Man-Bat Pt. 20: Batman Family #19
Kirk Langstrom wakes up and cannot locate Francine, but their bedroom window is open.
Just as "She-Bat" is knocked down, Man-Bat swoops in.
Later, Kirk confronts his wife:
With this comes a realization:
Of course, Man-Bat stops Snafu and flies him to Captain Daniels, but Daniels is none too happy to see him.
In the night air, Man-Bat has another realization:
I think I’ve got a way to solve my financial problems – and keep on being Man-Bat! Now if Francine still has Jason Bard’s phone number…
For once, in #29, we have the same format for an issue of Batman Family as we did the previous month… same character stories (Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Man-Bat, Huntress) and same page counts!
As I predicted last week, it wasn’t Kirk Langstrom, Man-Bat, flying around town fighting crime; it was Francine Langstrom, She-Bat! It’s more obvious on Danny Bulanadi’s splash page that the bat-creature is a woman… narrower waist, slender hips, less hairy…
Then, when Man-Bat appears, something becomes painfully obvious. Why does he wear pants and she doesn’t? Bulandi’s art is still OK, even though we see more details of Man-Bat this time around. And, regardless of the artist, this is a beautiful panel:
Title: Batman Family
Issue #: 19
Cover Date: Aug./Sept. 1978
On Sale Date: May 16, 1978
Writer(s): Bob Rozakis
Penciller: Danny Bulanadi
Inker: Romeo Tanghal
Editor: Allen Milgram