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Knowledge Waits: George Perez Batman Illustrations

This is the latest in a feature where I just share some bit of comic book history that interests me. Here is a collection of all of the installments in the feature so far.

Back in 1990, George Perez did a portfolio of Batman illustrations. Most of them were covers he did for Batman and New Titans for first Batman: Year Three and then Lonely Place of Dying (the introduction of Tim Drake as Robin). However, three of the illustrations were never published otherwise. Read on to see these gorgeous pieces!

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EDITED TO ADD: It appears that colorist Drew B. Moore (who has done a number of coloring work on restorations for DC Comics, including the DC Comics archive editions of Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s New Teen Titans) colored a version of the Joker piece for one of his own portfolios…

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10 Comments

Beautiful work there!

I feel like I’ve seen that third one on a cover before. Not with the cityscape, though. Maybe on a trade?

I thought for sure that third one was from the “Lonely Place of Dying” TPB, but it looks like they repositioned the figures and lost the cityscape.

I snatched that portfolio up as soon as I found it. Great stuff.

Just lovely. Perez is the best Batman artist that never drew Batman, if that makes any sense.

I love George Perez’s artwork. An odd question… Is that supposed to be a face in the middle of the trees in Plate Eleven?

There are two faces in the trees. Batman on the left, Robin in the middle.

Gonna be honest, that weirded me out when I noticed it. Looked like Swamp Thing was stalking them.

Otherwise, that’s spectacular stuff. The sandbag faces on the balloon tickle me, especially. They look like some of the expressions Cesar Romero used to pull, in that role.

wasn’t the 3rd one used as advertisement for lonely place ? (or used as cover for a tpb as mentioned above)

Were those three images supposed to be published but were later rejected, or were they intended from the beginning to be exclusive illustrations for the portfolio?

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