Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Inside Arkham

Inside Arkham

Inside Arkham (2007)

Something new. Made with Sterling-ware. Post-processed until the Joker jested, the Penguin pouted, and Mr. Freeze froze.

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From hey I could have written that Wikipedia:

The Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane is a fictional psychiatric hospital that appears in the DC Universe. It is located near Gotham City, and is where those of Batman's foes considered to be legally insane are incarcerated (other foes are incarcerated at Blackgate Penitentiary). Although it has had numerous administrators, its current head is Jeremiah Arkham. Inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft, the asylum was created by Dennis O'Neil and first appeared in Batman #258 (October 1974); much of its back-story was created by Len Wein during the 1980s. In the foreward to the book The Dark Ages: Grim, Great, and Gimmicky Post-Modern Comics, Jack C. Harris clarifies that it was he who conceptualized the idea of Arkham Asylum, and any other such claims are false.

Arkham Asylum does not have a good record, at least with regard to the high profile cases; escapes are frequent (on at least one occasion, an obsessive-compulsive multiple murderer was signed out of Arkham into the care of an incontinent, alcoholic vagrant, on the grounds that he "looked like a responsible citizen"), and those who are 'cured' and released tend to re-offend. Furthermore, several staff members, including at least one director, have ended up as residents, notably Dr. Harleen Quinzel, Lyle Bolton and, in some incarnations, Drs. Jonathan Crane and Hugo Strange.

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