November 29th, 2013

Two-Face... FOREVER!!!

The long prelude to THE LONG HALLOWEEN: Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's Early Collaborations (Part 1 of 2)

While working on my first review for the epic review of Batman: The Long Halloween that we'll be doing here over the next year or so, I'd wanted to give a quick overview of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's earlier work. I primarily wanted to focus on their Haunted Knight trilogy of Halloween specials from Legends of the Dark Knight, as they were all direct precursors to TLH, while also giving nods to a couple other, more obscure collaborations between Loeb and Sale.

So I reread these stories, and I dug around and found some interesting interviews with Loeb which shed some light on his creative process, and thus, in typical long-winded Hefner fashion, these "nods" and "quick overviews" exploded into an incredibly long prologue that deserved to be its own post. I think it's important to look at all five of these early collaborations between Loeb and Sale, with a special focus on Loeb himself and how he writes all these stories with similar (or repeating) themes, motifs, quirks, and bad habits, especially his tendency to reference or outright steal scenes from movies. These traits are all present within TLH, but I believe that they're less obvious when that book is read on its own, whereas they become glaring when compared with his earlier stuff which lay the foundation for TLH is more ways than I can count.

So join me as we examine not only the early collaborations between Loeb and Sale, but also look at Loeb's career and creative process from its humble beginnings way back, even earlier than you expect. Be warned: this post is a bit stream-of-consciousness, but I always manage to get back to the point. Well, almost always.

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From here, I was planning to mention some of the actual differences between these stories before delving into their third and final Halloween one-shot, but I'm afraid I must abruptly stop here. Why? Because my full post was too big for LJ to post! Geez, that's never happened to me before! Well, considering how lengthy this one was already, I'll just let this one be for the next day or two and post the rest of the prologue after we've had time to digest this along with our Thanksgiving leftovers.