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Batman #244 - Neal Adams art & cover

Batman v1 #244 dc comic book cover art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams
Batman v1 #244, 1972 - Ras Al Ghul stands victorious over the Batman on this breathtaking Neal Adams cover. The opening splash page is fairly quiet but the action ramps up quickly. Continuing the storyline from the previous issue, the antagonist unexpectedly attacks the Batman's team of civilians, quickly dispatching them. Adams again shows his skill in depicting exotic settings, shifting midstream from the Swiss Alps to a Middle Eastern desert. The final duel between Batman and Ras is relatively short, followed by a beautifully drawn concluding sequence. Other artists in this issue include Irv Novick. This story was later reprinted in Limited Collectors' Edition #C-51.
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Adams cover pencils and inks = *****
"The Demon Lives Again"
Adams story pencils (Dick Giordano inks) 16 pages = ***

Batman v1 #244 dc comic book page art by Neal Adams
Neal Adams
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  1. I believe this is the single greatest issue of BATMAN ever published---even though the Ra's al Ghul concept and original story arc owe more than a little to the 1969 James Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service." Come to think of it, even Neal Adams' interpretation of Bruce Wayne looked a bit like actor George Lazenby. Hmmm....

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