Saturday, September 26, 2015

The 10 best Batman stories you've never read.

Since the creation of the internet, everyone with a computer and a passing knowledge of Batman has posted their "The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Written" lists. Most of them are redundant or just flat-out suck. Their lists all read the same. They always have the "The Dark Knight Returns" (awesome) and "The Killing Joke" (awesome) and "Death in the Family" (not very good) on them. If you are a newbie bat-fan, you might not think there are any other good stories out there.

But there's a reason why Batman has persisted through out the years. There have been scores of great stories written about him and his amazing world. I'm not bragging (well, maybe a little) when I say that I've read every Batman comic story ever printed. And here is my informed list of great Batman stories you might have missed or not seen on any of those other more predictable lists (comics are not listed in any particular order, they are all great):

1. Batman #12 - "Brothers in Crime" by Don Cameron and Jerry Robinson
Batman has a lot of cool collectables in the Batcave. Batman fans might know about the T-Rex robot and the Giant Penny (which is NOT from a Two-Face story btw) and the Red Hood, but do you know about the chain-mail vest? In this classic Golden-Age story, Peter Rafferty is released from prison, but his attempts to go straight are thwarted by the influence of his brothers, who force him back into a life of crime. They plot a crime spree centered around a chain-mail vest and what happens is the stuff great storytelling is made of.

2. Detective Comics #711 - "Knight Out" by Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan
Of course, a comic numbered 7-11 has to start in a convenience store! Batman doesn't make much of an appearance in this Bruce Wayne centered issue, but it shows that no matter what Bruce is doing, he's Batman 24/7. There's one especially great scene where Bruce ID's all of the crooks working as waiters at a swanky party they're about to rob. 

3. Gotham Knights #3 - "Broken Nose" by Paul Pope
The main story is pretty forgettable, but the real star of this issue is the back-up black and white story by the always amazing Paul Pope. Batman gets his nose busted for the first time battling the armored villain, Dr. Mabuse and Pope's description of what it feels like to have a broken nose is dead-on. The ending has a great pay-off too.

4. Secret Origins Special #1 - "When is a door?" by Neil Gaiman and BEM
Published during the rise of the "grim and gritty" trend of the late 80's, the Riddler laments the loss of innocence in Batman comics - something we still have never recovered from. It's touching and funny and a great reward for long-time Batman readers.

5. Detective Comics #571 "Fear for $ale" by Mike Barr and Alan Davis
Over the 75 plus years of Batman comics, there have been dozens of Scarecrow stories where the villain has scared victims to death and tried to discover Batman's greatest fear. In this story buried in the middle of Barr and Davis' amazing run on Detective Comics, Barr flips the script. The Scarecrow is removing fear from those who need it and blackmails them into buying the antidote. When Batman's greatest fear is revealed, it serves as a melancholy harbinger just a few years before DC's 1-800-KillRobin stunt.

6. The Joker: The Devil's Advocate - by Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan
This is the best Joker story you've never read. When Joker is finally sentenced to death, Batman realizes that the clown prince of crime might not actually be responsible for the crime. As the clock ticks down, Batman struggles between seeking justice and upholding the law. A great potboiler with some of the best characterization of the Joker since the Killing Joke.

7. Detective Comics #450 - "The Cape and Cowl Conspiracy" by Elliot S. Maggin and Walt Simonson
Batman is faced with one of his greatest deathtraps when an assassin is hired to recover the caped crusader's cowl. The story is twisty fun and has one of the best punch lines in a Batman comic. The art by a young newcomer (at the time) named Walter Simonson is pretty amazing stuff.

8. Batman Adventures #10 - "The Last R?ddler Story" by Kelley Puckett and Mike Parobeck
Although Bruce Timm/Paul Dini's perfect Batman story "Mad Love" gets all of the attention, many of the issues of Batman Adventures are really good, with incredible art by the late, great Mike Parobeck. When the Riddler encounters a riddle he can't solve, he turns to the next smartest person he knows to solve it - Batman. It's a fun romp featuring appearances by the Bat-editors Denny O'Neil and the late Archie Goodwin.

9. World's Finest (3 issues mini-series from 1992) by Dave Gibbons and Steve Rude
Batman and Superman team up to stop a feud between Joker and Lex Luthor (what? again?) but what makes this story special isn't Gibbons' (the artist of Watchmen) light-hearted writing or Steve Rude's amazingly deft page layouts but the fact that Batman and Superman actually manage to work together again six years after the World's Finest friendship was destroyed forever in Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns (and subsequently in the mainstream comics and the upcoming movie) The story is a nice reminder of what made the Batman/Superman friendship so great to begin with.

10. Green Arrow vol 3. #5 "The Anatomy Lesson" - by Kevin Smith and Phil Hester
While the title of this story is a homage to Alan Moore's classic Swamp Thing story, the homages don't stop there. Batman examines Oliver Queen's unconscious body to prove it is really the Emerald Archer back from the dead and not a clone or a robot. Batman lives up to his title as "World's Greatest Detective" as he cross-references appearances from stories printed in Detective Comics (where Green Arrow was a long-time back-up features) based on his scars and other physical features. It's another love-letter to readers of both Batman and Green Arrow stories and Batman comes off as actually brilliant - something that hasn't been done in years since.

Well, there you have it. The ten best Batman comics you've never read. Happy Batman Day 2015 bat-fans!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

June 14th is Bedbug day!

What is Bedbug day?

It's the Mighty Bedbug's Birthday. Celebrate by sharing your artwork of the greatest indy single-father superhero!

We want to see your drawings of Bedbug and his rogues gallery! We want to see your digital paintings! We want to see your drawings! We want to see your sculptures! We want to see your digital models! We want to see your custom action figures! We want to see your knitted figures! Please send us your Bedbug art!*

And the best part about Bedbug day? It's Bedbug's birthday, but YOU get the gift!! When you create and send a jpg of Bedbug fan art, I will draw and send you an original Bedbug drawing!

Send a jpg of your art to and we'll showcase it here, on Twitter (@mightybedbug) and on Facebook ( on June 14th - Bedbug day! Be sure include your name and address so we can give you credit and your sketch!

Here's a few beautiful pieces of Bedbug art to get you inspired!

Knitted Bedbug doll by Amy

Digital Model by Simon
Drawing by Mike

Drawing by Daniel
3D sculpture by Evelyn
Digital Drawing by Jeremy
Action figure by Scott
*Please, no artwork with profanity, obscenity or ultra-violence. Punching a bad guy in the face is OK, though.
NOTE: Only pictures received before or on Sunday June 14th, 2015 will qualify for a Bedbug drawing. By sending a picture, you allow Scott Rogers to post or print the image for promotional and bragging purposes. Thanks for participating!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to our fellow dads!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Hero Initiative X-Men auction! (or who let this guy in?)

There is a great charity organization called the HERO INITIATIVE that helps comic book creators in their time of need. They started a series of projects (the first one I heard of was the Ultimate Spider-Man 100 covers project: that featured original covers by some of the best creators in comics. The best part was, fans could own these comics by bidding on them in an auction and the money would be used to help comic creators. Or in their own words:

The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. Since inception, the Hero Initiative has been fortunate enough to benefit over 50 creators and their families with over $500,000 worth of much-needed aid, fueled by your contributions! It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

When I was asked to take part in their next X-Men related 100 covers project, how could I say no? Here's the comic cover I ended up creating:

Then I saw the covers of the other artists involved (you can see them here: )
Amazing covers by some of the best artists ever in comics - Alan Davis, David Bullock, John Romita Sr., Rick Leonardi, Chris Bachalo, Michael Avon Oeming, Jerry Ordway, Phil Jimenez, John Cassaday, Fred Hembeck, Dan Brereton, Bill Sienkiewicz, George freakin' Perez!!! The list goes on and on!
Doesn't matter! Here's what does. My contribution comic is up for auction on eBay. I not only want to raise as much money for the Hero Initiative as I can, but I don't want to be the comic that sold for the lowest amount (They are currently selling for around $200 or more!)
Please help the Hero Initiative by bidding on this comic. It's for charity! Thanks in advance for supporting the Hero Initiative! (For more information visit

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy 75th Birthday Batman!

When I was six years old, I fell in love with Batman. He was the first superhero I remember seeing and I learned how to draw just so I could draw Batman.

The first superhero I ever drew that wasn't Batman was a very similar character called "The Black Beetle." Over the years, the Black Beetle evolved into the Bedbug we know and love today, but Batman's shadow still looms large over Bedbug, his adventures and his universe.

Happy 75th Birthday Batman and many thanks to his creators, Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson and all the others who gave us the greatest superhero ever, thanks for years of thrills, action and mystery, fueling our imagination and inspiring us to create heroes and worlds of our own.

Friday, January 3, 2014


BEDBUG #1 First printing is SOLD OUT!

Thank you to everyone who purchased a copy!

Look for issue #2 coming Spring 2014!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bedbug #1 is almost SOLD OUT!!

You are looking at the last five issues of BEDBUG #1! I printed 500 copies of these babies and this is it. If I reprint BEDBUG #1 it will be with a new cover or in a trade paperback. This is your last chance to get my comic! Click the BUY link on the right of this page and THANKS!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Happy Holidays from Bedbug!

Hey all,

It's been a heck of a year. I promise Bedbug will return in 2014! In the meantime, have a great holiday!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

There's a (bed) bug in Scribblenauts Unmasked!!

So there you are, playing Scribblenauts Unmasked the new DC Universe themed puzzle game from Warner Brothers Interactive (for the Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Microsoft Windows) and all of a sudden you see...!!!

Wait a second, is that Bedbug in Scribblenauts Unmasked? Why yes it is! Let me repeat that... BEDBUG IS IN SCRIBBLENAUTS UNMASKED!!! My very own creation Bedbug appears in the highly anticipated puzzle game that features over 2000 characters from the DC Universe... and one mighty bug-hero from the world of independent comics!

Hold the bat-phone!!! An indy superhero in a major comic book company's video game?! THIS IS A FIRST IN VIDEO GAME HISTORY! But how the heck did Bedbug the single-father superhero, end up rubbing shoulders with the likes of Batman, Superman and the Justice League?
Many years ago, while I was a creative manager at the video game publisher THQ, I was lucky enough to work with Scribblenaut Unmasked's super-talented developers 5th Cell - the creators of Drawn To Life, Drawn to Life The Next Chapter and Lock's Quest (three excellent games you should play!) and became friends with the team.
When I was going through chemotherapy for cancer earlier this year, I used my disability time to write and draw Bedbug #1. (available here!) Well, it just so happened that the President of 5th Cell was following my trials and tribulations on-line and asked if I'd like Bedbug to appear in their upcoming game. I was thrilled, but even more thrilled when he told me the game was Scribblenauts Unmasked.


I couldn't believe it would happen, but at San Diego Comic Con, I was able to see it for myself. If you enter "Bedbug" or "Buddy Sprang" into Scribblenaut Unmasked's word editor, the leapin' lawman himself will jump into action!



What makes this extra special is, not only do I really like the Scribblenauts games, but I am a HUGE DC Comics fan and knowing that Bedbug will be standing side by side with DC's iconic heroes and fighting against the vilest villains (especially my favorite, the Killer Moth!) - well, this comic fan's dream has come true!

Bedbug vs. the Killer Moth!

I got to thank some of the Scribblenauts Unmasked creators in person at San Diego Comic Con

I really want to thank the fine folks at WB Interactive for making this happen and my good friends at 5th Cell for being so thoughtful and generous. Scribblenauts Unleashed is available everywhere video games are sold, so go buy a copy and tell 'em Bedbug sent ya!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Signing! Young Comic Book Readers Day on Sept. 14th!

Exciting news! I'll be doing my first official signing for Bedbug #1 as part of Young Comic Reader Day. Here's the official press release!
Hero Initiative and Collector's Paradise present Young Comic Reader Day at Collector's Paradise San Fernando Valley store on Saturday, September 14th at Noon to 3 pm.

Joining Hero and the store will be the following creators (others interested please contact Collector's Paradise):
- Mike Kunkel – Herobear & the Kid, Billy Batson & The Magic of Shazam
- Tony Fleecs – My Little Pony...

- Chris Moreno – Toy Story
- Scott Rogers - Bedbug
- Aaron Sowd – artist,
Simpsons Ride @ Universal, Clone Wars, Hoodwinked
All artists will be doing FREE sketches to anyone who signs up for Hero Initiative's Ralph's Club program at the store. Hero Initiative is a fantastic charity that needs funds to operate. Ralph's Club program allows Hero to receive funds on ongoing basis without any cost to yourself. Ralph's stores give percentage of their proceeds from every sale of a Hero Initiative registered Ralph's Club member to HERO.

In addition to the creators, we'll have:

- Spider-Man in costume – Everyone's favorite costumed character, who is our frequent guest for Free Comic Book Day, has promised to swing by and take photos with the kids.
- Prizes for any kids who come to the event wearing comic book-related costumes
- All kinds of snacks and beverages for the kids
Collector's Paradise is at:
7131 Winnetka Ave
Winnetka, CA 91306
(818) 999-9455
Ed and the gang at Collector's Paradise always go all out on these events (you should see their Free Comic Book Day party!) so I urge everyone to come out and say hi!
See you there!

Sketchy going ons!

Some of you bought Bedbug #1 a few weeks ago (thanks!!!) and as a result, got a free sketch card. I think they turned out pretty ginchy myself!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Buy Bedbug #1 - get a FREE SKETCH CARD!

You might have been waiting to buy Bedbug #1 because you were saving money for Comic Con (I know I was) or you might have been waiting to buy Bedbug #1 because you wanted to read some reviews (see some links to reviews below) or you might have been waiting to buy Bedbug #1 because you were waiting for A FREE SKETCH CARD WITH EVERY PURCHASE!

Well, now is your chance! Every Bedbug comic bought between now and August 1st will come with a FREE COLOR SKETCH CARD! (much like these below)

Wait are you waiting for, a FREE SKETCH CARD? (You can buy Bedbug #1 by clicking THIS LINK!)