This is Day 9 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 will feature page 9 (10).
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 yesterday’s post.
On this page we get to the meat of the plot: Catwoman and Riddler intend to hold the Statue of Liberty hostage on the Fourth of July to force the release of the Joker.
Both Catwoman and Riddler have their own gangs in tow; CW’s was the dwarf/midget/little-men baseball team, but Riddler’s was unspecified by the plot. Daryl didn’t have any suggestions, so I came up with the posse of criminal mimes all on my own. I thought it was a fantastic idea, but was disappointed in reading the script that the writers (Brian Augustyn and Mark Waid) had dialogue coming out of their mouths. This stuck me as antithetical to the whole point of them being mimes. On the other hand, the dialogue script Daryl sent me was a first draft, so maybe the mime dialogue was excised in the printed comic.