I Shall Become a BAT!”

The clock is count­ing down to DC Comics’ big reboot, and it’s still got me think­ing back on the orig­i­nals. I thought I should get at least one more post in here, before it hap­pens. Super­man was look­ing a lit­tle lonely.

Like I said in my pre­vi­ous post, I’ve always had an attrac­tion to the early golden age ver­sions of some of these char­ac­ters, despite the occa­sional rugged­ness in exe­cu­tion. There was a pri­mal kind of energy there that per­haps got lost a lit­tle bit along the way, as the artists and writ­ers got bet­ter at their craft, and began to for­mu­late the rules for how you were sup­posed to do this sort of thing.

Last time, I copped to hav­ing an affec­tion for the golden age Super­man. But if pushed, I’d have to admit that I prob­a­bly liked the golden age Bat­man just a lit­tle bit more. Those early strips just dripped with mood: dark shad­ows, misty nights with almost always an enor­mous full moon, and plenty of strange char­ac­ters for the Bat­man to go up against. When I first began to encounter this stuff in those DC 100-Page Super-Spectaculars as a kid, I had no prob­lem at all under­stand­ing why kids encoun­ter­ing these sto­ries for the first time on news­stands back in the golden age were attracted to it. This stuff cap­tured your imagination.

In the same vein as the Super­man poster, here’s one fea­tur­ing Bat­man in that early 20th Cen­tury Poster Style. This time out, I did my ver­sion of a clas­sic pose that Kane used a num­ber of times in those early issues. A very big “Thank You” to Bill Fin­ger, Bob Kane, Jerry Robin­son, George Rous­sos, and all the rest of Kane’s “ghosts” over the years who made Bat­man what he was!

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4 Responses to I Shall Become a BAT!”

  1. Lyle Dodd says:

    The Dark Knight.….as he should be!

  2. Andrew says:

    Hi Mark,

    Great site!

    Are you sell­ing copies of your Bat­Man poster? It is fantastic!

    Thanks

    • Mark says:

      Glad you like it! You know, I’m not sell­ing any posters at this time, but per­haps I should look into what that would entail. That’s one image that seems to get a pretty high num­ber of hits here.

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