How a Missing Page Skewed Readers' View of Batman: The Long Halloween - CBR - Comic Book Resources

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In the latest Comic Book Legends Revealed, see how a missing page skewed how readers read Batman: The Long Halloween

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Alberto Falcone's "body" was originally supposed to appear in Batman: The Long Halloween.



Batman: The Long Halloween was a year-long series by Jeph Loeb and the late, great Tim Sale that saw Gotham City caught in the grip of the so-called Holiday killer, who, well, you know, killed people on holidays, like these guys getting killed on Valentine's Day...


and the Holiday killer then left behind a token symbolizing the holiday in question...



One of the main suspects in Batman: The Long Halloween was Alberto Falcone, the seeming nebbishly son of gangster, Carmine Falcone. However, in the fourth issue, one of the prime suspects seemed to be taken off of the game board when Falcone appeared to be killed...


And then his body fell from the boat on New Year's Eve...


Batman confronts Falcone at the grave of his son in the next issue...


In Batman: The Long Halloween #10, the Gotham City coroner is murdered...


In the next issue, Alberto Falcone's aunt is investigating the Coroner's office when she, too, is murdered...


This, of course, was part of covering up the fact that Alberto Falcon was actually alive! He had faked his death!


Whether Alberto really was the only Holiday killer in the comic (or if perhaps there were MULTIPLE Holiday killers), that's a whole other story, but the main thing is that one of the parts of the plot that people clung to upon still thinking that Alberto was the killer is that when he was "killed," there was no body! When Wizard made a list of suspects, they included Alberto and specifically mentioned the lack of a body. The funny thing, though, is that the lack of a body was not originally intended!

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In the trade paperback collection of Batman: The Long Halloween, there is a page where Alberto's body WAS found! Obviously, it wasn't actually Alberto (and the coroner knew that, which is why Alberto had to kill him), but there WAS a body, as Loeb and Sale clearly DID anticipate that people would be asking that question about the lack of a body. The page that Sale drew with the body just happened to not make its way into the published comic book...


It's interesting to see that there were pages like that that did not make it into the finished comic book. I would have thought that Sale wouldn't have gone through the effort of drawing a page if it wasn't definitely going to make it into the finished comic book, as this isn't like a sitcom, where you film X and cut it down for the final product. Here, he had to do extra work for it to just not be used.

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