Friday, May 17, 2013

NOW THAT'S A SPLASH PAGE: John Byrne's Batman Decks The Joker

Splash pages, you gotta love 'em. A blank canvas where the artist can hit you with a large dose of illustrated 'wow'. This week, as Bats was top in sales and has had a few other posts to himself this week, I thought I'd post one of John Byrne's first shots at the character, from Untold Legend of The Batman #1, where he's doing that most Batman of Batman things, decking The Joker.

While Robin being used as a prop is one of my key gripes over 'old DC', what you really have to love here is the almost watermark effect of Batman's other rouges looking on! Two-Face especially seems to look pretty decent under John's craftmanship.

 What do you think? 

5 comments:

  1. I remember being at my grandmothers for the week end with my cousins. Some other family members had come by and everyone was having a nice time.

    At some point I went to one of the bed rooms where the kids were doing our thing and opened up a John Bryne's drawn issue of Batman. I spent the rest of the night looking at the art work from beginning to end until it was time for bed.

    Bryne is my guy, nice post Dan

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  2. Thanks OA! For me he is the seminal Thing artist, but with a career as long as his you could almost pick any character.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. His FF was the best for me in the 80s, and he revitalized the ailing book for many, including me/
    His X-Men Early Years [which coincidentally I was re-reading last weekend, for the FF cameoa] and his retread of early Spidey stories...not so much. And he over-egged the pudding with his run on Wonder Woman. His Next Men was imaginative and bold to some, his Doom Patrol turgid.
    But his early work - Doomsday Plus One, Space 1999, and of course X-Men are masterpieces. And Doomsday is coming back!
    Im getting his FF Omnibus vol 2 out in December [got the last one]. Man is a legend.

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  4. And Karl his stint on Avengers West Coast is what really I feel showed Marvel the potential for that team. Plus it unknowingly provided Bendis the springboard for Avengers Disassembled, but was a bit more 'all in the family' and more Avenger-ish in being so.

    Oh yeah and his stunning Dragon Seed arc in Iron Man, Superman, but the JLA reunion with Chris Claremont... yeah pass on that one.

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  5. Who is the guy in the splash with the eye patch and the horned helmet?

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