Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Batman #232 - Neal Adams art (1st Ra's Al Ghul)

Batman v1 #232 dc comic book page art by Neal Adams
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. 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 = ***
"Daughter Of The Demon" Adams story pencils (Dick Giordano inks) 22 pages = ***
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2 comments to date:

Gam Fritts said...

Adams--along with the underrated Irv Novick--was one of the great transitional artists for Batman, making a surprisingly easy move from the flash of Carmine Infantino's historic "New Look" revolution. From Batman's mask changes, to Robin's longer hair (and longer capes for both), Adams Batman was ready for the darker years to come. The swinging sixties really faded away.

Teddy I @ Pencil Ink said...

Well said.

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