This is definitely one of the first 10 or so Batman comic books I remember owning, as it would have hit the stands just before my 7th Birthday. I've likely read more than 1,000 Batman-related comics during my lifetime, so those early issues hold a special place in my heart. As much as I say that Aparo's Batman is 'My Batman', the Novick/McLaughlin version is likely #2. I think that Frank McLaughlin was the perfect inker for Irv Novick, adding a lot of depth and atmosphere to Novick's solid pencils. As a kid, I didn't realize that Crazy Quilt was one of those bottom of the Bat-barrell villains. As far as I knew, he was as important as the Joker or Catwoman (I also felt the same way about Killer Moth back in the day). I actually found his back story to be quite engaging. Len Wein's script helps to make CQ a relatively sympathetic character, which my young mind had a hard time reconciling with his overall craziness. It's certainly not Dark Knight Returns, but looking back this really was a pretty solid outing.
Groovy Christmases Past: 1974
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