Just saw this pop up online — It’s a Teen Titans variant cover I drew for DC comics in celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary. You can see more DC covers celebrating the Bat here.
This piece is actually a bit of a send-up to a previous DC cover I drew seven years ago. That cover was for the now defunct Teen Titans GO comic series, based on the Glen Murakami tv show ‘Teen Titans’ (now back on the air as Teen Titans GO). It was my first professional comics work ever for DC (or anyone else, for that matter) and I am still eternally grateful to DC comics and Mark Chiarello for giving me that first shot. It officially began my comics career, and I find myself both happy and proud to still be a part of this community I love so dear.
Originally launched in 1997, Batman: Black & White was an anthology in which DC Comics editor and art director Mark Chiarello got the best people he could find to draw and write new Batman stories with an emphasis on creative vision — particularly that of the artists, whose contributions were enhanced both by the Dark Knight’s compelling visual presence and the book’s colorless format. The first run proved to be an award-winning and influential hit, bringing readers the first Batman work of Jim Lee, inspiring DC Collectibles’ most popular line of statues, and leading to similarly tasteful, aesthetically sophisticated and critically acclaimed Chiarello-edited books like DC: The New Frontier, Solo, Wednesday Comics and Catwoman: Selina’s Big Score.
Then after the last Black & White short story was published as a backup in Batman: Gotham Knights, Chiarello readied an all-new volume of Batman: Black & White that’s basically the same deal but with different creators. As with the original, the new roster is a mix of the top artists of today and accomplished masters, including ComicsAlliance favorites like Joe Quinones, Sean Murphy, Neal Adams, Chris Samnee and Michael Cho, with covers by Marc Silvestri and Phil Noto. The book goes on sale this week but courtesy of DC, you can take an early look at some preview pages below.
Today issue 1 of DC’s new Batman Black and White series hits the stands! The book features work by some of my very favorite creators, including Michael Cho, Chip Kidd, Neal Adams, John Arcudi, Sean Murphy, Howard Mackie and Chris Samnee!
I also have a story in the issue, written by Maris Wicks and featuring a Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy-centric story. Above is a peek at one of the spreads from our contribution.
What may also be of note to you, Barnes and Noble is currently running a buy one baseball book, get one 50% off sale and The LA Times wrote about a bevy of new baseball books including a collection of Jackie Robinson’s newspaper columns, a look at baseball’s anti-trust exemption, and, of most interest to me, Edward Achorn’s “The Summer of Beer and Whiskey: How Brewers, Barkeeps, Rowdies, Immigrants, and a Wild Pennant Race Made Baseball America’s Game.”