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Snark Blocker – The Greatest Cover That Never Was!

Back when I was doing the Top 75 Most Iconic DC Covers of All-Time, more than once I had someone suggest a certain Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson cover that is one of the most iconic Batman images of all-time.

The thing is – it’s not a cover! It was a pin-up!

The actual pin-up is a bit tough to find out there on the interwebs, so I thought I’d share it with you all right here, because I love you all and I like to block your snark.

So enjoy, from Detective Comics #352, by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson, here’s Batman and Robin!


Click to enlarge!


A great snark blocker to expand on this one you can do someday (if you haven’t already) is try to track down all the homages to this pin-up that you can. This gem has been homaged so many times, and it would be cool to see all of them in one place.

John Lewis, Jr.

April 29, 2010 at 6:24 am

As a kid a had this big telephone book like collection of Golden Age Batman stories, all in black and white. A friend of the family gave it to me. It was pretty great.

And that was the cover.

Such a great iconic image.

i remember when i first saw the image how how i thought it was interesting for robin looks ready to pounce and batman always the solider a cool choice to block snark

Infantino hates to draw feet!

Just kidding! What a cool pin-up. very iconic and very expressive of it’s era.

Captain Doctor Master

April 29, 2010 at 7:13 am

That is a great image. Thank you for posting it.

But what is a snark blocker? What is a snark?

kaleb the hammer

April 29, 2010 at 7:40 am

It was the cover to Batman From the 30’s to the 70’s hardcover released in 1971 or ’72. Not a comic cover, true, but a cover nonetheless.

Wasn’t this pose also used for one of the plastic model kits from the 60’s or 70’s?

Of course, this is also the cover of Showcase Presents: Robin, the Boy Wonder from a couple of years ago … with Batman erased. To say the resulting image looks somewhat odd is an understatement.

I think this was used as the dustcover for “Batman From the ’30’s to the ’70’s” it was that telephone book sized collection of classic stories. I got it for my birthday and wore the dustcover out. I’ve read that a million times! The cover is a bright yellow, like the background of the Bat-shield insignia with a black spine. Mines all dirty and the pages are almost all pretty loose…

That is such a cool image! I would love to see a collection of homage images…

Richard, I had the same vague recollection that this was either a plastic model or the ad for the plastic model.

A Snark is an evil reptilian alien that fought the Power Pack.

And sometimes a Snark is a Boojum, which is very bad. I suppose that’s why the Snarks need to be blocked.

The only Batman model I recall was him hanging by one hand from a gnarled tree, ready to throw a batarang.

But this image was used over and over for ads and toy packages and such.

"O" the Humanatee!

April 29, 2010 at 1:41 pm

An altered version of the image was used for the cover of Signet Books’ 1966 paperback Batman: All of the drawing was edited out except the two figures and the background moon, now with an outline around it. Batman’s figure was tilted forward and his legs altered, presumably to give a more dynamic effect.

The best image I could find on a quick Googling was http://tinyurl.com/2fzzugt.

Peter Woodhouse

April 29, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Yes, you’re all right about “From the 30s to the 70s” book and the models. There were plenty of model ads on the back of 60s DCs with that pose. “From the 30s to the 70s” was ace – my brother had one. I bought the Superman version off ebay recently for about £3.
Infantino/Anderson also did a poster in a “Batman” around the same time – about #184 I think.

For T.: Here’s a list (I don’t claim it’s definitive– there are probably more):

Action Comics Weekly #618 (Bogdanove)
Batman & Robin Adventures #8 (Burchett)
Captain Atom #33 (Broderick)
Robin/Argent Double Shot #1 (Land/Marzan)
Simpsons #31 (Groening/Morrison)

Wasn’t one of the All-Star Batman and Robin covers or preliminary pieces based on this?

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