Welcome to ‘I’d Buy That For A Dollar’ a column where I will be exploring the weird and wonderful world of dollar bin diving. The only rule is each and every comic is purchased for one dollar (or less!).
This week’s comic is Batman Batman Black and White #4.
Batman Black and White is a multi-volume limited series with a simple and fantastic concept; great comic creators making short, black and white Batman stories. Pretty much every issue is great, so grabbing one in a bin dive is a no brainer. Issue #4 is one of the best ones. Just check out the stacked credits: “An Innocent Guy” by Brian Bolland, “Monsters in the Closet” written by Jan Strnad, art by Kevin Nowlan, “Heroes” written by Archie Goodwin, art by Gary Gianni (this one won an Eisner Award), “Leavetaking” written by Dennis O’Neil, art by Brian Stelfreeze and “The Third Mask” by Katsuhiro Otomo.
Oh, and the cover is by Alex Toth!
Each story is a solid read and any synopsis would give away too much, so I’m just going to let the pages flow below, in the order they appear in the comic.
*My issue was missing Brian Bolland’s piece and “Monsters in the Closet”, so I read the those digitally. This comic is literally falling apart (as you can see by the loose pages in the pictures.
An Innocent Guy by Brian Bolland
Monsters in the Closet written by Jan Strnad, art by Kevin Nowlan
“Heroes” by Archie Goodwin, art by Gary Gianni
“Leavetaking” by Dennis O’Neil, art by Brian Stelfreeze
and finally, the best one in the issue…
“The Third Mask” by Katsuhiro Otomo
That Otomo jam is the best right? Makes me want to see an Otomo Neo-Gotham ala Aklira’s Neo-Tokyo! Anyway great book, grab it and keep hitting those dollar bins!
You can find great dollar bins at almost every local comic shop. So find a shop, ask a comic clerk what they can do for you during this time and get some dollar comics! Pick them up curbside and have them delivered if you must!