Batman 78 – the Manhunter from Mars, and Batman in Canada

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Batman’s in Canada in issue 78 (Aug/Sept 53).

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The first story in the issue, by Hamilton, Schwartz and Paris, introduces a Manhunter from Mars, two years before J’onn J’onzz would debut.

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This one, who bears little to no resemblance to the later hero, is named Ron Kar, and comes to Earth to get Batman’s help for a case on Mars.  The story basically reprises the one from 1948.

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The Martians have all sorts of great weapons, and Batman winds up using jets to save Robin, who has been strapped to a rocket ship by the bad Martians.

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Reed, Schwartz and Kaye send Batman up north in this story, to the typical Canada from the comics, all snow and trees and lakes.

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At least the art looks good.  Batman becomes an honourary Mountie as he impresses them with his skills and weapons.

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There’s a good scene with a log flume, and Batman wears his white costume.

 

 

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