Monday, March 30, 2015

Holey Socks, Batman!

 It's time for new hosiery.


My daughter and her husband, Ann and Mike, gave me the gift of new socks!  They were generous, too, for they not only presented me with the pair pictured above, they gave me a second pair just like them!

  

Batman was introduced to the world on March 30, 1939 in Detective Comics #27.  Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.  His first appearance was as a full-grown man, and the Caped Crusader has been fighting crime ever since!


Vexing and dastardly deeds occurring in Gotham?  Flash the Bat Signal into the night sky!  The Dark Knight and his faithful sidekick, Robin, will surely appear quickly to vanquish the crooks and resolve your problems.

My first introduction to Batman was in the mid-40s.  He had not been around that many years.  The comic book was not considered the greatest of literature in our household, and yet somehow I managed to get acquainted with this fearless crime fighter.

Many years later with children of my own, I watched Adam West and Burt Ward in the "Batman" series on TV.  This program was true to comic book style and I liked it better than I did the subsequent films made for the big screen.  This is what the daughter remembered.  A very thoughtful gift and reminder of another time in my life.

I liked Batman because, unlike other comic-book superheroes, Batman had no special superhuman powers.  He utilized his wealth, ingenuity, physical prowess, wits and skill in his war on criminal activity.  That is, he used the same sort of tools used by his nemeses, and by crooks and politicians everywhere.  Yet he turned his assets to accomplishment of good. 


12 comments:

Secondary Roads said...

A friend attended a comic convention. While wandering through the display area, he overheard a heated argument between two guys. They were passionately debating whether Superman or Batman was the greater. Finally one fellow asked, "You do know that Superman is a fictional character, don't you?"

KC Bob said...

I am a big fan of the current film adaptation of the story.

vanilla said...

Chuck, how appropriate; hilarity reigns at a comcon!

KC Bob, in truth, I have not seen the latest adaptation of the tale. Perhaps I would like it.

Sharkbytes said...

The recent Batman distortions have gotten too weird for me. I have a hard time picturing you in Batman socks...

Lin said...

yeah, what Shark said.

I don't care for the movies--they are awfully dark, while the TV show was more light-hearted. I like how campy the TV show was.

I like the socks. :)

vanilla said...

Sharkey, believe it. The socks, I mean. When I plied my trade, I was know system-wide for my colorful socks.

Lin, thank you. I still like my "interesting" footwear. The "camp" quality to the old TV series is the comic book essence I enjoyed.

Vee said...

You have always been known for your colorful and sometimes weird socks. Fun!

vanilla said...

Vee, weird? Well, all right, then. don't know how I drifted away from that; just a phase, I guess. I am wearing the Bat Signal sox this morning.

Vee said...

Weird in a good way, of course.

vanilla said...

Vee, of course I knew you meant that in a good way.

Ilene said...

How nice that you are keeping up with the latest trend in fashion footwear. Mismatched, yet coordinated socks are all the rage.

vanilla said...

Ilene, I've yet to muster the courage to wear them as the "pair" depicted.