DC Retroactive: Batman – The ’80s

DC Comics Retroactive Batman of the 80s

Cover for Batman Retroactive - The '80s by Jerry Bingham & Carlos Badilla.

This is the cover for Batman Retroactive from the 1980s by Jerry Bingham and Carlos Badilla.

Retroactive is a play on “RetCon, short for Retroactive Continuity, a fan idiom for rewriting the history the comics have established thus far.  It is something DC Comics is in dire need of if they are to continue.

Retroactive is a limited series DC Comics will be running this summer with old writers and artists telling “lost tale” of the earlier eras and continuities.  It is part of a reboot of all characters and relaunch of all titles, using old writers and artists to reconnect with their past and address the massive loss of readers in time to take advantage of The Dark Knight Rises next summer.

DC’s inability to take advantage of the unprecedented popularity generated by The Dark Knight and its viral in 2008 is widely speculated to have brought about the restructuring which placed the comics division under Warner Bros. control rather than the Time Warner publishing arm. A second failure could well mean a permanent shutdown of print comics, rather than allow the rogue division to go on damaging valuable corporate properties. More »

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