Friday, December 2, 2016

Rainblo-Batman Custom Comic, "Batman-Born on the Fourth of July, pg 18(20)

This is Day 17 of my serialized blog about the Rainblo-Batman Custom Comic entitled “Batman: Born on the Fourth of July”, which I pencilled in the spring of 1994. Each day’s post will include the plot outline, the finished script (when I have it), my roughs, and my pencils. I can’t include images of the pages-as-published as I didn’t receive and have never seen them . If anyone reading this has a copy of the published work, please contact me. If you give or sell me a copy, or send me scans of the published or finished artwork, I will incorporate them into future blog posts. 

Today I’m discussing page 18  (printed as page 20 in the comic book, I’m assuming.)


The sequence of panels where Batman rescues the falling mime is swiped from a similar sequence towards the climax of “Castle Cagliostro”, the first anime feature by Hayao Miyazaki. 




Thursday, December 1, 2016

Rainblo-Batman Custom Comic, "Batman-Born on the Fourth of July, pg 17(19)

This is Day 16 of my serialized blog about the Rainblo-Batman Custom Comic entitled “Batman: Born on the Fourth of July”, which I pencilled in the spring of 1994. Each day’s post will include the plot outline, the finished script (when I have it), my roughs, and my pencils. I can’t include images of the pages-as-published as I didn’t receive and have never seen them . If anyone reading this has a copy of the published work, please contact me. If you give or sell me a copy, or send me scans of the published or finished artwork, I will incorporate them into future blog posts. 

Today I’m discussing page 17  (printed as page 19 in the comic book, I’m assuming.)


More unwanted (by me) dialogue coming from the mime henchman. Darn it.




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Rainblo-Batman Custom Comic, "Batman-Born on the Fourth of July, pg 16(18)

This is Day 15 of my serialized blog about the Rainblo-Batman Custom Comic entitled “Batman: Born on the Fourth of July”, which I pencilled in the spring of 1994. Each day’s post will include the plot outline, the finished script (when I have it), my roughs, and my pencils. I can’t include images of the pages-as-published as I didn’t receive and have never seen them . If anyone reading this has a copy of the published work, please contact me. If you give or sell me a copy, or send me scans of the published or finished artwork, I will incorporate them into future blog posts. 

Today I’m discussing page 16  (printed as page 18 in the comic book, I’m assuming).

My page numbering is screwed up because the editor, Daryl Edelman, insisted on inserting two pages in between what would have been pages 7 and 8. These pages were featured in  last Wednesday’s post.


I was annoyed that the script writers, Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid, ignored my roughs and fave the Mime Henchman (or “GOON” in the script) dialogue. This struck me as completely unnecessary; I had intentionally staged and posed the mime characters so that they would work without dialogue. Since this is a first draft, I remain hopeful that the editor, Daryl Edelman, thought better and excised the mime dialogue.






Rainblo-Batman Custom Comic, "Batman-Born on the Fourth of July, pg 15(17)

This is Day 14 of my serialized blog about the Rainblo-Batman Custom Comic entitled “Batman: Born on the Fourth of July”, which I pencilled in the spring of 1994. Each day’s post will include the plot outline, the finished script (when I have it), my roughs, and my pencils. I can’t include images of the pages-as-published as I didn’t receive and have never seen them . If anyone reading this has a copy of the published work, please contact me. If you give or sell me a copy, or send me scans of the published or finished artwork, I will incorporate them into future blog posts. 

Today I’m discussing page 15  (printed as page 17 in the comic book, I’m assuming).

My page numbering is screwed up because the editor, Daryl Edelman, insisted on inserting two pages in between what would have been pages 7 and 8. These pages were featured in  last Wednesday’s post.


My research and reconnoissance at the Statue of Liberty really paid off in this sequence. I visited the monument back in May of ’92, back when tourists were allowed to climb up into the crown. I don’t know if they still can or not. I’m pretty sure the torch is off limits. I think it was back in ’92 as well, as I’m sure I would have gone to it. I was able to climb steps with impunity in those days.





Monday, November 28, 2016

Rainblo-Batman Custom Comic, "Batman-Born on the Fourth of July, pg 14(16)

This is Day 13 of my serialized blog about the Rainblo-Batman Custom Comic entitled “Batman: Born on the Fourth of July”, which I pencilled in the spring of 1994. Each day’s post will include the plot outline, the finished script (when I have it), my roughs, and my pencils. I can’t include images of the pages-as-published as I didn’t receive and have never seen them . If anyone reading this has a copy of the published work, please contact me. If you give or sell me a copy, or send me scans of the published or finished artwork, I will incorporate them into future blog posts. 

Today I’m discussing page 14  (printed as page 16 in the comic book, I’m assuming).

My page numbering is screwed up because the editor, Daryl Edelman, insisted on inserting two pages in between what would have been pages 7 and 8. These pages were featured in lastWednesday’s post.

This is where things get fun. The remainder of the story is located in and around the Statue of Liberty. Fortunately, I had shot several rolls of film on Liberty Island while visiting NYC after the 1993 March On Washington, and so had adequate reference.


We are also introduced to Mr. Roger Robertson and his Computer Scouts as they tour the Statue of Liberty. The monument is also being infiltrated by Catwoman’s henchmen, still masquerading as children.




Sunday, November 27, 2016

Rainblo-Batman Custom Comic, "Batman-Born on the Fourth of July, pg 11, 12 & 13

This is Day 12 of my serialized blog about the Rainblo-Batman Custom Comic entitled “Batman: Born on the Fourth of July”, which I pencilled in the spring of 1994. Each day’s post will include the plot outline, the finished script (when I have it), my roughs, and my pencils. I can’t include images of the pages-as-published as I didn’t receive and have never seen them . If anyone reading this has a copy of the published work, please contact me. If you give or sell me a copy, or send me scans of the published or finished artwork, I will incorporate them into future blog posts. 

Today I’m discussing pages 11 through 13 (printed as 13 through 15 in the comic book, I’m assuming).

My page numbering is screwed up because the editor, Daryl Edelman, insisted on inserting two pages in between what would have been pages 7 and 8. These pages were featured in Wednesday’s post.



Here we have three pages of exposition, establishing the main problem Batman will have to spend the remainder of the comic solving: Catwoman and Riddler demand the release of the Joker, and that they intend to hold the Statue of Liberty hostage of the Fourth of July. Riddler, being the Riddler, throws in a clue (a six digit number that looks like a date with hash marks). The sequence ends with a full page of various government functionaries venting about the tense predicament.



On one hand, I was grateful to have 3 easy pages; on the other it’s quite a trick to make this sort of thing interesting. 




I had fun with page 13/15. I got to do caricatures of Rudy Giuliani, Mario Cuomo and Bill Clinton. I also got to play around with “eye-read” (i.e., the Western left-to-right, top-to-bottom) manner of scanning the printed page, as opposed to the Eastern right-to-left) in organizing the page composition.  Figures, poses and word balloons were contrived to create a zig-zag  pattern: from the uppermost left TV set, being turned off by Commissioner Gordon, right to Batman, then left-right-left-right-left across each ensuing character, advancing gradually in depth from long-shot into close-up on the French Ambassador, having a melt-down in the lower-most right.


I am somewhat embarrassed by my depiction of the French Ambassador, but this was the best I could do in those halcyon early ’90’s yeas before I had a computer or any concept of on-line search. Given the paucity of easily obtainable reference, I opted for stereotyped caricature. My apology for any offense.



Rainblo-Batman Custom Comic, "Batman-Born on the Fourth of July, pg 10 (12)

This is Day 11 of my serialized blog about the Rainblo-Batman Custom Comic entitled “Batman: Born on the Fourth of July”, which I pencilled in the spring of 1994. Each day’s post will include the plot outline, the finished script (when I have it), my roughs, and my pencils. I can’t include images of the pages-as-published as I didn’t receive and have never seen them . If anyone reading this has a copy of the published work, please contact me. If you give or sell me a copy, or send me scans of the published or finished artwork, I will incorporate them into future blog posts. 
My page numbering is screwed up because the editor, Daryl Edelman, insisted on inserting two pages in between what would have been pages 7 and 8. These pages were featured in Wednesday’s post.

As you can read from the posted plot outline, “Batman crashes their party but he’s heavily out-numbered. Following a really good fight, he decides to inform Commissioner Gordon.” is all I had to work with. Basically, I had to contrive two pages of fight scene that ending with Batman not catching the crooks, giving all the actors a little bit of play. On one hand, I sort of resent having to basically write the damn thing myself; on the other hand, I got to write it myself.




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