Sunday, October 28, 2012

Batman #251 - Neal Adams art & cover

Batman v1 #251 dc comic book cover art by Neal AdamsBatman v1 #251 dc comic book page art by Neal Adams
Batman v1 #251, 1973
- Considered a masterpiece by many, "The Joker's Five-Way Revenge" has been reprinted numerous times over the decades. When the Joker escapes from a mental hospital, the Batman must stop his killing spree. Neal Adams' classic cover of a monolithic Joker leads into a remarkable opening splash. The villain's maniacal face appears through the torrent of a rain-splattered windshield. Subsequently, as the Batman locates the Joker's old henchmen, the artist takes great care in portraying each character and setting. The inevitable showdown takes place in an abandoned aquarium, where Adams brilliantly uses a great white shark as metaphor (see interior page above). On page 21, a full page portrait of Batman in pursuit has become one of his most iconic renditions. Not only is this Adams' best Batman story, but arguably the finest Joker tale to date. See today's posts or more Adams or Batman issues See also this blog's Adams checklist or Top 10 Adams comics.
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Adams cover pencils and inks = ***
"The Joker's Five-Way Revenge"
Adams story pencils and inks 23 pages = *****
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2 comments to date:

Rockett Davey said...

Masterpiece Indeed
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Tim van de Vall said...

I love that 70s style Batman. I think this cover is actually a poster you can buy too.

Great site, I enjoy reading your reviews