Here’s the original version of Batman #47, by Batman co-creator Bob Kane and inker Charles Paris, for one of the major expansions of Batman’s origin by writer and frequently overlooked Batman co-creator Bill Finger.
This scene is my favorite moment in any story ever, but it’s often missed in retellings of Batman’s origin. In the original tale, a little boy dedicates his life to using all of his abilities to help everyone he can. To my mind, Batman doesn’t work without the mission beginning here, when Bruce is still a child, shortly after his parents’ deaths. It’s an eight-year-old’s response to the tragic crime that broke his world.
What I needed was a superhero, so I shall become a superhero for everyone else.
I took some liberties with the arrangement of elements, placing the background props in the Batcave, altered the newspaper headline to include both Waynes together, and nixed the cover logos in favor of an more illustrative feel. I also decided to show young Bruce about a minute later than he appeared on the original cover, rising from his despair with steely resolve to save everyone everywhere from everything.
UPDATE: I’ve entered my interpretation of Batman #47 into the DC Chess Collection cover recreation contest. If you dig it, you can vote for it to win here.
It’s simple. We eat the batman.
Next years halloween costume?
thats exactly what I was thinking. Maybe if I hit the gym..you know…more then once a century.
#fuck off dick you are so unhelpful oh my god use the batarang to get this fucking shark off my LEG or something or i swear to god i will leave you at home next time you think i’m joking but i’m not. my parents are DEAD dick they’re DEAD my parents didn’t die just so that i could have my fucking leg eaten by a fucking shark while some asshat fanboy hilariously misnames sea creatures fuck you
#fuck you batman I’m looking for the damn shark repellent okay you will have it in literally three seconds for fucks sake stop being an asshole for one second and remember MY PARENTS ARE DEAD TOO, YOU’RE NOT SPECIAL, BRUCE and my parents didn’t pass on their amazingly badass acrobat skills just so some spoilt crazy billionaire could be a dillhole obviously it was a shark it’s called artistic license, so shut the fuck up, Bruce, AT LEAST I TRY TO FIND SOMETHING TO SMILE ABOUT, mister still-cries-himself-to-sleep, okay? AT LEAST I FUCKING TRY
‘Batman’s gonna be unhappy when he sees how you’ve been treating his guests. And you don’t wanna see Batman unhappy.’
-Static Shock/Batman Beyond, Future Shock, 4.01
I must watch this! I FORGOT ABOUT THIS CROSSOVER. HOW COULD I BE SO STUPID.
More Lady Two-Face shots, including the elusive full-body photo! See, I painted my foot, too!
Photos by Leonard Lee
I don’t post a lot of comic cosplay stuff on this blog, but this deserves to be seen.
Batman has taken a Motherbox apart and put it back together.
He’s also been considered for membership of two of the most powerful organizations in the universe (The Green Lantern Corps/Sinestro Corps).
He also made his way back to the present from the dawn of time itself, single-handedly killed Darkseid (A GOD), and defeated practically a whole planet of Predators.
I’m pretty sure Batman ain’t got shit to worry about.