Of all the major superheroes Batman is the most fetishistic: the mask, the cape, the bat logo with the wings, the darkness. There is also all the S/M gear: the ropes, pulleys, weapons, and the Bat Cave as dungeon. And let’s not forget the sadistic desire to punish criminals. He’s also the most fun to draw. So it made sense that Creep Rat would want to be Bat Rat. My favorite Batman artists are the more cartoony ones: Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson, and Dick Sprang (one of the great dick names). I love art spiegelman’s quote about Batman:“ When I was a kid, Batman was my favorite superhero because I couldn’t figure out if he was a good guy or a bad guy. Frank Miller is still trying to figure that out.”
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Jokes like this have been made about blood sucking before. Sergio Aragones in Mad had a great strip back in the 70’s about a vampire sucking a hippy’s blood and tripping. And the FX TV show version of What We Do in the Shadows did this idea three weeks ago. My version is more deadly
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