Batman 219 – Batman get skyjacked, and a crimeless Christmas

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Neal Adams does the cover on Batman 219 (Feb. 70), and also the art for one of the stories inside, but not the one from the cover.

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Robbins, Novick and Giordano handle the cover story.  Bruce Wayne is accompanying a senator on a flight to Washington, to promote the Victims Incorporated program, and the plane get skyjacked, a popular crime in the late 60 and early 70s.  So the story deals with how Bruce manages to become Batman in the confined space, without giving away his identity.

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It’s a solid and enjoyable thriller, and fun to see how Batman play the situation, going into action as Bruce, in order to get thrown into a locked room where he can change into Batman.

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Later, he puts an inflatable life vest into the Batman suit to scare the hijackers, and also to make it appear that Bruce Wayne and Batman are separate people.

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Friedrich, Adams and Giordano tilt towards the supernatural in this Christmas story.  Batman drops by police headquarters, and Commissioner Gordon gets him to join in singing carols.

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While Batman and the police sing, we get a variety of scenes of crimes that get stopped, or do not take place, as people encounter images of Batman, in one form or another.

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There is a strange panel of a ghostly Gordon, suggesting that the “spirit of Christmas” kept Gotham crime free that night.  It all looks great, and is a fun little read.

Over the next couple of years, the Batman series would touch more and more on the supernatural.

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