Ol’ Batman has been hovering around my drawing board this week, as I’m doing portraits of Bob Kane and Bill Finger all day long for the Finger project. But since I’m rummaging through the Gotham City wing of my studio anyway, I dug out some unused designs sketches for past Batman Adventures covers that were cruelly rejected…and since I’ve been encouraged to toss these unseen bits of nonsense up on the blog in the past, I’m going to do just that, because that’s my way. If people like it, this may be the first of many such posts.
These thumbnails were for Batman And Robin Adventures #7. I don’t recall why these first two ideas were turned back. It might be that Batman was too small on either of them…
Unless you were pointing the gun at a wooden puppet, then it was okay. Still they rejected this one as well, but I do recall that I was encouraged to go back to this theme and try another angle of this idea. Aiming the gun at the puppet was fine.
The final sketch that was approved. This might have been the first of many covers editor Scott Peterson said yes to, that didn’t have Batman on them at all. As I look over the run of many dozens of issues, it’s odd how many don’t have Batman on the cover. I love that openness in an editor.
You’ll notice how little changed from the original little sketch to the final art. I was so happy with the big bold lines on the sketch (originally three and half inches by five inches high!), that I blew it up and light-tabled it at 10 x 15. That was a pretty common trick for me, to keep the simple look of the designs.
So do you agree with the editor? Did we do the right one?
Ty the Guy OUT!
Here now, your BONUS rejected cover moment:
This is the ORIGINAL cover to Amazing Fantasy #15, drawn by Steven Ditko, and rejected by Stan Lee, who asked Jack Kirby to re-design the image into the famous cover we know today. Which looks like this: