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The ‘Secret’ Crossover Between Batman and Daredevil

In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, learn about the “secret” crossover between Tim Sale and Jeph Loeb’s Long Halloween and Daredevil: Yellow

In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, learn about the “secret” crossover between Tim Sale and Jeph Loeb’s Batman: The Long Halloween and Daredevil: Yellow.

Welcome to Comic Book Legends Revealed! This is the eight hundred and forty-third installment where we examine three comic book legends and determine whether they are true or false. As usual, there will be three posts, one for each of the three legends.

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There was a “secret” crossover between Tim Sale and Jeph Loeb’s Batman: The Long Halloween and Daredevil: Yellow.

True Enough for a True

In January of 1997, D.G. Chichester and Scott McDaniel, the acclaimed creative team of Daredevil circa 1993-94, reunited (along with inker Derek Fisher and colorists Gregory Wright and Digital Chameleon) to produce a crossover comic book that teamed up Batman and Daredevil called Daredevil and Batman: Eye for an Eye (this was during McDaniel’s acclaimed run on Nightwing and a little bit before he took over art duties on the main Batman series)….

The comic book revealed that Matt Murdock and Harvey Dent actually went to school together back in the day (that’s probably why the comic book is specified as an Elseworlds comic while not every other crossover comic was labeled as such, as most of the time the crossovers weren’t handled as though the character had established connections).

An oddly long period of time later, in October 2000, a sequel to this crossover was released called Batman and Daredevil: King of New York by Alan Grant, Eduardo Barreto and Matt Hollingsworth…

These are the two OFFICIAL crossovers between Batman and Daredevil, but there was another “secret” crossover, of sorts, involving the Batman and Daredevil work of the great Jeph Loeb and the late, great Tim Sale.

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As you likely know by now, Loeb and Sale first worked together on a miniseries for DC in 1991 called Challengers of the Unknown. The two then teamed up again in 1993 to do a Batman Halloween comic book. It was enough of a success that the two paired up for two more (surrounding a Wolverine/Gambit miniseries that my buddy Robert just wrote about at CBR) before figuring that they were done in with the final one of their Halloween “trilogy” in 1995. Editor Archie Goodwin (like Sale, taken from us way too soon) convinced them to not only come back for another Halloween project, but to do a YEAR-LONG Halloween project this time around. This became the instant classic, Batman: The Long Halloween, as Batman has to stop Holiday, a serial killer who kills people on, well, you know, holidays…

After the success of the comic, which ran from Halloween 1996-97, Sale and Loeb then turned their sights on the Man of Steel for the award-winning miniseries, Superman For All Seasons, in 1998. They then followed THAT up with Batman: Dark Victory, a sequel to The Long Halloween. At this point, Marvel Comics swooped in and wooed Loeb and Sale away from DC for a series of acclaimed miniseries now known as the “color” series since they all involved…colors (sorry, I guess that seemed like it was going to have a better payoff).

The first one of these miniseries was Daredevil: Yellow, spotlighting the early days of Matt Murdock’s time as Daredevil, back when he wore a yellow costume instead of the now-classic Wallace Wood red designed one.

As they moved over to Marvel, though, the pair decided to do a sneaky crossover between the two series. Spoiler warnings for The Long Halloween if you read on!

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One of the main murder suspects for the Holiday killer was Harvey Dent, who we saw turn into Two-Face in this series. However, in the end, it turned out that Alberto Falcone, son of Gotham mob boss Carmine Falcone, was the Holiday killer…

However, Two-Face then rattles Batman and Gordon later in the issue (after Dent murdered both Falcone and the Assistant District Attorney who set Dent up to get acid thrown into his face) by telling them that there were actually TWO Holiday killers…

Batman then explains that it is because Two-Face murdered Falcone on Halloween, then that means HE was the second Holiday killer. However, at the end of the series, we see Harvey’s wife, Gilda, destroying what appears to be evidence of the murders explaining that she did them…

She then notes that Harvey did some of the murders, as well…

Thus possibly suggesting that she and Harvey were the TWO Holiday killers and that Alberto wasn’t involved at all.

The issue ends with this part of the mystery still a mystery, as Gilda notes that she still believes in her husband…

Okay, so a few years later, Daredevil: Yellow comes out and in the third issue, who else comes into the law offices of Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock but GILDA! Only now she’s going by the name “Grace,” which was the name of Harvey Dent’s ex-fiancee on Batman: The Animated Series

She notes that she is not from New York City and that she did terrible things to protect her husband…

Later, we see that she actually was working for the Owl, who was blackmailing her about her secrets to get Karen Page taken hostage to force Matt Murdock to do stuff for the Owl…

As she walks away from Karen, telling her that she doesn’t understand what Grace/Gilda will do to protect her secrets…

Sale pretty much uses the exact panel layout of this awesome splash page from The Long Halloween…

Very cool stuff from an iconic creative team. We all miss you greatly, Tim Sale.

Check out some entertainment legends from Legends Revealed:

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2. How Did Missing Scrabble Pieces Lead to the Creation of Trivial Pursuit?

3. Was a Scene Removed From the Film “The Program” Because People Were Killed Reenacting It?

4. How Did Abe Lincoln Growing a Beard Kick Start Milton Bradley’s Gaming Career?

Check back soon for part 2 of this installment’s legends!

Feel free to send suggestions for future comic legends to me at either cronb01@aol.com or brianc@cbr.com

CBR Senior Writer Brian Cronin has been writing professionally about comic books for over fifteen years now at CBR (primarily with his “Comics Should Be Good” series of columns, including Comic Book Legends Revealed).

He has written two books about comics for Penguin-Random House – Was Superman a Spy? And Other Comic Book Legends Revealed and Why Does Batman Carry Shark Repellent? And Other Amazing Comic Book Trivia! and one book, 100 Things X-Men Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, from Triumph Books. His writing has been featured at ESPN.com, the Los Angeles Times, About.com, the Huffington Post and Gizmodo.

He features legends about entertainment and sports at his website, Legends Revealed and other pop culture features at Pop Culture References.

Follow him on Twitter at @Brian_Cronin and feel free to e-mail him suggestions for stories about comic books that you’d like to see featured at brianc@cbr.com!

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PART TWO SOON!

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