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Batgirl has been unmasked as Leslie Grace Lands the Role of Barbara Gordon

Batgirl #50

Reports have been coming out that Warner Bros. and DC have found their Barbara Gordon/Batgirl in Leslie Grace. Grace is considered a rising star after her breakout role in In the Heights.

The casting has not been confirmed but Grace has confirmed it herself on Twitter.

Batgirl currently is going to be an HBO Max release and one of the major properties to debut exclusively on the platform. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will direct the film off of a script by Christina Hodson. Kristin Burr is producing.

Generally, Batgirl is Barbara Gordon, the daughter of Commissioner Gordon who must deal with balancing the Gotham Police force and masked vigilantes in the city, including his daughter.

Batgirl was created by Bill Figner and Sheldon Moldoff and debuted in Batman #139 in April 1961. Originally Betty Kane, she later became Barbara Gordon in 1967. Gordon debuted in Detective Comics #359 in January 1967 by writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino. Others have donned the cape and cowl including Huntress Helena Bertinelli, Cassandra Cain, and Stephanie Brown.

Preview: The Flash #123 Facsimile Edition

The Flash #123 Facsimile Edition

(W) Gardner Fox (A) Joe Giella (CA) Murphy Anderson (A/CA) Carmine Infantino
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The classic tale from 1961 that introduced the concept of the Multiverse to the pages of DC Comics is reprinted here! There’s a crimewave in Central City, and the Flash will need help to stop the villains’ spree-fortunately, help is on the way in the form of the Golden Age Fastest Man Alive, Jay Garrick!

The Flash #123 Facsimile Edition

Preview: Detective Comics #359 Facsimile Edition

Detective Comics #359 Facsimile Edition

(W) Gardner Fox, John Broome (A) Sid Greene (A/CA) Carmine Infantino, Murphy Anderson
In Shops: Jan 15, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Batgirl makes her first appearance in this 1967 origin story, reprinted in a new facsimile edition! As both Batgirl and Oracle, Barbara Gordon has been a pivotal part of the Batman family for decades. In “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl,” what starts as a trip to a costume party sparks a crime-fighting career, as Barbara helps Batman and Robin defeat Killer Moth! Plus, the Elongated Man must solve “The Riddle of the Sleepytime Taxi”!

Detective Comics #359 Facsimile Edition

Preview: Jungle Girls

Jungle Girls

Gardner Fox (w) • Matt Baker & Various (a) • L. B. Cole (c)

An anthology that collects the best Golden Age (1940s-1950s) comic book stories featuring strong female versions of Tarzan. The sassy, brassy, and beautiful girls of the four-color Golden Age don’t just rule the jungle, they look good doing it, too! Strong, sexy, leopard-clad women fight apes, lions, and evil white-man traders while the Tarzan-like boyfriends cling to their vines watching admiringly from a safe distance.

HC • FC • $29.99 • 160 pages • 9” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-915-8

Jungle Girls

Preview: Mysteries of Love in Space #1

Mysteries of Love in Space #1

(W) James Tynion IV, Saladin Ahmed, Cecil Castellucci, Kyle Higgins, Jeff Loveness, Others (A) Tom Grummett, Kyle Hotz, Elena Casagrande, Max Dunbar, Others (CA) Joelle Jones
In Shops: Jan 30, 2019
SRP: $9.99

Sometimes love can make you feel like you’re from another planet…but what if you actually were? Join Superman, The New Gods, Green Lantern, Starro, Hawkgirl and even the Teen Titans’ new sensation Crush for eight tales of romance that will whisk you to the moon and back!

Mysteries of Love in Space #1

Preview: Thunda Collection

Thunda Collection

W) Robert Place Napton, Gardner Fox
(A) Cliff Richards, Frank Frazetta
(CA) Jae Lee

After a military helicopter crashes in a remote valley in Africa, a lone survivor awakens without memory of his identity or mission. From the wreckage, he learns only his name: Roger Drum. Armed with instinctive survival skills, the amnesiac roams his new surroundings, discovering a bizarre lost world of dinosaurs, mammoths, sabretooth tigers, and primitive human tribes. Against the backdrop of this hostile new reality, Drum must come to terms with his violent past… so that he may assume the respected and feared mantle of the prophesied jungle warrior Thun’da!

Thun’da, the hero of the primeval forest created by legendary fantasy illustrator Frank Frazetta, returns in this action-packed adventure by Robert Place Napton and Cliff Richards! As a special treat, Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents four classic tales of Thun’da, fully remastered and featuring the creative talents of comic legends Gardner Fox (Detective Comics, The Flash) and Frank Frazetta himself!

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Review: Bob Powell’s Complete Cave Girl

cavegirl 1Those reading comics primarily from a modern perspective might think that with the explosion of interest in the independents that it is the first time that the medium of comics has ventured outside of the comfortable confines of superheroes, science-fiction and fantasy.  While there has been an explosion in recent years in the popularity of other genres in the medium, it is really nothing new.  Comic fans in the early years of the medium would have had a harder time finding the superheroes among the myriad of other characters, whether they be from crime, romance, western or adventure comics.  Among one of the sub-genres of comics in earlier years was that of the jungle queen or jungle girl, a version or Tarzan that mixed femininity with a more feral nature.  Bob Powell’s Cave Girl takes a look at a small slice of these stories, collecting all of the artist’s work on this nearly forgotten character.

Although comic book reading is seemingly in a resurgence, those comic readers that are used to only modern comics would be in for a shock when picking up older issues from the silver age or the golden age.  The stories back then were aimed at a completely different audience, looking to get the attention of younger readers, not readers in their teens or adult years.  This made the stories simpler in a sense, with easier plot twists and usually less believable outcomes.  The stories were rarely if ever serialized either, and this made the wrap-ups to plots sometimes maddeningly fast.  Those expecting to pick up this volume and to be entertained by modern standards will be disappointed, as the stories are simplistic and easy and of marginal entertainment value.  Where this volume does succeed is through the introductory essays which put the stories firmly in place within the history of the medium.  By reading them first and then reading the comics, the comic reader will be immersed in a bygone era when people knew who Bob Powell was and when a jungle girl was a completely relevant protagonist to carry a series.

Someone picking this up and simply flipping through the pages will likely miss the point.  A few times in the introductory words it is all but said that the stories themselves are not really worthy of being revisited, more so the art and the genre.  Taken all together the result is different though, as a firm appreciation of a part of the past of the medium is understood.  Those seeking only superheroics out of comics might not find as much here, but those that realize how wide of a spectrum this medium offers will likely be impressed with this anthology, as it reminds that comics are as imaginative as the creative team makes them into.

Story: Gardner Fox Art: Bob Powell
Story: 6.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.

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