This is Day 23 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 posting page 27, along with the shot list that served as my first draft prior to roughing out the last third of the story.
RBBM Shotlist pg 27
35) He’s jumped by group of mimes
36) Throws them off
37) Wall near him is stitched by machine gun
38) Shot of Riddler on parapet, firing machine gun
39) Batman runs past souvenir shop, bullets break glass window
40) Batman reaches inside, pulls out statue replica
41) Throws it at Riddler
42) Beans him, knocking him out
I had fun with the mime posing in panels 1 & 2, although I'm not sure how they'd look inked. I seemed to have forgotten my original concept for the characters, that they would be black silhouettes, except for their faces and question marks. Oops.
I want to point out panels 8 & 9; Riddler is stunned by whatever it was that Batman hurled at him in panel 6; In panel 8 we see Riddle, unconscious, arms stretched with both hands out of frame. In panel 9 we have a close up on Riddler’s hand. Next to it is the item thrown by Batman in panel 6, which is a replica Statue of Liberty with its hand broken off, ironically echoing Riddler’s theft of the hand on an earlier page. Is this artily pretentious or what?
"Riddle me this, Bat-bastard" followed by Eddie just opening up with a machine gun is one of the better sequences I've ever seen in a DCAU-adjacent Batman comic. It's a shame that it definitely did not make it to the published product with that exact wording.
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