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John Byrne
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 10:02am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

11" x 17" cover reimagining of the cover to Golden-Age Batman # 9, the details are:

- Batman and Robin in costumes as drawn on the original comic
- please do keep Batman and Robin in the spotlight
- please include the cover logo, date, DC indicia, and price
- if it works, please include a detailed alley background rather than the black space as on the original

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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 10:03am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

BTW - Problem with YouSentIt this morning, so it may be a while before I can get this to Dan for posting in the Gallery.
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 10:12am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I love it! Haven't seen these guys in way too long!
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William Roberge
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 10:14am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Loving the Inks on this!
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 10:16am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Loving the Inks on this!

With the exception of Batman and Robin's heads/faces, this was inked entirely with a PITT brush pen with the tip clipped.

That includes, this time, my signature bullet.

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Michael Penn
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 10:17am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Nice!
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 10:19am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Gothamy Goodness to start the day! Very nice! 
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John Byrne
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 10:24am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Incidentally, this is probably my favorite of all the Bat-logos.

No coincidence, I'm sure, that it was on the cover of the first issue of BATMAN I bought. . .

Hmmm.... 110 issues after the one that served as the inspiration for this commission. Again, I find myself wondering what my younger self would have said, if he could have been given a glimpse into his Future!

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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 10:31am | IP Logged | 9 post reply


Awesome!  Very cool, JB!


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Peter Martin
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 10:42am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Great reimagining of a great cover.

I also love that Batman logo.

Cool shadows in this commission, and I like the textures and details of the piece: the rickety fence behind them, the gunk and junk on the floor and the boarded-up tenement windows.

It would be fascinating to read a whole issue in this Gotham.


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Drawing this piece, I was struck once again by how much the Adam West costume adhered to the model then in the comics. Except for the literalization of the utility belt (and OH! what a long shadow THAT hath cast!) the colors and general configuration were very much in line with the way the character was drawn in those pre-Neal Adams days. They even made an attempt to get the unmoving "shadow" on the front of the mask!

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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 10:45am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

I find the white line on the nose really odd on the West costume. It would be interesting with modern CGI to see a version of Batman where they could cast that permanent shadow on the mask in post-production.
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 10:45am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Always liked the cover of Batman #9; not sure, but I think DC reused the shot elsewhere for ads and such, and I saw the pose there before I ever saw a photo of the cover.  Always liked that Batlogo as well--it's the one I grew up with as well--and it's better when it's big and prominent, rather than shrunk.  There was another bat logo that I thought was pretty good, I think Infantino designed, with the suggestion of the cape drawn across the face, much like it is [on the cover shot of B & R itself, not the logo] on the cover of #9--it didn't last long, as I recall.  Hard to trick out any one influence in the art style here, but certainly some Dick Sprang shines through in the treatment of Batman's face--always a good thing.  Really nice job working out the shadows cast by the figures and using them as a design element.  I would think the commissioner (do we have a JBF member named Gordon--ouch)--would be very pleased.

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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 10:49am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

Added to the Commission Covers gallery...
http://www.artofjohnbyrne.com/gallery/index.php?
album=commissions%2Fcommissions-covers


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Petter Myhr Ness
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 10:53am | IP Logged | 15 post reply

This is very nice!
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John Byrne
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 10:55am | IP Logged | 16 post reply

Another element of comicbook history is contained in this reimagining, and that's the 10 cover price. Mythology insists that comics were "only 10 for decades" and it was not until the Sixties that the price started creeping, and then leaping up.

Of course, that's not really true. Altho issue 9 was 10, it was 64 pages, not including the covers. 119, my first, still had that 10 price tag, but the page count had shrunk to 32. And even tho 32 remains the standard, the ad count increased, reducing editorial content.

Heck, when I started in comics, the cover price was up to 25, and the editorial page count was down to 17!!

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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 11:23am | IP Logged | 17 post reply

Nicely done, JB.  I am digging these Golden Age-inspired drawings.

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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 11:23am | IP Logged | 18 post reply

Very awesome! I really love it.
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Hans Romp
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Very beautiful!
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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 12:09pm | IP Logged | 20 post reply

I'm with William re: the inks - love 'em!

I can't quite put a finger on why I prefer certain inking styles that you've
played with over others - I think my brain just responds better to seeing
thick and lush ink strokes, but when you nail it, you REALLY nail it!

I'll say again that lately your inks are reminding me of George Perez.

Interesting take on Batman on this one - feels like ' "Bob Kane" meets
Frank Miller' to me.
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 12:12pm | IP Logged | 21 post reply

Very COOL!!
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 12:31pm | IP Logged | 22 post reply

Better or worse?

I'm probably too used to the way it normally looks.
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 12:48pm | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Looks like Batman's taken some Botox!
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John Byrne
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Posted: 03 March 2013 at 12:59pm | IP Logged | 24 post reply

I'll say again that lately your inks are reminding me of George Perez.

If you're trying to insult me, you'll have to work MUCH harder!! ;-)

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You're getting better and better, JB! Nice work!
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