By Jacobus Dixon

It was bad enough having to contend with Captain Marvel, but now Superman-DC (the nickname given to comics from National Allied Publications and Detective Comics Inc. as they unofficially merged) had to deal with Captain America as well. One was a living childhood fantasy; the other was a super-idealized form of what happens when you mix nationalism and super heroics. Yeah, Superman’s great, but he’s a grown up while Captain Marvel is actually still a kid doing amazing things. And it’s fun watching Batman and Robin take on the Joker with nothing but their manpower and wits, but Captain America is fighting the real threat of German spies. While both Batman and Superman are certainly not devoid of neither childhood fantasy nor real world danger (or at least as real as it gets in terms of comic book writing), those subjects did not feature as strongly in their stories. So how did they contend with characters that used them as a solid foundation?

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Batman

By Jacobus Dixon

While he still had a little ways to go in terms of reaching Superman levels of fame, Batman was still a pretty big hit for National Comics. But with the addition of Robin, that popularity doubled to the point where National thought it would be a good idea to give him his own title. Even with characters like Superman, there was always a little trepidation on giving a character their own magazine. Mostly because there was always the question of: “well, yeah…People like their individual stories, but will they read four consecutive stories with that character?” So far, Superman’s appearances in two magazines hadn’t hurt his image. But Batman wasn’t Superman…

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By Jacobus Dixon

With the arrival of Whiz Comics #2 (later renumbered to #1) and Captain Marvel, National Comics had some true competition against Superman, their star seller. What tipped the balance was a demographic that neither National Comics nor Fawcett Publications really paid much heed to, children. Ever since their onset, comic book magazines were really meant to be an all-ages form of entertainment. And all ages did indeed read them. From Little Lulu to Tarzan to Gasoline Alley, readers from a variety of demographics would indulge in the books to get some disposable entertainment while on the go or whenever they had a little downtime. As long as there was a demand for the comics, the publishers were happy to print them. As long as the profits came in, who cared who was paying for them? Although Captain Marvel was definitely not the first comic to feature a series based around a child or children, it combined the sensibilities of those previous comics with that of the superhero genre, and as a result swayed many children away from Superman to Captain Marvel.

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There’s been a lot of talk about the events that take place in Grant Morrison’s Batman Inc. #8 recently. And whenever big news happens in the comic book world, Midtown Comics is there to comment! If you haven’t read Batman Inc. #8 yet, you may not want to watch…

The Joker’s back, and he’s ready to take down the one thing that Batman needs: his family! With so many lives on the line, we take a look at who’s the most likely to meet a grim end at the hands of the Joker! What are everyone’s odds? Click though to find out!

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New York, NY, September 7, 2011- Midtown Comics in New York City will present Peter J. Tomasi signing his all-new DC Comics book Batman and Robin #1 at Midtown Comics Downtown on Wednesday, September 14th from 5:00PM to 6:00PM.

This is the first of three signing events in the month of September that Midtown Comics Downtown will host for the celebration of the launch of DC The New 52. Other events include writers Scott Snyder and Ivan Brandon on 9/21 for Batman #1 and Men of War #1 and writer Ron Marz on 9/28 for Voodoo #1.

Peter J. Tomasi is a fan-favorite writer for such DC Comics tiles as Nightwing, Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors, and The Outsiders. Tomasi has also collaborated regularly with writer Geoff Johns on such titles as Blackest Night, Brightest Day, and Justice Society of America.

Batman and Robin #1: Battling evil with his son, Damian, at his side, Batman now realizes that the hardest part of the job may be trying to work together! As Batman and Robin try to adjust to their new partnership, a figure emerges from Bruce Wayne’s past: His name is NoBody, and he’s not happy that Batman Incorporated is shining a light on his own shadowy war against evil…

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