John Ostrander: Batman and The Gun, Revisited

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In February 2002, almost twenty-one years ago, DC published a Batman graphic novel that I had written called Batman: Seduction of the Gun. It had its genesis two years earlier when John Reisenbach, the son of an executive of Warner Bros., was shot dead while using a pay phone. DC execs, themselves struck by the senseless act of violence, decided to address the issue of gun and gun-related violence in a special book. Batman was selected as the character best suited for such a story as he has witnessed his own parents shot to death when he was just a boy as part of his mythology.

Our own Dennis O’Neil was the editor of the Batman titles at the time and he approached me as the writer. I had worked with an anti-gun lobby at one point so he knew I was already conversant with the issue. Neither of us
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John Ostrander: Seduction of the Gun

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In the wake of the terrible shootings in Aurora Co during the midnight showing of The Dark Night Rises, I was contacted by television station Wrtv in Richmond Va to comment about my Batman anti-gun violence book, Batman: Seduction of the Gun, that was first published in 1993. Those interested in the interview can find it here.

The stand-alone Batman story was done in response to the killing of John Reisenbach, the son of a Warner’s executive. DC wanted to respond at the time and it was felt that Batman was the logical choice for the story as his own parents were victims of gun violence and had a well-known aversion of handguns.

Denny O’Neil was the Batman editor back then and offered me the writing job, knowing I had once worked with an anti-gun organization. Denny emphasized that we couldn’t just preach; first and foremost we had to tell a good story.
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Billionaire Divorcée Patricia Kluge's Downfall

Patricia Kluge had it all-beauty, an exotic past, and a rumored "cool billion" post-divorce. So how did she lose it all, from her 960-acre Virginia winery to her 45-room mansion? Sandra McElwaine on Kluge's dizzying fall.

The saga of Patricia Kluge is one of glamour, sex, power, and money-and the luxurious lifestyle she so carefully crafted has crashed and burned. The era of conspicuous consumption for the ex-wife of the late billionaire John Kluge came to an end last month, when several banks foreclosed on an elaborate 960-acre winery and real-estate development she had established in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1999. And just last week, Bank of America delivered the coup de grace, filing suit against Kluge, claiming she defaulted on three loans worth $23 million. The bank stepped in and seized Albemarle, her opulent, 45-room Georgian mansion, adjacent to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

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