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Some highlights from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Gallery, published by DC Comics, 1996. Pin-ups by:

Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding

Eduardo Barreto

Walter Simonson

John Byrne and Walter Simonson

Tom Mandrake

Steve Crespo and Rudy Nebres

Jim Calafiore and John Dell

J.H. Williams III and Mick Gray

Sal Velluto and Mark McKenna

Mitch O’Connell and Rick Taylor

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Original sketch covers by some of the industry’s leading artists on copies of Joe Kubert’s Tarzan of the Apes: Artist’s Edition, published by DC Comics, 2012. These were recently donated and sold at auction to raise money for the Kubert School of Cartooning. (Part 1 of 2)

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December 7th is the birthday of Harvey Dent, more infamously known as Two-Face.   (I always thought he would be a Gemini.) Happy Birthday, Harvey!

Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, Two-Face first appeared in Detective Comics v.1 #66 in August 1942.

District Attorney Harvey Dent had the left side of his face disfigured by acid thrown at him by Salvatore “Boss” Moroni.  After his disfigurement, Dent had a mental breakdown and became the notorious villain, Two-Face.  Two-Face’s criminal activities often involve the number “two”.  Two-Face employs a double-sided coin, with one of the faces crossed out, in much of his decision-making.  The unmarked side represents “good” and the scarred side representing “evil”.

Harvey Dent was portrayed on film by Billy Dee Williams in Batman (1988) and Lego Batman (2017), Tommy Lee Jones in Batman Forever (1995), and Aaron Eckhart in The Dark Knight (2008).

These comics (and many more) are part of the DuGarm Collection at the University of Iowa: Special Collections.

Batman v.1 #398 (August 1986), cover by Tom Mandrake

Batman & Robin Adventures  #2 (December 1995), cover by Ty Templeton

Batman v.1 #397 (July 1986), cover by Tom Mandrake

Justice League of America v.1 #125 (December 1975), cover by Ernie Chan

Detective Comics v.1 #581 (December 1987), cover by Jim Baikie

Batman v.1 #346 (April 1982), cover by Rich Buckler 

Batman: Two-Face Strikes Twice!  Book One Part Two (November 1993), flip cover by Daerick Gross

Batman: Two-Face Strikes Twice!  Book Two Part One (December 1993), cover by Dick Sprang  

Batman v.1 #314 (August 1979), cover by José Luis García-López

Teen Titans v.1 #48 (June 1977), cover by Rich Buckler