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 First Day of Issue 

Batman began in 1939 as a dark character, capable of killing his enemies, exhibiting a slight measure of mental and emotional instability.  He straightened up  as the decades passed, and was quite the likable guy, spending an ample amount of time in the daylight, friendly, social.  Then the Modern Age hits, and we see Batman slide into an almost reckless state, prone to emotional outbursts, angry, and bitter.  Everything gets dark; the plots, storylines, villians, even Gotham City is dark and depressing.  I saw the movie The Dark Knight Returns at the theatre, and I will say, it was a dark, dismal movie.

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Batman-The Golden Age, Batman-The Silver Age, and

Batman- The Modern Age

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SET OF FOUR

Released to collectors July 27, 2015, along with

Batman-The Golden Age,  Batman-The Silver Age,  and  Batman-The Modern Age 

                  

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With the cancellation of the TV series, the editors at DC Comics knew it was wise to banish the “campiness” of Batman, and once again return him to his origins as a shadowy, spooky figure.  So with issue #217 Batman became “The Batman” and he was relocated to a penthouse apartment atop the towering Wayne Foundation in      downtown Gotham. Gone were the highly stylized and gadget laden icons, and in came the low key, somber accessories.  His Batmobile was replaced with a sports car, sporting a painted bat-head on the hood, and the Batcave and bat devices were done away with in favor of a sleeker lifestyle.  During this period, Batman operated as a lone wolf as he had been in the beginning.  He was mysterious and stealth.  Most of the 1970s and early 1980s would see Batman alone, with an occasional appearance by Robin or Batgirl. 

 

Read the article in its entirety in the July  2015 Bevil newsletter, which accompanies the cover.

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Painting any comics series is a totally different experience compared to all the

realistic renderings I most often produce.  With these comics, like the comic book illustrations, the colors are flat, void of highlights and shadows.  There are many shadows, but they're black, not painted.   My shadows on other issues are subtle, but stongly utilized.  Oh, how I wanted to insert a few, but reframed.  The Modern Age Batman cover is an exception, as rendering style and technique made great advances.