Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #173
COMIC URBAN LEGEND: Most of the famous early Batman drawings by Bob Kane consisted of swipes of other artists.
This seems to come up often, but my idea of what is known seems to basically bear little resemblance to what the general consensus is, so you’ll get stuff like me casually making reference to the fact that much of Batman’s early appearances were Bob Kane swipes.
Reader Kid Kyoto quite rightfully asks:
Hmm? Has this already been featured? I’d like to hear more.
He’s right, this SHOULD have been featured, so here ya go!
Two notable sources have existed to point out early Kane swipes, and Robby Reed on the great Dial B For Blog collected both of them, Arlen Schumer (in Comic Book Artist #5) and DSK of the amazing historical resource, The Vallely Archives, a site devoted to the re-discovery of the work of Henry Vallely, a popular artist of the first half of the 20th century.
Schumer points out this Alex Raymond swipe that made up the Batman figure on the cover of Detective Comics #27.
DSK points out this Hal Foster swipe (DSK thought it was Vallely at first, but then discovered the original drawing was Foster, instead).
DSK then points out the following Vallely swipes (more at DSK’s website)…
Robby Reed points out some more on Dial B for Blog here.
Pretty amazing stuff, no?
And this is only what’s been FOUND!
There’s a very good chance that more swipes were done but just have not been found yet.
Okay, thanks to Kid Kyoto for reminding me to do this, Robby Reed for the excellent collection of information and Arlen Schumer (and Comic Book Artist) and DSK for all their research!