I was borderline obsessed with Batman for most of my young life.
While I wasn’t exposed to comic books until my mid-teens and have spent most of my life with very little knowledge of the rest of the DC universe, everything about the Caped Crusader and his facet of the universe interested me.
From the motive and modus operandi of the Dark Knight with all his suits and gadgets, to the wealth and philanthropy of Bruce Wayne and his wonderful butler, to the origin stories and chaotic crime sprees of his villains, I devoured it all as a kid and carried a deep love for it all for as long as I can possibly remember.
I watched every VHS, DVD, and televised cartoon that I could. Every birthday or holiday gift from friends and family was Batman themed. When I eventually got into comics, my first trade purchase was Batman: Haunted Knight, followed by a deep dive down the rabbit hole of Batman comics.
In later years, my love for Batman took a more nostalgic approach as I grew older and grew out of the long phase of owning and wearing nothing but Batman memorabilia and merch and began exploring other comic universes. But at that same time, my focus began to shift more on the villains I had seen time and time again but had never fully explored.
The villain that stuck out to me the most while growing up, and the one that I still consider to be my favorite to this day, is none other than Scarecrow.
As an Autumn child who watches too many psych-horrors, it felt only natural to develop a heavy affinity for Scarecrow’s entire aesthetic. While Bruce had his Bats, Jonathan Crane had his crows- both creatures I’ve always admired. His spiral from ‘brilliant psychologist’ to ‘deranged Master of Fear’, using experimental drugs and psychological tactics to induce and exploit the fears and phobias of Gotham to aid his research and feed his own addiction to fear, made him a uniquely interesting character to me. He’s twisted, but his brilliant insanity somehow has its charm.
Whether you have a similar appreciate for Scarecrow or you’ve never really paid him much attention, I highly recommend taking a look at Batman Arkham: Scarecrow. The Batman Arkham trades are so incredibly convenient, assembling each villains essential comics and collecting them into one neat paperback book. Starting with his first appearance in the fall of 1941 with World’s Finest Comics #3, Batman Arkham: Scarecrow contains 12 of Scarecrow’s best comics, and they’re all truly great!
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// GEEK :
(noun) obsessive enthusiast, or (verb) be or become extremely excited or enthusiastic about a subject
// ABOUT :
Morgan of House Geek, First of Her Name, Mother of a Ton of Funkos, Collector of Things, Writer of Stories, Designer of Websites, Watcher of Films, and Player of Games.
INTJ. Libra-Scorpio Cusp. Slytherin.
Jack of all trades, master of none.
// FUN FACT :
I prefer purchasing trades & volumes more than single issues. I find them to be more durable, so I can enjoy them more and they can easily stand on my display shelves without boards.