12 DAYS OF THE BATMAN! DAY 2: TWO-FACE

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For the second day of 12 Days of the Batman, who else but Two-Face?

A gangster threw acid in the face of crusading district attorney Harvey Dent, horribly scarring his left side. This fractured the psyche of the already-troubled Dent (who was called Harvey Kent in his first appearance). As Two-Face he committed crimes when he flipped his double-headed dollar coin, also scarred on one side, and it landed bad-side-up. Batman is haunted by his inability to save the man who was once his friend.

My version of Two-Face is informed by his portrayal on BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, where he not only looked great, but was voiced perfectly by actor Richard Moll. In reality, Moll stands an imposing 6’8″ and sounds like it. As a result, I picture Two-Face big- Frankensteinian– bigger and stronger than Batman himself. I also wanted his unscarred half to look dead-eyed and vacant, no longer a participant in his own actions.

My friend PJ Shapiro wrote a song about Two-Face which reference BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, Grant Morrison and Dave McKean’s ARKHAM ASYLUM: A SERIOUS HOUSE ON A SERIOUS EARTH, and still manages to work in the phrase “Manichean lapdog.” It’s called E. Pluribus H. Dent. Listen to it here.

Two-Face was also created by Bob Kane and an uncredited Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson in 1942’s DETECTIVE COMICS #66

The curious should return tomorrow for the third installment of 12 Days of the Batman!

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12 DAYS OF THE BATMAN! DAY 1: BATMAN

I’m celebrating this holiday season with vengeance, the night… The Batman!

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For the next twelve days- counting down to Christmas- I’ll be presenting a mini-bust of a different Batman character every day.

We begin with the Dark Knight himself:

There are people who insist Batman never smiles. I think he does sometimes. And when he does, ┬áit’s probably very scary.

Edited to add: Batman was created by Bob Kane (artist) and an uncredited Bill Finger for 1939’s DETECTIVE COMICS #27.

I hope you’ll visit tomorrow for the second installment of 12 Days of the Batman!

Dark Knight Animated-Style Maquette

I’m posting an older piece until some of the (exciting!) new work is ready to display.

Frank Miller’s version of Batman by way of animator Bruce Timm. Created as a companion piece to the Warner Bros. Studio Store Batman: The Animated Series maquette, this version of the character appeared on the episode Legends of the Dark Knight. Turnaround designs were in Paul Dini and Chip Kidd’s great book Batman Animated.

More (newer!) work will be posted very soon.