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SUPERHERO SMACKDOWN ; IN HOLLYWOOD BATTLE ROYALE, IT'S BATMAN (IN THE BLACK TRUNKS) VS. FANTASTIC FOUR
[STATEWIDE Edition]
Hartford Courant - Hartford, Conn.
Author: Weir, William||||||Courant Staff Writer
Date: Jun 15, 2005
Start Page: D.1
Section: LIFE
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Batman -- Right through the late 1980s, comic-book characters were preoccupied with curbing the spread of socialism. Not so Batman, who had plenty of other fish to fry in Gotham without getting bogged down in global politics. In one episode, though, he was falsely arrested for being a communist spy. Nobody mistakes the Fantastic Four for pinkos.

Fantastic Four -- Looking to buck comic-book traditions, writers of the Fantastic Four had their creations go the first couple of issues without costumes, opting for casual wear instead. Readers were livid and flooded Marvel offices with angry mail. Marvel capitulated with blue uniforms.

Batman -- Wearing a cape in public is a bold move. Jo McKenzie, executive assistant and matriarch to the Rowland administration, raised a ruckus last year just by wearing one to a trial. "You can't cast aspersions on someone just because they're wearing a cape." So says Jerry in a "Seinfeld" episode featuring a caped attorney. We agree. If capes are good enough for Batman and Mama Jo, they're good enough for us. Point goes to Batman.

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