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Showcase Presents: Bat Lash (Showcase Presents)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
This value-priced volume stars Bat Lash, a self-professed pacifist, ladies' man and gambler whose hands are never far from his six-guns.
These are the original stories from the 1960s, involving jilted lovers, Indian raiders, card sharps and more as the legend of Bat Lash spreads across the old West.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 14th 2009 by DC Comics (first published July 7th 2009)
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Oct 16, 2009 Andy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Western comics fans
DC comics constantly pushed the envelope during the Silver Age, and "Bat Lash" was the western comic that stood out from the pack about a non-violent cowboy perpetually drawn into a world of violence. The comic's secret weapon was the ornate stylings of artist Nick Cardy who gave the comic a bizarre rococo feel with elegant saloons, fetching dance hall girls and western period lettering.

Unfortunately Marvel Comics rapidly gained in popularity during this period (late Sixties) with their overwro
Sesho Maru
Sep 01, 2012 Sesho Maru rated it it was amazing
Wow, after seeing Nick Cardy's art in the Aquaman Showcase 1, I couldn't believe this was the same artist that produced the original Bat Lash series. The art was great and suited the Old West setting perfectly. Lots of humor and even an emotional impact you wouldn't expect from a series like this. Great title.
Jul 19, 2009 Loyd rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Yes, it's an amalgam of Bat Masterson, Maverik, and a zillion other Sensitive Gunslinger-in-the-Wild-West stories. But this was a comic book, possibly the only one of its kind in the 60's and 70's. Nick Cardy (Aquaman, Teen Titans) and Sergio Aragones (Groo, Mad magazine) outdid themselves in this series, and it's obvious they had a lot of fun doing it.

I was never a fan of Marvel Western comics like Rawhide Kid and Kid Colt, but DC made some interesting experiments in the genre in the 60's and
Jason Luna
Sep 03, 2014 Jason Luna rated it it was amazing
A very clever mix of westerns, monthly comic books, and humor.

The character of Batlash is written in a very personable way, as he chats up all these ladies he has crushes on, he declares his affinity for fine food and drink and flowers and stuff. In general, the dialogue is written in a very solid way, even though at times it's kind of forced exposition.

The stories have a great sense of action to them. Unlike a lot of comic books, they motivate the action pretty well, because Bat Lash has a pers
Rich Meyer
Dec 22, 2012 Rich Meyer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
This is the series by which most western comics should be judged. Bat Lash was a short-lived comic book in the late sixties created by Sergio Aragones (best known for his margin cartoons in Mad Magazine) and Nick Cardy (best known for his work on Teen Titans and Aquaman). Bat Lash reads like a spaghetti western directed by Fred Zinneman.

It's a shame that this series hasn't been given a hardcover color treatment yet, but the fine details of Nick Cardy's artwork, and Dan Spiegle's in the newer st
Reprints Showcase #76, Bat Lash #1-7, DC Special Series #16, and Jonah Hex #49, 51-52. Bat Lash travels the West and does whatever he feels like. Bat Lash is a very strange Western comic. It seems to be heavily influenced by series like Maverick where the action is tongue and cheek. Sometimes this works in the stories but other times it feels very repetative and the stories don't seem to know how to end. The few origin stories that ended the Bat Lash series seemed to start to develop the ...more
Jul 19, 2009 Tom rated it liked it
Fans of DC's Showcase series and Westerns should probably be warned this volume is notacably shorter than the others at 240 pages, not even half of the standard 500+ (meaning even Ambush Bug got more pages than Bat Lash), but this is a lighthearted series for the most part of a gunslighter who abhored violence and seemed to fall into a lot of it anyway. Its mildly humorous and has a certain charm, but there just isn't much here.
Fraser Sherman
Jan 03, 2014 Fraser Sherman rated it it was ok
Back in the days when comic-book Western heroes were as true-blue as the Lone Ranger, Bat Lash stood out: a peace-loving (unless someone shot at him), womanizing, gambling crook, though not without a flash of decency. Unfortunately while Nick Cardy was a fabulous art, the look of the book is too slapstick-comical (very much in the style of co-creator Sergio Aragones) when it really needs something a little more black-humored.
May 22, 2015 Erik rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-western
A western hero in the vein of Maverick, Bat Lash takes western stereotypes and plays them up for comedic effect. The stories are fun and funny, and there’s a bit of heart too. Nick Cardy’s art is a perfect fit for the tone, although there’s a noticeable drop in quality when the artist switches for the last few entries.
Jul 08, 2012 Rob added it
One of the all-time great DC Western heroes. Aragones & Cardy tell some great, mostly lighthearted, stories.
Aug 26, 2012 Joseph rated it really liked it
Pretty fun stories. Glad to see these collected. Hopefully, we will see more of Bat Lash in the new 52.
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Nov 02, 2009 John rated it liked it
Fun and funny, if a bit dated.
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