|Title: Detective Comics #397 Batman Art by Neal Adams||Number:|
|Type: Original Art||Page Color:||Publisher Date: DC, 1970||Price: $5,500.00|
Historic original artwork page 5 from Detective Comics #397 (DC, 1970) by the living legend himself, Neal Adams (pencils and inks) and Dick Giordano (inks). This piece is from the exceptional story line entitled, "Paint a Picture of Peril!", by Denny O'Neil and depicts Bruce Wayne attending a wound he received the evening before while taking a group of frogmen who shot him with a spear gun. The TV broadcast foreshadows the coming conflict between Batman and the mysterious recluse Orson Payne (most likely a nod by the writer to Orson Wells in his most famous role as Charles Foster Kane, in Citizen Kane).
At this time in the very early 1970's, Neal Adams was a young artist of extraordinary talent and extraordinary vision who harbored the unorthodox idea of returning Batman back to the night, just as Bob Kane and Bill Finger had originally envisioned the character way, way back in May of 1939. Adam's dramatic and realistic illustrative style was absolutely perfect for the dread Batman, and Denny O'Neil was soon hired on to script the stories. These two super-talents were ideal to bring Batman back to his roots - the grim glory of his inception and the gritty reality of the mean streets of Gotham City. O'Neil and Adams literally made history here, cementing their legends in the Batman mythos with unforgettable stories of such magnitude and influence, that they are celebrated to this very day.
Kane and Finger created Batman, but Neal Adams saved Batman from the doldrums of apathetic extinction - the right man at the right time!
This exceptional piece represents Neal Adams in his prime. And, to own a Batman/ Detective Comics page of original artwork by Adams is to own a piece of comic book history. This unforgettable thrilling tale was also reprinted in the Treasury size Collector's Limited Edition C-59, "Batman's Strangest Cases" (DC, 1978).
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