I’m continuing to post, in serialize fashion, the rough pages, along with the final printed pages (and the original pages if I still have them) to my run on Batman Adventures. Today we’ll look at pages 16 and 17 of Batman Adventures #5, published by DC Comics in February 1993. This is part two of “Riot Act”, part one having appeared in Batman Adventures #4.
One of my dreams as a teenager was to draw Batman comics, following in the footsteps of my idol, Neal Adams. Ironically, by 1992, in my early 30’s, I was completely jaded to the Caped Dark Knight Crusader. I found everyone else in the Batman Animated TV Series more interesting, more fun to draw than the titular hero. Therefore my aesthetic strategy was to play him down as much as possible, to hide him in shadow, keep him mysterious. My main influence during this period was the first “Alien” movie, specifically the way Ridley Scott never gave us a good look at the monster, only partial views, in shadow, brief snatched glimpses. In fact, I story-boarded an entire act of a Batman episode this way (Two Face Part 1, Act One). Page 16 is exemplary of my desired approach.