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classic Detective Comics #31 tribute cover by Adams; hanging panels (12/70)
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classic Detective Comics #31 tribute cover by Adams; hanging panels (12/70)Always an avid student of the history of comics, Neal Adams used his unprecedented fame during the early 1970s to draw attention to the neglected giants of the industry, both by actively lobbying for the Big Two to finally give these legends their due, and by paying artistic tribute to the grand classics of the Golden Age of comics. This is likely his most memorable tribute to the heyday of superhero comics, his justly famous homage to the legendary cover of Detective Comics #31, probably the most famous Golden Age Batman cover after #27. Taking the dark, gothic atmosphere of the original image and pairing it with his deft, photorealistic style, Adams manages to take a perfect cover and make it even more extraordinary, matching the brooding mood of the source image with a then-contemporary "dark romance" style perfectly suited to the feel of the book's recent pulpy revamp. One of the top three covers by arguably the finest cover artist of the 1970s, and an issue that is instantly snapped up by Adams fanatics every time it comes to market.
Richard "Dick" Giordano was an American comics artist and editor whose long and prosperous career included introducing Charlton Comics' "Action Heroes" stable of superheroes and serving as executive editor of DC Comics. He worked on a wide range of titles over the years, including Batman, Green Lantern/Green Arrow, Teen Titans, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Action Comics among countless others. His style was very much in the Neal Adams mold, making him a popular go-to artist in the 70s and 80s.
Irv Novick was an artist and inker for DC Comics. During the 1950s and 60s he often collaborated with friend and editor Robert Kanigher on DC's various war-related titles such as G.I. Combat and Our Fighting Forces.