Saturday, June 09, 2012

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: The Dark Knight Turns 500 - Gets Gold Shoulder Pads

Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This week, with Batman vs Bane ready to hit movie theatres, I thought I'd post the splashie from the initial storyline that brought the two together, Knightfall. While Bruce Wayne lay crippled by Bane, a new Batman took to the skies in the pages of Batman #500 - his name was Jean-Paul Valley

Done by Joe Quesada, with Mike Manley on interiors, this splash-page debut of the new Batman was shocking because DC had actually done it. Actually removed both Bruce Wayne and the infamous, previously thought untouchable bat-suit. 

While Jean-Paul didn't seem such a fan of being a creature of the night on first looks with all that gold and those claws, in the initial issues the art team actually made it work. 

Will Jean-Paul's Bat-costume appear in The Dark Knight Rises? Probably not. However, Jean Paul himself would be quite a cool, if not unexpected surprise.

For more great splashies, click here.


  1. Wow, this is really reminiscent of Daredevil's 'armour' costume. When did this hit the streets exactly (looks very 90s)?

  2. 1993. And I have this one too. Mike Manley's a very underrated, but steady artist.

  3. It was very 90's Robert - infact it was almost because of the success they had killing and replacing Superman, they tried to get lightning to strike twice, a little further down the road.

    Didn't cause the same level up roar, but Knightfall did give us Azreal and help a Catwoman series eventually get started - so that alone makes it a success in my books!

    Dale is right. Mike Manley - who drew the second half is a mad machine bursting with talent. The first 25 issues of Darkhawk prove that. See how all roads lead back to Darkhawk guys? Marvel? Anybody?