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The Brave and the Bold

The Brave and the Bold is the title shared by many comic book series published by DC Comics. It was first published as an ongoing series from 1955 to 1983, then two mini-series in 1991 and in 1999, and was finally revived as an ongoing in 2007.

The focus of each version of the comic has varied over time but most commonly (and currently) features team-ups of characters from across the DC Universe.

The first volume of the series ran for 200 issues from August 1955 to July 1983. Originally, Brave and the Bold was an anthology series featuring adventure tales from past ages with characters like Silent Knight, Viking Prince, Golden Gladiator, Robin Hood, and many others.

But with issue #25, the series got reinvented as a try-out title for new characters and concepts. Each were tried out in three issues at a time. The first in issues #25-27 was the Suicide Squad, following by the Justice League of America from issues #28-30, leading to the title of the same name and the team becoming DC's well-known superhero team. Other characters and teams that became well-known thanks to the book were Metamorpho, Nemesis, and the Teen Titans, among others.

But then in issue #50, the series got reinvented again as a venue for team-ups between established characters. But, first in issues #67-71, and then #74 followed, random team-ups were replaced by Batman team-ups. Thus, yet again, the title was revented as a Batman team-up, with Batman as the main star of the book, and that stayed 'til the title's end with issue #200. While the reasons behind this move are unclear, the cover dates for the issues that started this reinvention seem to indicate that this started thanks to the Batman television series that was gaining popularity at the time.

Other than being a Batman team-up book, the title is also known for the first to feature Neal Adams' version of Batman, generating fan interest that led to his style becoming the then-modern, or currently modern, Batman image. The final issue featured the then-latest new superhero team that happened to be Batman's own superhero team; Batman and the Outsiders.

In December 1991-June 1992, The Brave and the Bold returned as a 6 part mini-series featuring Green Arrow, The Question, and the Butcher. The mini-series was written by Mike Grell.

Then in October 1999- March 2000, a second 6 part mini-series was published starring The Flash and Green Lantern titled Flash and Green Lantern: The Brave and the Bold. This mini-series was written by Mark Waid and Tom Peyer with art by Barry Kitson and Tom Grindberg. A trade paperback of this mini-series was published in 2001 (ISBN 1563897083).

The title was used again in 2001 for The Brave and the Bold Annual No. 1 1969 Issue, a one-shot special that reprinted selected Silver Age team-ups in the 1960s-style 80-Page Giant format, as a companion piece to the original comic book series, had an Annual issue been published at that time.

After years of fan interest since the cancellation of the first volume, DC resurrected the Brave and the Bold title as a second volume on-going series in April 2007. Deciding that it would be a random team-up book and not a Batman team-up book, the first writer was Mark Waid, who remained on the title from its first issue to its sixteenth. While the first arc involved Batman, in a team-up with Green Lantern: Hal Jordan, the story had the two team-up with various others characters as well. Other characters included the likes of Supergirl, Lobo, Blue Beetle, and the Legion of Super Heroes. The second arc picked up threads from the first arc, but mainly focussed on self-contained stories.

After Waid's departure, Marv Wolfman took over for only a two part storyline, while David Hine and Doug Braithwaite are currently doing a four issue arc on the book featuring Hal Jordan and Phantom Stranger. Also Dan Jurgens is writing a issue with Booster Gold and Magog. Announced at WonderCon: writer J. Michael Straczynski, or JMS for short, will take over the book with Jesus Saiz on art. Straczynski was suppose to be using his run on the title to fully integrate various Archie Comics (specifically those under the Red Circle Comics banner) superheroes into the main DC Universe. but this has changed to the Archie characters in a series of one-shots.

Then in 2007, DC Comics started releasing hardcovers of the current Brave and the Bold series. Volume 1 was released on December 5, 2007, Volume 2 was released on August 5, 2008, and Volume 3 will be released in March 2009.

The series won Alley Awards in 1962 for Best Single Comic Book Cover (#42 by Joe Kubert), in 1965 for Best Comic Book Cover (#61 by Murphy Anderson), and in 1968 for Best Full-Length Story ("Track of the Hook" in #79 by Bob Haney and Neal Adams).

The Brave and the Bold was used as the title for a two-part episode of the first season of Justice League. The title seems to refer to the The Flash and Green Lantern characters in connection to the second mini-series featuring Barry Allen and Hal Jordan in the roles.

Adam Strange, Aquaman, The Atom, Batman, Black Canary, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Deadman, Doctor Fate, Fire, Firestorm, Flash, Green Arrow, The Green Lantern Corps, Guy Gardner, Justice Society of America, Jonah Hex, Kamandi, Huntress, Metamorpho, Red Tornado, Plastic Man, and Wildcat.

Black Manta, Calendar Man, Cavalier, Clock King, Gentleman Ghost, Gorilla Grodd, Kite Man, Kanjar Ro, Ocean Master, and Zebra-Man.

The series began airing on Cartoon Network on November 14, 2008.

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The Brave and the Bold (album)

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The Brave and the Bold by Tortoise and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy was released in 2006 on Overcoat Recordings. It is an album of cover songs. The album's name is the same as the DC Comics series in which different superheroes were teamed up for each issue.

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Batman: The Brave and the Bold

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Batman: The Brave and the Bold is an American animated television series based in part on the DC Comics "team-up" series The Brave and the Bold. Like the comic series, it features two or more super heroes coming together to solve a crime or foil a super villain, but like the original comic series (and unlike the current one), the cartoon focuses on Batman working with the different heroes. The series debuted on November 14, 2008 on Cartoon Network.

The series marked the first appearance of the new Warner Bros. Animation logo featuring a 1940s-stylized Bugs Bunny mascot.

Each episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold features main character Batman teaming up with other characters from the DC Universe to thwart villains or solve crimes. Beginnings usually have a small introduction and are usually not related to the remainder of the episode. The show is split into two parts: A small adventure right before the theme song, and the main adventure right after that. The show has no overarching story, instead having most episodes stand alone. While most of the rogues of ths series will feature several prominent Batman specific rogues including the Joker (drawn in the format of the 1950s version of the character) who appears in the episode entitled "Game Over for Owlman!", teaming up with his long-time foe against the alternate reality villain version of Batman, Owlman and the Scarecrow (comics) appears in "Trials of the Demon!" most of the villians in this series are not Batman specific rogues such as Gentlemen Ghost (Alan Scott - Green Lantern) and Gorilla Grod (Barry Allen - Flash). It is presently unrevealed if other primary Batman specific villians, such as the Penguin or Catwoman, will appear in the series.

The show is purposely lighter in tone than previous Batman series, such as the critical and fan favorite Batman: The Animated Series, depicting the Dark Knight more lighthearted and playful with a "dry, ironic wit." However, the series frequently mentions deaths of characters, mostly superheroes.

Show creators have purposely chosen to go with "lesser known" characters, forgoing the likes of Superman and Wonder Woman to highlight lesser known "A-list" characters. Additionally, Batman has not yet appeared as his alter ego, billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, during the course of the series, although in one episode he appears as young Bruce during flashback sequences to the night of his parents' murder.

In January of 2009, the first issue of Batman: the Brave and the Bold was released. The comic book follows the same format as the show, starting off with a brief story unrelated to the rest of the issue. Each issue ends with "Secret Batfiles," which gives a brief profile on the main guest hero/villain of the issue.

Some of the DC characters appearing in the comic have yet to appear in the show, or can't appear at all due to legal reasons. Unlike the cartoon, the comic book tie in doesn't share the limitations on which characters can be used.

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List of Batman: The Brave and the Bold episodes

This is a list of episodes for the animated television series Batman: The Brave and the Bold starring the titular character. The series premiered on November 14, 2008 and the final episode for the first season is scheduled to air on March 6, 2009. The series is based in part on the DC Comics "team-up" series The Brave and the Bold. Like the comic series, it features two or more super heroes coming together to solve a crime or foil a super villain, but like the original comic series (and unlike the current one), the cartoon focuses on Batman working with the different heroes.

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Outsiders (comics)

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The Outsiders are fictional characters, a DC Comics superhero team. As its name suggests, the team consists of superheroes who allegedly do not fit the norms of the mainstream superhero community, namely the Justice League.

They first appeared in the final issue (#200) of The Brave and the Bold in 1983. The team was given its first comic, Batman and the Outsiders, which debuted in August 1983, created and originally written by Mike W. Barr and illustrated by Jim Aparo, and then later illustrated by Alan Davis.

After Batman left the group in issue #32, the title was changed to Adventures of the Outsiders and lasted until #38. After that issue, the book started reprinting stories from The Outsiders (1986) until it was cancelled on issue #46.

The cast of the Outsiders was notable for having mostly new characters (Geo-Force, Katana, Halo, and Looker), two characters who refused membership in the Justice League (Black Lightning and Metamorpho) and a former Leaguer, Batman.

The Outsiders form in the fictional Eastern European country of Markovia, which was at that time ravaged by war. Batman and Black Lightning have traveled there in order to free the captive Lucius Fox from Baron Bedlam, who has killed the country's king, King Viktor. Geo-Force himself is the prince of the country who gains powers from Markovia's top scientist, Dr. Helga Jace, in order to stop Bedlam. Metamorpho is searching for Dr. Jace in order for the doctor to help him with his powers. Katana arrives in Markovia in order to kill General Karnz, Bedlam's military commander, as vengeance for her family. During the adventure, Batman finds a young amnesiac girl exhibiting light-based powers in the woods, who he dubs Halo. The team bands together, defeats Baron Bedlam and decides to stay together afterwards. They fight such villains as Agent Orange, the Fearsome Five and the Cryonic Man.

Recurring foes are the Masters of Disaster (New Wave, Shakedown, Windfall, Heatstroke and Coldsnap), who at one point are almost able to kill Black Lightning. Windfall becomes disenchanted with her team and joins the Outsiders. Similar recurring opponents are the Force of July, a group of patriotic metahumans who also regularly came into contact with the Suicide Squad. During this time, Geo-Force's sister Terra dies as a traitor to the Teen Titans. Batman reveals his real identity as Bruce Wayne to the team, although they have already learned it. Eventually, the origin of Halo is revealed, and Emily Briggs (who during a later adventure becomes the superheroine Looker and joins the team) is introduced. Denise Howard, the love interest of Geo-Force also appears for the second time.

Baron Bedlam later returns to life. With the assistance of the Bad Samaritan, Masters of Disaster and Soviet forces, he again tries to retake control of Markovia. Batman withholds this information, angering the rest of the team. This eventually leads to Batman disbanding the team and returning to the Justice League. The team nonetheless travels to Markovia, discovering many Markovian military casualties. They are defeated by the Masters and learn that Bedlam has cloned Adolf Hitler. The younger clone commits suicide in horror of the actions his original self perpetrated. The Outsiders become unofficial agents of Markovia, so that they receive Markovian funding. The team moves to Los Angeles, as Geo-Force leaves behind his girlfriend Denise and Looker separates from her husband.

This series featured again the original group and lasted 28 issues, plus an Annual and a Special. This title originally ran alongside the Adventures of the Outsiders title, chronicling events a year after that series. In the end, the first couple of issues of the title were reprinted in Adventures of the Outsiders before that title was canceled.

The team have moved into a new headquarters in Los Angeles, and once again become involved in an adventure with the Force of July, ending in Moscow. Villains such as the Duke of Oil, and the Soviet superteam the People's Heroes are introduced during this time. The team's adventures take them all over the globe, most notably when the Outsiders' plane is shot down and the team is marooned on a deserted island for three weeks. Tensions rise as Geo-Force tries to resign his leadership and he and Looker give in to temptation. Eventually, they are found and are able to leave.

Even more troubles arise when a detective is hired to look into Looker's private life (now working as a model under the alias of Lia Briggs), who learns of her actual identity of Emily. The detective tries to blackmail her, but she hypnotizes him, and he leaves. However, he is shortly killed afterwards and Looker is arrested. The Outsiders however are able to clear her name.

The Outsiders are reunited with Batman when they band together to fight Eclipso. After the adventure Batman gives them access to a Batcave situated in Los Angeles, and the team is also infiltrated by the clone of Windfall. Meanwhile, Looker and Geo-Force feel guilt over their affair and eventually call it off, and Metamorpho faces his own personal problems with his lover Sapphire Stagg. The clone of Windfall is ultimately killed and the Masters of Disaster are defeated as the real Windfall joins the team. The team also come in contact with the other Los Angeles based team, Infinity, Inc.

The team is next involved with the company wide crossover event Millennium, wherein it is revealed that Dr. Jace is an operative of the villainous Manhunters and kidnaps the team. The team, now also joined by the Atomic Knight, are able to free themselves, but Dr. Jace blows up both herself and Metamorpho. Looker is called to return to Abyssia, the origin of her powers, where she must also face the Manhunters. During the course of the adventure, she is drained of much of her power and returns to her normal form. Halo is hit in crossfire, saving Katana's life, and slips into a coma, as Katana vows to look after her. The team is disbanded by Geo-Force as Looker returns to her husband, and Batman has since rejoined the Justice League.

This revival of the title in 1993 lasted 24 issues and was written by Mike W. Barr, with most of the issues penciled by Paul Pelletier.

Declared a traitor in his native Markovia, Geo-Force is forced to seek the help of old and new Outsiders to battle the vampire lord who controls his country. This is later coupled with the framing of the Outsiders for the slaughter of a Markovian village, and thus the Outsiders are forced into hiding. This fugitive status motivates the Atomic Knight to go after the Outsiders, hoping to bring in his former allies without too much trouble. He's eventually convinced of their innocence and joins them at a later juncture.

The new members who join the team in Markovia are the magician Faust, the warsuit-wearing engineer and industrialist Technocrat, and Wylde, a friend of Technocrat's who has been turned into a mountain bear by Faust's uncontrollable magic.

During the initial confrontation with the vampires, Looker is apparently killed. Hiding out in Gotham City, the Outsiders take another loss, as both Halo and Technocrat's wife Marissa are killed. This happens during a fight with 'Batman', or rather the man standing in for Bruce Wayne: Jean-Paul Valley. However, Halo's spirit survives in the reanimated body of Marissa. For some time afterwards, Technocrat has trouble accepting that his wife is dead; after all, her body is still walking around but the spirit is that of Halo. Eventually, it turns out that Looker is not dead, but undead. The Outsiders find her and free her from the vampire king's control.

After the defeat of the vampires, two teams, (one composed of Geo-Force, Katana and Techonocrat and another composed of the Eradicator, Looker, Wylde, Halo and Faust), claim the name the Outsiders, even though both teams are still considered fugitives for some time, thanks to some questionable tactics by their new members. During this time, the teams learn that Halo's original body has been brought back to life by the Kobra terrorist organization. In control of the body is Violet Harper, the evil woman whose body Halo originally inhabited. She now has abilities similar to Halo's and ends up calling herself Spectra, and joining Strike Force Kobra alongside Dervish and Windfall. Both Kobra and Violet Harper are defeated.

The two teams unite to confront Felix Faust, father to the Outsider Faust. During the confrontation, the bear-like Wylde betrays the team when Felix promises to restore his humanity. The team is able to defeat Felix Faust and Wylde eventually becomes an actual bear, without the ability to speak, and locked up in a zoo.

The title ends with the clearing of the Outsiders' names and the wedding of Geo-Force and Denise Howard.

Outsiders volume 3, almost completely unrelated to the previous series, was launched in 2003, featuring new members, some of whom had previously been part of the Titans. The series was cancelled with issue 50 and relaunched as Batman and the Outsiders (vol. 2), featuring a mix of current and new members.

This new team is put together in the wake of the Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day crossover that dissolves both groups. Arsenal accepts the sponsorship offer of the Optitron corporation and uses the money to buy an enormous bomb shelter that used to belong to a multimillionaire and renovated it to create the group headquarters. He recruits a group of young heroes, the last of them being his friend Nightwing, who joins reluctantly. Instead of functioning in a reactive capacity like most other super-hero teams, Nightwing decides that this group should act as hunters, tracking down super-villains before they can cause problems.

Former Outsiders Technocrat and Looker are in close proximity of Breach when he explodes in the Battle of Metropolis. The fate of Technocrat remains unclear, while Looker soon appeared in an issue of the World War III limited series.

Roy Harper is saved by Superman from Doomsday. Captain Marvel, Junior was sent to Earth-S when it was reformed. When New Earth came, he went with other heroes who could fly to fight Superboy-Prime. In the Infinite Crisis hardcover, Freddy joined alongside the other Titans to take down members of the Society who tried to kill Robin.

After Infinite Crisis the Outsiders are "officially" no more. Because of the Freedom of Power Treaty, the Outsiders have been operating covertly outside of the United States. Most of the members were presumed dead until a botched mission forces them to reveal their presence. Following the revelation of their continued existence, they are recruited by Checkmate to pursue missions which Checkmate cannot support publicly. Checkmate's assignment as part of the "CheckOut" crossover arc involves dispatching the Outsiders to Oolong Island in China, the scene of World War III the previous year. The mission goes disastrously when Chang Tzu manages to capture Owen Mercer and Checkmate's Black Queen, until both sides are eventually bailed out by Batman. In the aftermath, Nightwing decides to give Batman control of the team once more.

In November 2007, writer Chuck Dixon and artist Julian Lopez relaunched The Outsiders as a new volume of Batman and the Outsiders with the Dark Knight taking control of the team in the aftermath of the "CheckOut" crossover with Checkmate.

As a result of Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis, where Batman apparently died, the title was renamed Outsiders and features Geo-Force, Metamorpho, Katana, Black Lightning, The Creeper and Owlman as the new team roster. The change occurred when a new creative team took over, Peter Tomasi writing and Lee Garbett on art duties. Tomasi began with Batman and the Ousiders Special #1 and then the retitled series began with issue #15.

In the weeks leading up to the new series debut, Batman holds tryouts to determine who will be on the team in a series of one-shots called Five of a Kind. Each issue featured a different creative team (including Outsiders creator Mike W. Barr), as well as an epilogue written by Tony Bedard. Batman angers several members who feel he has no right to remove people already on the team.

Between the release of Outsiders #50 and Batman And The Outsiders vol. 2 #1, announced series writer Tony Bedard was replaced by Chuck Dixon.

The team from Outsiders #50 was featured in the first two issues of Batman And The Outsiders vol. 2, after which both Catwoman and Martian Manhunter left the team, and Batgirl, Geo-Force, and Green Arrow joined; Thunder has consistently appeared in the series as well. In issue #5, Ralph "Elongated Man" Dibny and Sue Dibny make a guest appearance. They seem to be able to possess people in a method similar to that of Deadman. Dr. Francine Langstrom (wife of Dr. Kirk Langstrom, AKA Man-Bat) serves as the team's technical advisor, and her assistant Salah Miandad operates the "blank" OMAC drone known as ReMAC. In issue #9, Batman calls on former team member Looker to assist in an interrogation.

The first main storyline of the title involves Batman sending the team to investigate the mysterious Mr. Jardine, who is organizing a convoluted plot to populate a subterranean lake on the Moon with strange alien lifeforms. While trying to stop Jardine's unauthorized space-shot in South America, Metamorpho is blasted into space, and is forced to escape from the International Space Station, where seemingly-brainwashed astronauts from around the world are building a giant weapon. Seeking a shuttle to hijack, the rest of the team infiltrates a Chinese space facility, only to be captured by members of the Great Ten. Only the timely intervention of Batgirl and ReMAC saves the team from execution. Metamorpho manages to steal a shuttle back to Earth, then escape from the ESA and hook back up with the team.

Aside from major covert missions, Batman has in fact used the Outsiders in Gotham. In the final issue of the mini-series Gotham Underground, the Outsiders participate in a raid of a crime boss' HQ.

With this, Batman charges Alfred to assemble a new team of Outsiders. Alfred travels around the planet, recruiting Roy Raymond Jr., Black Lightning, Geo-Force, Halo, Katana, the Creeper and Metamorpho.

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