Thursday, December 21, 2006

Batman #9

Here's another iconic cover from the great Jack Burnley, from February-March, 1942. Burnley was great at composing covers, making sure that the action was dynamic enough to capture the reader's attention. He didn't do a whole lot of interior art in Batman or Superman, although he did draw the daily Superman newspaper strip for quite a while. He had a unique style that was much more developed than a lot of the artists of the time. That had to do with his prior newspaper experience. A lot of the artists doing comics at the time were kids just starting out. Burnley had several years under his belt and his art definitely had a more polished look to it. Alex Ross did a version of this cover as a painting a while back which was beautiful but nothing captures the feel of the times like the original. Burnley was truly one of a kind.

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