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It's been a while, and the schedule keeps on slipping slipping slipping--check out the schedule post for details. Fortunately, there's a tremendous issue today...
The "that's it" is a quote from Batman's origin as first seen in DETECTIVE COMICS #33 (you can see the image here): the bat flies in the "open window," and Bruce exclaims "A bat! That's it! It's an omen. I shall become a bat!" (He's even wearing a green jacket.)
In this version, taking after Frank Miller's depiction of that event, the bat actually smashes the window; Bruce has been cut by flying glass, I initially thought, but then saw David Uzumeri pointing out that it's after the undisguised Bruce has been beaten up in BATMAN #404. (Which is why it always pays to look at Funnybook Babylon before hitting "post.") I don't know what that thing on Bruce's arm is, though.
Bruce Wayne, sybaritic playboy, ringing a little bell to summon the butler. I love it. "The Butler Did It" is a cliché of crime fiction that seems to have started circulating in the late '20s. It also has to be a reference to the widely circulated theory that Alfred, one way or another, is the force behind everything that's been going awry in Batman's life in the Morrison run. (White gloves, Black Glove...)
Worth mentioning, too, that Alfred was created by Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson and first appeared in BATMAN #16 in 1943; it was established in BATMAN #131 that he likes to write stories about what might happen to Batman and his associates in the future. Like, say... Bruce giving up being Batman and Dick taking over.
Yeah, nobody ever thinks about what happened to the poor bat.
Julie Madison, created by Gardner Fox, Bill Finger and Bob Kane, was introduced in DETECTIVE COMICS #31 as Bruce Wayne's fiancée. She went into film acting (hence her departure for Hollywood later this issue), and called off the engagement in DETECTIVE COMICS #49, since Bruce was evidently never going to make anything of himself.
"I need a disguise": this is the moment before the bat shows up, rendered in DETECTIVE #33 as "I am ready... but first I must have a disguise."
Panel 3 imagines if Bruce had chosen a much stupider Bat-outfit (whose goggles recall the Third Batman from the earlier parts of Morrison's run); panel 4... Snakeman? ETA: Commenters point out that this is a variation on a bit from BATMAN #256, which RAB has kindly reproduced here.
This is Doctor Death, as seen in DETECTIVE COMICS #29 (and #30 and then not again until 1982, although he did turn up on Oolong Island in 52); this panel is a variation on the first panel of the Batman story in #29.
Owlman is the evil Batman analogue of Earth-3/the antimatter Earth, although it's worth mentioning that Robin became an Owlman when he grew to adulthood in BATMAN #107. I can't imagine why Morrison keeps alluding to all these stories about Robin growing up and taking over a Batman-like role...
I don't know of a Skeleton/Phantom Skeleton in any Batman stories.
Commissioner Gordon, created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, first appeared in DETECTIVE COMICS #27; the panel with him is in fact a slight paraphrase of a panel from that story. (In the original, Bruce is smoking a pipe and is wearing a really horrible plaid jacket.)
Panel 3 is Generic Death-Trap #84, I think. Is there a better reference?
I know I recognize that top image from somewhere; anybody?
Anybody know when it was established that Alfred had been the Waynes' butler when Bruce was a kid? Is that a post-Crisis thing exclusively?
Apex Chemical was the chemical corporation from DETECTIVE COMICS #27.
This is the Bat-Gyro, which predated the Batplane, first appearing in DETECTIVE COMICS #31. It's actually a sequence from DETECTIVE COMICS #33, "The Batman Wars Against the Dirigible of Doom."
Oh, Bruce, you heartbreaker. ("I'll just put this with the notes from all the other jilted socialites, shall I?")
The fight with two big dudes is a scene from BATMAN #1. Bruce's trip to the circus is Robin's origin, from DETECTIVE COMICS #38.
"My parents were killed by a criminal, too": slightly altered from DETECTIVE #38.
"Blitz of a boy": a quote from Charles Causley's poem "Timothy Winters." Not previously applied to Robin, as far as I know.
I don't know of a vintage Batman story involving quotes from Hamlet (the Joker is quoting Laertes; Robin's not quoting an actual line)--this is Alfred's memories (of being a failed Shakespearean actor) bleeding into the story. And if anybody knows where the Joker-Copter appeared in this form before, please tell me. (I also don't know of a "laughing contest" story, but I wouldn't be surprised.) The thing Batman's holding in panel 4 is the Bat-Radia as it originally appeared in BATMAN #113.
Arkham Asylum seems like it's always been part of the Batman story, but in fact it first appeared in BATMAN #258 in 1974.
Note that we can't see Batman's chest insignia through most of this sequence--it's unclear here when it went yellow and when it changed back, exactly.
Ace the Bat-Hound finally makes an appearance! This is where we've veered off of continuity a bit; this isn't quite like how Batwoman's career went in her original '50s-'60s appearances.
The giant typewriter Robin's perched on, a.k.a. the archetypal Bill Finger prop, is from BATMAN #115.
And the other Ace, the chemical company, is the one where the Red Hood fell into the vat of chemicals and became the Joker, per DETECTIVE COMICS #168.
The Batgirl he's referring to isn't the Barbara Gordon one, but the earlier Bat-Girl who was Batwoman's niece, Betty Kane. The extraplanetary adventure with Batwoman really did happen, in BATMAN #153.
Ace in the background again. "I was a circus kid. I knew about Katy Kane": Kathy-with-an-H Kane was a "circus daredevil performer." A very, very rich circus daredevil performer.
"Hugo Strange"/"Monster Men": another reference to BATMAN #1. The isolation experiment was in BATMAN #156, "Robin Dies at Dawn," another story that's been pretty significantly echoed in the Morrison run--yes, two extraplanetary adventures in three issues. Those were different times.
Ah, the Lump--another Jack Kirby creation, first seen in MISTER MIRACLE #8, which is discussed at length here.
Alfred apparently died in DETECTIVE COMICS #328 (which inspired Bruce to start the "Alfred Foundation" in his memory), then became the Outsider and bedeviled Batman for a while starting in DETECTIVE COMICS #334, then came back to life in the rather Batman R.I.P.-themed DETECTIVE COMICS #356 (at which point the foundation became the Wayne Foundation we know and love).
"Pop Criminals": love it.
Dick became Nightwing in TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #44 in 1984, which means we've just skipped over about 20 years' worth of stories.
One of these things is not like the others. That would be the Eraser, from BATMAN #188. It's almost as if Bruce's subconscious is trying to tell him something, you think?
I'm guessing what Bruce is looking at in the top panel is Jason Todd's costume, after Jason's death. "Say goodbye to the Batcave" recalls the cover of BATMAN #217.
What gave Alfred away, I suspect, was that in DETECTIVE #356 Bruce tried to make sure he'd never learn about his time as the Outsider.
...And the Waynes never got killed, so Bruce never did anything much with his life. Note that the beginning of this scenario is pretty much identical to his Black Mercy fantasy in the imperishable SUPERMAN ANNUAL #11.
The Joker threatened to poison the reservoir in BATMAN #407--that was the final scene of "Year One."
Thus, we loop back around to where Batman was in FC #2. And we'll pick up the threads again next week, although I should note that the phrase "Grant Morrison's recent run on Batman" from the next-issue box is oddly inconclusive.