It's 1974. Sure, cheeky Marvel Comics is pulling ahead with their lively, loopy and "realistic" superheroes, but there is one thing long-lived DC Comics did first. The venerable firm was first to produce an oversized "tabloid" edition of their comics, in an attempt to find new and alternative comic book formats. It took a few issues (featuring SHAZAM! and, of all things, RUDOLPH), but DC soon got around to spotlighting one of their biggest fan-favorite characters, Batman! This huge "limited collector's edition" not only contained reprints from Batman's storied past, but puzzle pages, pin-ups, special features and...aw, just look below to find out for yourself! Click each image to enlarge!
|Above: Who could resist this power-packed cover? Drawn by Neal Adams, the artist |
who was taking Batman back to his urban "roots!" This image (based on an earlier comics
panel) was so popular, it was used on many other products throughout the 70s!
|Above: The tome also included this Golden Age story, giving rabid fans a |
look at the work of artist Jerry Robinson, who toiled on the strip for a
relatively short time!
|Above: This tale was only three years old then, but it was a valued reprint for us |
young fans, since it was drawn by Neal Adams (with inks by Dick Giordano), and,
once those older comic went off-sale, they were gone! That final panel includes
another Batman pose that would be seen on many products in the coming years!
|Above: And they included this poster pull-out page of the pernicious Penguin! |
Unlike today, with carefully-created style guides and corporate-think ruling the day,
DC and their licensees were not afraid to use these years-old images in their
current comics, and on products!
|Above: As an aspiring young artist (even then), one crazed over Batman, |
you can imagine the most favored part of this bombastic book! The
above "how to draw Batman" feature, by Carmine Infantino, had appeared
years earlier in the regular comics, but, to me, it was a very rare peek
into "how it was done!" Of course, these are really only model sheets
for the 1968 Filmation BATMAN cartoon, but how I endlessly examined
these images, copying and studying for hours!
|Above: As if all of that wasn't enough for ya, the back cover featured a |
custom-made "table top diorama," as drawn by Neal Adams! I recall having to
ask my parents what the heck a "diorama" was, and if I even wanted to cut
up my treasured tome! I also loved how this, and the front cover, reflected
Batman's then-current darker and more "realistic" look, as contrasted
with his TV and mainstream persona! Even this image was used on
other Bat-merch of the time! Print the above, and make your own
3-D prize! Just wanna see this little gem assembled? Click here!
|Above: Lest you think this decades-old comic magazine is an ill-remembered |
thing of the past, click below to see yours truly sporting a new tee that celebrates
this blockbusting book!