Before we get to the unseen goodies from B&R Adventures #6, I have to follow up on the LAST unseen DC post about the cover for Batman and Robin Adventures #7. I had originally published the set of rejected cover sketches that looked like this:
And I thought that was the end of it. But while going through the files for this week’s post about a different B&R ADVENTURES cover, I found another rejected Ventriloquist sketch, that I’d forgotten until I saw the art today. I really like this one. I wonder why it got turned down.
We move onto Unseen Batman And Robin Adventures #6
For reasons not worth going into, this issue required an eighteen page rewrite over a single weekend, and that required a sleepless 72 hours, and a clever, helpful wife to get the final script to the office that Monday morning. It’s about a newspaper tabloid that makes up a story about Batman firing Robin, and a dozen kids show up to audition for the job, one of whom gets kidnapped and held for ransom. With all the drama, it ended up one of my favorite issues of the run, and I always wanted to return to some of the “auditioning Robins” someday. Here are the proud, the strong, the rejected cover sketches:
I was going for a “Silver Age” type of image here…something that Carmine Infantino or Neal Adams would have drawn in 1968….That sweep of Batman’s cape as he exits towards the reader is a little like a Neal Adams cover of that period, where Batman tells Alfred to close up the Batcave…FOREVER!
And here’s the cover that was finally chosen:
Now, here’s how much of a knob I am. When I was drawing up the cover, I wanted to make sure the photograph of Batman and Robin looked as much like an image that was printed flat and lying on an angle, so I drew the image up properly, and figured out a grid that would allow me to transfer the image into perspective. Oh you kids today, and your Photoshop transform commands! Back in the day, we had to use our brains to do this stuff. Of course, I could have just freehanded it, but I mentioned; I’m a knob.
Enough looking at rejection and misspent youth! I have new drawings to get back to!
Ty the Guy OUT!
Here now, your bonus Unseen Batman Adventures Art: The sign I used to tape up over our TV screen when I was out of the house during Batman time, in case one of my roommates was tempted to change the channel.