Ready Steady Go! The Dynamic Duo of Great Britain

Of all the Batmen of Many Nations, my favorite is a Robin of Many Nations: The Squire of Great Britain:

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The gag was the “Dark Knight” of the UK was actually “The Knight” and his aide was “The Squire”.  They were a pretty thin joke and stayed that way for a good fifty years.  Grant Morrison decided to make them interesting in a great bit called JLA CLASSIFIED 1-3.  The Squire had grown up inheriting The Knight’s mantle and had a new Squire, Beryl.  They went on to star in several key moments of BATMAN INC.

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The Book You Need To Read?  A hard-to-find collection called, coincidently, KNIGHT AND SQUIRE, done by Paul Cornell and Jimmy Broxton.   Quite possibly the best comic I read that year, and not just because of Jarvis Poker The British Joker.  Trust me, if you read my blog, you need this book.

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The truth of it is: It’s all Beryl’s story.  It’s her growing out of adolescence and, sometimes painfully, into adulthood.

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DC DIRECT did THE KNIGHT in their limited BATMAN INC wave, but missed the point of the book when they forgot the brain of the team.

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I had delayed making The Squire for a million years, thinking it was going to be some onerous task.  Quite the opposite, our Beryl turned out to make herself and did so quite nicely.  I made only one real artistic interpretation, which was to do her crest in gold: it was practically invisible in green.  I did the Knight’s belt buckle in a matching black background, which drew attention to it nicely.

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Right. Enjoy these figures, go read the book, and let’s share a toast: To moderation.

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3 responses to “Ready Steady Go! The Dynamic Duo of Great Britain

  1. I first met her thanks to Grant…

  2. burnrourk

    She looks great! I don’t recognize the figure you used. What was the recipe?

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