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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, becoming fairly 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, villains, 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.

Sold as a set of four covers, along with

Batman-The Golden Age, Batman-The Bronze 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 Bronze Age

                  

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DC Comics rebooted some of the major characters in an attempt at updating them for contemporary audiences.  Frank Miller retold Batman’s origin, emphasizing a grittier tone in his character. Unlike the Bronze Age model, this new Batman is obsessive, brutal and emotionally distant from the other Bat-Family characters.  He is not entirely trustworthy or even mentally sound.  The Dark Knight Returns, by Frank Miller, redefined the superhero genre and inspired years of grim and gritty comic books.  It tells the story of a 50 year old Batman coming out of retirement in a possible future.  It was so successful that it sparked a resurgence in Batman’s popularity. 

 

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

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Oh yea, I certainly enjoyed painting the Batman Modern Age cover.  Look at the side-light glowing colors coming from the right side.  The lit-up windows in the buildings, ahhh, that is so what we expect in comic book art. Without a doubt, of the four issues this was the most enjoyable to paint.   While these all are true to the original ink renderings, I hand inked each of them.  Then of course, I hand painted every cover.