Past & Present:
It occurred to me I’ve never seen what Tom Blake looked like outside of costume in his original pre-Crisis incarnation. (Detective Comics #311)
Needless to say I would’ve never guessed he was originally a brown-haired, almost middle-aged bloke who—through the clusterfuck of the Crisis reboot—got a complete makeover to the blonde-haired, blue-eyed young fellow we got in Secret Six.
I’d say that second image almost feels like a natural reaction to the one above.
I noticed that for the first time this past issue because I usually skim over that part and the thought bugged me too.
I noticed it since the JSA Annual from 2008 and have wondered about it ever since.
Like…I can get that Helena Wayne being Batman’s daughter would kind of throw her into the iconic superhero pool, but the part that baffles me is the fact that Kara Zor-L is also related to another one of DC’s iconic characters, yet there’s never any mention of her creators. I would think that being ‘Superman’s cousin’ would be considered a big thing.
Credits Where Do
So we all know that Bob Kane and Bill Finger always get a mention as the creators of Batman on every piece of merchandise featuring the character, as does Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel for Superman, and William Moulton Marston for Wonder Woman.
Although the character of Huntress/Helena Wayne isn’t exactly known outside of comics, her creators (Paul Levitz and Joe Staton and sometimes Bob Layton) always get a mention as her creators in every comic that features her (except for Earth-2 since she was barely in it).
Yet we never see Gerry Conway or Wally Wood’s names mentioned as the creators of Power Girl in every comic that’s featured her, not even in her own solo series, or the book that she shares with the Huntress.
Does anyone else wonder about that or is it just me?
On a similar note, has anyone else also noticed that Paul Levitz and Joe Staton never got a mention as the Huntress creators either when Helena Bertinelli was the Huntress? Only when she appeared as Helena Wayne?
Dad’s kind of situation: opposition with clearly equal or superior strength, no effective weapons. “Look at your environment, Helena. Weaponize it.”
Apologies if this is a dumb question (I didn’t read the issue), but is this the first time Helena has explicitly acknowledged her ‘Dark Knight Daughter’ status since issue #5 of the Huntress mini?
‘Everything I have, everything I am, is because of him. I am the Batman’s daughter. I am The Huntress’ -Helena Wayne (JSA Annual #1)
Helena Wayne on winning and losing.
Helena Wayne. Gotham Royalty.
As per always, very nice work, Steph! :)
I AM 99% SURE ALL OF THESE PICTURES ARE OF HELENA BERTINELLI PLEASE STOP.
All of these images are labelled correctly. This is how Helena Wayne looks in the New 52.
This is when Wayne was using Bertinelli as an alias, right?
Only in the Huntress miniseries. She stopped using the Helena Bertinelli alias by Worlds’ Finest #1 and this photoset uses images from both books.
Also as a side note, I hope everyone reblogging this is fully aware that this photoset was made by someone who is a huge fan of Helena Bertinelli. She of all people knows which scans are Bertinelli and which ones are Wayne.
Just getting it out there!