Sunday, November 20, 2016

Batman- Born on the Fourth of July, pg 3

This is Day 3 of my serialized blog about the Rainblo-Batman Custom Comic, 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; I’m not certain if it was ever actually published, since I can find no trace of it anywhere on the internet. 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.

Late breaking news: Daryl Edelman’s Wizard page lists this project as: Batman: Born on the Fourth of July” custom comic.

Today I am posting about Page 3.

I’m struck, looking at this 22 years later, by how cartoonish, how comedic this story is, more so than the Batman Animate TV series or the Batman Adventures comic. Those had elements of comedic relief, but the tone was more serious (tho not so much as the regular Bat books, which were deep in the throes of post-Watchmen, post-Dark Knight seriosity... I assume, since I must confess to never having read them during this period,) This stuff is on par with the mid’60’s series starring Adam West in camp silliness.

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