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COMIC LEGEND: Jeph Loeb was originally going to do All-Star Batman and Robin with Jim Lee and Art Adams.
All Star Batman and Robin was an ill-fated comic book series by Frank Miller and Jim Lee that helped launch DC’s short-lived “All Star” line of books.
However, did you know that originally, the book was intended to be a Hush reunion between Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee?
In a 2009 issue of Wizard, Loeb spoke of projects of his that never got made:
I was supposed to do All Star Batman and Robin with Jim Lee, but I left for Marvel, and DC wasn’t to keen on me continuing even though Marvel was okay with it. But, hey, they got Frank Miller in the end! I know that Jim and I will go back to Batman one day; “Hush 2″ is still in the cards! What nobody knows is that Art Adams was going to do the second ASBR arc, and I started that as well. Full script-issue #11(crazy, huh?) and Arthur drew half of the book-outrageously beautiful stuff featuring Man-Bat. It’ll never see the light of day!
Never say never, Jeph, because just last year, Art Adams released the pages that he completed on to his Facebook page!
This is how Loeb often would work on a project, working ahead of time to give the artist he was working with (who often tended to be a top-notch, but slow, artist) time to get it finished in time. But when the project was squelched, those pages were lost. Until Adams shared them with us all!
Here are some samples…
Damn, that would have been COOL.
Be sure to check out the full collection of pages at Adams’ Facebook fan page above!
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