Thursday, November 4, 2010

Another Batman post: The Batman and Robin butt sex cover edition

Dr. Frederic Wertham, the late anti-comic book crusader, once wrote of Batman and Robin:
At home they lead an idyllic life. They are Bruce Wayne and "Dick" Grayson. Bruce Wayne is described as a "socialite" and the official relationship is that Dick is Bruce's ward. They live in sumptuous quarters, with beautiful flowers in large vases, and have a butler, Alfred. Batman is sometimes shown in a dressing gown. As they sit by the fireplace the young boy sometimes worries about his partner: "Something's wrong with Bruce. He hasn't been himself these past few days." It is like a wish dream of two homosexuals living together. Sometimes they are shown on a couch, Bruce reclining and Dick sitting next to him, jacket off, collar open, and his hand on his friend's arm. Like the girls in other stories, Robin is sometimes held captive by the villains and Batman has to give in or "Robin gets killed."
Crackpottery, obviously. Batman was a superhero, and Robin, his boy sidekick, was created so that the young readers who were the target audience of the superhero comics would have someone to whom they could "relate." Captain America had Bucky, Aquaman had Aqualad, Flash had Kid Flash, etc.

There wasn't anything homosexual about their relationships. Not that there would be anything wrong with that, if there was. Unless the kid sidekicks were underage, of course. Then you get into a NABRLA situation, and that's kinda creepy.

And yet. Here is the cover of an upcoming issue of DC Comics' current title, Batman and Robin:

Seriously, does it look like anything other than the middle Batman is having intense, hardcore cosplay butt sex with Robin? How on earth did this cover make it past the editors and the marketing people?

What is perhaps even more interesting, at least in light of Dr. Wertham's concerns, is that the middle Batman on that cover is actually Dick Grayson, the superhero formerly known as Robin. And the new Robin is actually Bruce Wayne's (Batman's) son:
Other such changes include the full integration of Bruce Wayne's wayward son, Damian, into DC Universe continuity -- and as the new Robin, no less -- and the (temporary) death of Bruce Wayne himself, prompting Dick Grayson, the first Robin, to assume the Batman identity permanently.
So here we have the new Batman, who used to be the sidekick Robin, engaged in what appears to be anal intercourse with the new Robin, who is in fact the son of the original hero, who is standing triumphantly over the entire proceeding. I suppose there is some statement being made about the more things change and all that, but, really...

That cover. Wow.


A.Jaye said...


Oh Ricky.

Ricky Sprague said...

Since posting this I've started to wonder if maybe the middle Batman isn't giving birth to the Robin?

I don't know.

A.Jaye said...

Could it be a metaphorical visual of Robin ascending into the Batman?

Two Batmen? I know Frank Miller didn't write this hit.

Ricky Sprague said...

If he's ascending, then shouldn't he be facing up? But then again, if he's facing up and they're all ascending, then the visual presents a whole new set of "Human Centipede (First Sequence)" type problems.

I do wish the first thing I'd thought of was your metaphor idea, instead of what I actually thought of.