Thursday, June 06, 2019

Batman foils thieves who rob little towns along the Mississippi River in this month's Batman calendar. Was Osceola one of the towns?

I have the Vintage Batman 2019 Calendar by Asgard Press.  Every month features a different vintage Batman comic book cover.  This month's cover (the cover for June) is Detective Comics #90 from August 1944.  The title of the issue's Batman story is "Crime Between the Acts!"  It tells the story of a showboat called the Mississippi Mermaid that travels down the Mississippi River.  The troupe aboard the ship entertains the "river folk" at the little towns along the river, and during the intermissions of their shows, the troupe sneaks off the ship and robs the towns blind.  That is, until they're stopped by Batman and Robin!

I read the issue on the DC Universe streaming service and I was disappointed to find out that my hometown of Osceola, Arkansas was not one of the little towns that the showboat stopped at!

It was funny, though, that the showboat captain & leader of the river gang that robbed the towns was named Captain Ben.  After all, I played a character called Captain Ben in our Star Trek series of movies at Dramedy Productions!

Hmmmm...this Captain Ben doesn't look much like my Captain Ben...