This is Day 18 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 22. I don’t have much to say, so I’m posting the shot list for page 22 that I wrote to help me pace the remaining pages of the book.
RBBM Shotlist pg 22
6) Est. kid not participating in data search- he’s in communication with 2 kids who stayed hidden on Liberty Island
7) Establish kids on Liberty Island. They’re searching for clues. One of them saw Tomcats installing bomb, decided to stay behind
8) Tomcats art still on Liberty Island
9-13) Group of 3 kids jump a stray tomcat, overpower him tie him up, switch uniforms with one of kids- kid joins group of tomcats pretends to be one of them.
14) Meanwhile, kids on Ellis Island are typing away
15) Kid comes up with list of people born that day
Hmm. Reading the fax of the plot synopsis, I see that I chose to ignore the part about Batman communicating with Ryker’s Island and foiling the plot to open the Joker’s cell. I wonder if I discussed this ommission/alteration with the editor, Daryl Edelman, or if I took it upon myself as a unilateral decision, or I just forgot about it. If so, I find it curious that Daryl didn’t point this out when he approved the roughs. The story really doesn’t need that plot beat, except that it would have given us another look at the Joker, possibly see him in action one last time.
Also, the shot list I prepared doesn't match the roughed page. Bear in mind that the shot list was done strictly for my own benefit, sort of like a first draft. One never expects to publish the first draft as written.