Rocktober – The Dark And Stormy Night Rises

“Everything comes back down to Batman, in the end.” – Donal Graeme

It’s dark and will likely be raining tonight, apropos for the night before Halloween.

Exciting Beginning

Dark And Stormy Knight 1

Dark And Stormy Knight 2

A sequel was attempted…

The Dark And Stormy Night Rises

 

..but ultimately not produced.

The phrase “It was a dark and stormy night” comes from the 1830 novel Paul Clifford, written by Sir Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton, and was picked up years later by Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz, who gave the line to aspiring author Snoopy as part of that decorated WWI Flying Ace’s ongoing efforts to be published.

The novel began thusly –

“It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents – except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness.”

Sounds like the setting for Gotham. Or a metal video game.

Schulz had Snoopy write out his novel, starting with the famous line and building from there, and can be read it its (short) entirety here.

It Was A Dark And Stormy Night cover

In 1981, writer Len Wein and artist Walt Simonson did something fun for the 500th issue of Detective Comics, where Batman originated, by doing a remix of sorts of Snoopy’s novel, presented in its (also short) entirety above.

Somewhere along the line, Charles Schulz did a drawing for DC Comics artist Carmine Infantino, who drew Batman in the 60s –

Meanwhile, Back At Stately Snoopy Manor...

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Posted on October 30, 2015, in ♫ ♪ ♫, Fun Stuff, Hey! Comix! and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. “Everything comes back down to Batman, in the end.”

    It’s true, you know.

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