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Peter Martin
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 8:18pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

my first real exposure to Batman was in black and white hardcover "annuals" that were published in England when I was a lad
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My first exposure to Batman was almost definitely the Adam West show -- or at least looking at slides from the Adam West film on a Viewfinder toy -- but my first real exposure to the comics version was also a B&W UK hardcover annual when I still but a mite.

This one was a reprint of a Denny O'Neil/Irv Novick story where the Joker poisons Batman with a chemical that causes him to laugh uncontrollably at horror and violence.

It introduced me to a classic mold of Batmans that DC was lucky to have portrayed by a remarkable succession of talented artists that includes Neil Adams, Irv Novick, Jim Aparo, Dick Giordano, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez... and also John Byrne.
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Dave Kopperman
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 8:51pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Texturing on that gargoyle is stunning.  What tool/method did you use, JB?
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Brad Brickley
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 9:12pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

This really is a wonderful Batman commission. Great job!
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Joe Smith
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 9:35pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

masterpiece after masterpiece from this guy.
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Flavio Sapha
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Texturing on that gargoyle is stunning. What tool/method did you use,
JB?
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Also my favorite aspect of this drawing! BTW, I am tempted to refer to
this one as The White Batman!
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Eric Smearman
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 10:03pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Oh, how I wish we could've had more than just one issue (beautiful as
it was) of John Byrne Batman inked by Jim Aparo! This piece definitely
puts me in mind of the first issue of UNTOLD LEGEND OF THE
BATMAN.
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Juan Jose Colin Arciniega
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 11:06pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Beautiful piece!
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Glenn Brown
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Nice one, John.  The way you rendered the cape as drapery is beautiful...and the background is to die for. 

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Texturing on that gargoyle is stunning. What tool/method did you use, JB?

PITT Brush pen, and a lot of patience.

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Jeff Priester
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Posted: 15 July 2012 at 7:30am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

What a gorgeous piece!

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Frank Leonard
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What I love most about your renditions, JB, is how you don't get into what I feel is the over rendering of characters. If there's one thing that makes a character distinctly JB's is his simplistic yet still detailed characterization. Every time I see an artist over render a character, with drawing every single muscle being flexed in a pose, makes me think that these characters are living in a world without Metamucil . . . Good job as always, JB!

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Neil Brauer
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Not to go on about the background (because as we know JB doesn't do backgrounds) but the depth of the window under the gargoyle is amazing.
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