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Bryan White
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Posted: 02 February 2016 at 9:19pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Ha!   I think this is the first time ever, I correctly guessed the character from the title. 

 It's hard to go wrong with a great Batman commission, this is great Batman.

JB,  who was your Batman ears, influence?  My first thought was Marshall Rodgers, but then a Google search showed some longer ears early on.
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Posted: 02 February 2016 at 9:21pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I take the longer ears straight from Neal Adams' Batman.
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Wow!   That is stunningly beautiful art, John. 
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Posted: 02 February 2016 at 9:46pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

That background…

Wow.
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 Bryan White wrote:
... a Google search showed some longer ears early on...


Batman's ears were pretty long in his earliest adventures. They shortened over the years, and I believe it was Neal Adams that restored them to the larger length, in the late 1960s'/early 1970s' comics.
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John M. Jackson
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Posted: 02 February 2016 at 11:38pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Stunning! 
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Shane Matlock
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Posted: 03 February 2016 at 5:08am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

I have always loved your Batman.
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Greg Woronchak
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Posted: 03 February 2016 at 7:16am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

Jaw dropping! I love how the background isn't distracting, and actually adds to the mood and 'storytelling' of the piece.

As Wayne and Garth would say: 'We're not worthy!'
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Concentrating on the backgrounds, I really like the individual touches, like the rooftop statue, the askance blind in one window and the antennae/spires.
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Posted: 03 February 2016 at 8:32am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Awesome.
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Fantastic!



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Posted: 03 February 2016 at 9:03am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Wow... This has instantly become my favorite Batman !
Fantastic !
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Posted: 03 February 2016 at 9:05am | IP Logged | 13 post reply

Outstanding!
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Posted: 03 February 2016 at 9:35am | IP Logged | 14 post reply

I remember Batman 3D graphic novel to feature the bat symbol with the yellow ellipse, but otherwise this commission does evoke memories of that very well-drawn comic!  JB should have done more Batman.
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I remember Batman 3D graphic novel to feature the bat symbol with the yellow ellipse...

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Guess this is another one you can "fix," then.

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I love the tilt of the buildings here....really creates a cool feel to this piece. Then there's the cape (no one draws them like you), then there's that gargoyle....man this one is gonna be tough to top
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Is it weird that my favorite part is the little statue in the top right?
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Very weird, Rich. I suggest you seek psychiatric help. Or possibly have yourself committed.

To Arkham Asylum, of course!

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Thanks JB, thanks Matt.


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The statue has sent me searching google for days.
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I've always preferred Batman's ears that length ala Neal Adams. I never cared for the long exaggerated ears of Bernie Wrightson's or Kelley Jones' Batman and didn't really care for them when they were shorter either ala the silver age Batman or more recently Jim Lee's take. I thought Neal made them the perfect length which is probably partially why John Byrne does one of my favorite Batman illustrations in comics (my other favorite Batman artists being Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, and Marshall Rogers.. the ears have it). I think Batman is probably my favorite character for JB to draw to as a result of this even though he's never been particularly associated with Batman. Would have loved to have seen him draw a lot more Batman comics. Or write more too for that matter.
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I can do short, and I can do long. In GENERATIONS I did both, with increments in between. Mostly, it's a question of vintage.

(Somewhat related: in recent years I have noticed some fans complaining when artists -- myself included -- draw Batman's cape "too long." "Wouldn't he trip over it??" Add this to the list of Things that Tell You You're Too Old for Comics.)

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Posted: 04 February 2016 at 6:34am | IP Logged | 23 post reply

Now that I think about it you also did the short ears on Batman in Batman & Captain America which is one of my favorite books of yours, so obviously you can make both work. I guess I was more picturing your Man of Steel take on Batman which is one of my favorites. 

I'm also realizing I much prefer Batman without the yellow oval around the bat symbol on his chest. 



 


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I think Batman is probably my favorite character for JB to draw to as a result of this even though he's never been particularly associated with Batman.

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I have often wondered if that, which is true of many apparently, is precisely because I have not had a long run with the character?

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"I'm also realizing I much prefer Batman without the yellow oval around the bat symbol on his chest. "

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I'm getting there. Although my childhood nostalgia is with the yellow oval, my recently reading early Batman stories and seeing pieces like JB's has me realizing how much better the sans oval works.
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