Detective Comics #750 Cover

It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog, apologies. Been rather busy of late, and whilst still quite busy – I thought I’d take a moment to quickly post this delightful cover from Detective Comics issue 750, back in November 2000. Dave Johnson’s style is unmistakeable, and whilst it may initially seem quite a statement to exclude the Dark Knight from the cover, upon closer inspection one can see he is the focus of Ra’s Al-Ghul’s (a personal favourite Batman villain of mine) attentions.

Enjoy!…

Ra's Al-Ghul regards his prey?

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Gotham by Gaslight

A lovely front cover (notice Mike Mignola’s name at the bottom) that’s reminiscent of Jack the Ripper and Victorian London. A wonderful idea – “Gotham by Gaslight”.

Beautiful.

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Another beautiful, haunting image from Gotham

I’m heading off to catch some sleep now. For my parting post, here’s the cover artwork from #800 of Batman: Detective Comics, inspired by the story ‘Alone at Night’, I believe. There’s a bit of Frank Miller to this, in my opinion, but if so – only as subtle homage as this is by Jock. As for the artwork, I’ll let it speak for itself:

Is this Sparta?

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The many faces of Batman…

Great overview (non-comprehensive) of the many faces of Batman, over the years/genres:

Batman's Varied Visages

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Radiohead album-release poster; excellent typography & layout

My post-title says it all, really. I hope my friend Paul Smith agrees:

Roll up! Roll up! Come one, come all!!

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Silly Batman face…

I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself. The child in me loves the I can haz chzbrgr? and Demotivational Posters culture. When I saw this, I laughed out loud. It’s quite puerile and childish, but still…

Would have been better with the prefix 'Bat-'...

I’m ashamed to say that I don’t know for sure from which film this cropped still is taken. I reckon it’s one of the fake batmen from the beginning of The Dark Knight. A big part of me wants it to be Michael Keaton from the 1989/1992 films directed by Burton (don’t know why)… If you know for sure, please drop me a line or comment below!

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Batman Artwork comparison

So it’s an infamous series, outside of the canonised DC universe, but the cover artwork (Jim Lee) from the All Star Batman and Robin the boy Wonder is strikingly powerful. I thought I would show it here in it’s pencilled and coloured versions:

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Pencil | Ink

Beautiful. A strong, nearly sci-fi Gotham recalling the original more sci-fi aspects of Batman.

Robin is a character I’ve always tolerated, really. So, some of the other cover variants are less appealing to me:

Variation 1

And the weird merge was actually annoying:

Merge

which naturally resulted in some parodying:

Robin the baby Wonder?

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