Batman v1 #232, 1971 - Ras Al Ghul makes his first appearance, establishing himself as one of Batman's most fascinating foes. Neal Adams' cover depicts him in pencil, creating a powerfully omniscient image. Inside, both Robin and Ras Al Ghul's daughter are kidnapped and a worldwide hunt for them ensues. Traveling to Calcutta, India and Tibet, Adams beautifully captures and contrasts the settings. The splash on page 12 suggests the vastness of the Himalayas while a face is not-so-subtlely embedded in the mountainous background. There are too many finely rendered scenes to mention, including a brief recap of Batman and Robin's respective origins. This story was later reprinted in Limited Collectors' Edition #C-51 and Best of DC #51. See today's posts or more Adams or Batman issues. See also this blog's Adams checklist or Top 10 Adams comics. - - - - - - - - - - Adams cover pencils and inks = *** "Daughter Of The Demon" Adams story pencils (Dick Giordano inks) 22 pages = *** - - - - - - - - - -
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