Throwback Thursday: Superheroes!

Adam West Batman

Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday. (Between that and Star Ways Day on May 4, this is pretty much the best weekend ever.)

You can and should celebrate Free Comic Book Day with our friends at Comics & Friends; but, with all due respect to them and every other beautiful comic book shop across this wonderful country, every day is Free Comic Book Day at Mentor Library.

That’s why we’re dedicating this Throwback Thursday to the superheroes! So come with us and see some of the cool superheroics you can check out from the library.

We could dedicate an entire Throwback Thursday just to Batman. We have movies where he’s played by Michael Keaton, Christian Bale, Val Kilmer, Adam West, Kevin Conroy and (ugh) George Clooney. We even have one where he’s made from Lego and another where he teams up with Scooby-Doo.

As per TV shows, you can borrow Batman: The Animated SeriesBeware the BatmanThe BatmanBatman: The Brave & The BoldBatman Beyond and The New Adventures of Batman.

We also have plenty of videos starring Batman’s team, the Justice League—everything from Challenge of the Superfriends to Justice League to Justice League Unlimited to the Robot Chicken DC Special. (Consider yourself warned. The Robot Chicken special is not the sort of thing you want to play for younger kids.)

If you prefer Robin to Batman, we have Teen Titans, Young Justice and Teen Titans Go.

We’ve got the greatest hits of Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and, ummmm, Martian Manhunter. Sure, why not? Martian Manhunter!

If you’d rather make yours Marvel, we have that been abundance, as well.

We have DVDs that you can borrow of almost every iteration of the X-Men ever committed to video: movies and animated series spanning three decades. No, Pryde of the X-Men though. Sorry.

And that’s still dwarfed by our Spider-Man collection. Whether you prefer Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire, Neil Patrick HarrisDrake Bell, Christopher Daniel Barnes or Josh Keaton as your webslinger, we have something for you.

And we’ve still got more Avengers movies and TV shows than you can shake an adamantium claw at: Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Planet Hulk (yes, that’s a thing,) Iron Man again, the whole team and more Iron Man. We also have the Avengers teaming up with Phineas and Ferb. (A match-up for the ages: Batman & Scooby-Doo v. the Avengers & Perry the Platypus.)

There are plenty of awesome superheroes beyond the Marvel and DC stables: Hellboy, the Rocketeer, Sailor Moon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more are all worth your time. (It makes me sad that Static Shock isn’t on DVD.)

Furthermore, there are all sorts of great stories that came from comics that have nothing to do with tights and flights. Ghost World, Road to Perdition and Archie all got their start as sequential art.

If you want to know more, visit your local library or comic shop. (After all, Free Comic Book Day is coming up…)

Come back each week for a new Throwback Thursday profile.

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