Saturday, June 22, 2019

Illustrating Batman at the Society of Illustrators

New York City's Society of Illustrators is currently hosting ILLUSTRATING BATMAN: Eighty Years of Comics and Pop Culture, a show loaded with iconic original art from the entire history of Batman's publication. I went to the opening with a couple of kindred pals, annoyed Chip Kidd (eep), met the legendary Joe Giella, and basically just geeked out for an hour and a half. If you love comics and / or Batman, and you're in New York any time between now and October 12, 2019, you owe it to yourself to go see this show. Here are just a FEW highlights, there is so much more (including works by Alex Ross, Frank Miller, and Jim Lee, among many more). I'm kind of kicking myself for not taking MORE photos, but it was so overwhelming I thought I captured enough. I didn't. I'll be going back.

Peter Poplaski's cover to BATMAN: THE SUNDAY CLASSICS

Joe Giella pencils for the 1960s Batman newspaper strip

Lew Sayre Schwarts' splash page from DETECTIVE COMICS #168, the semi-origin of The Joker

I found a mistake! This Neal Adams piece is dated 1970, but it's definitely a recreation of the Batman piece he did for the 1976 Super DC Calendar. I pointed this out to the curators. They seemed nonplussed.

Nick Cardy's cover to DETECTIVE COMICS #436 was one of the highlights of the show for me. 

Michael Kaluta's cover to DETECTIVE COMICS #434

Jim Aparo's cover to DETECTIVE COMICS #469

Marshall Rorgers & Dick Giordano's cover to DETECTIVE COMICS #479. I'm geeked. Obviously.

Legendary jam cover for DETECTIVE COMICS #500

Brian Bolland art from THE KILLING JOKE

Alan Davis' cover for DETECTIVE COMICS #575, part one of the "Batman: Year Two" storyline.

Ross Andru's cover to DC SPECIAL BLUE RIBBON DIGEST #11

Bane breaks the Bat! Jim Aparo art from BATMAN #497

Paul Pope art from BATMAN YEAR 100

Frank Quitely's pencils for the cover of BATMAN & ROBIN #1

Neal Adams' cover for THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #75

Dave Taylor art from BATMAN: DEATH BY DESIGN

Neal Adams page from BATMAN #251, the single greatest Batman comic of all time. 

David Mazzucchelli page from WHO'S WHO UPDATE '87 #2 (the main image of Jim Gordon was in another frame)

Batman by David Mazzucchelli, illustrator of BATMAN: YEAR ONE

One of Chip Kidd's powers is getting people to draw Batman

Chris Ware's Batman paper figure from Chip Kidd's BATMAN: COLLECTED

Bruce Timm cover art from Chip Kidd's BATMAN: ANIMATED

Dan Clowes' rejected cover for BIZARRO COMICS volume one

Charles Burns' rejected cover for BATMAN #600

Cover to a 1960s Whitman coloring book (one of my first Batman items as a kid)

artwork for Batman Sticker Fun, 1960s. 

Neal Adams' cover for BATMAN #236

BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE sketch cover by Jaime Hernandez

BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE sketch cover by Roz Chast

BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE sketch cover by Mike Mignola

BATMAN BLACK AND WHITE sketch cover by Tony Millionaire

Marshall Rogers page from BATMAN SPECTACULAR 1978

Frank Quitely art from BATMAN & ROBIN #?

A legend and a true gentleman. 

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