The Batman: The Golden Age cover that wasn't


In May 2019, I was assigned (way in advance!) the BTGA Vol 7 cover, an absolute dream gig. The hardest part was deciding whether to do a Dick Sprang or Jerry Robinson riff- I love 'em both so much- but Sprang's bonkers "The Year 3,000" from Batman 26 ended up being the obvious choice. The story features (spoilers!) a descendant of Batman fighting EVIL ROBOTS IN SPACE.

Months after I turned the job in, my editor (the awesome Alex Galer) left DC, the collected edition folks started using vintage art on the covers, and... this'll never see print. 

Anyway,  here's some process. Initial sketches were done in the Procreate for iPad, final art on 13 x 19" Strathmore 500 w/ brush, nib and markers, with Photoshop color. 




Thumbnail


Color rough

Inks!


And as it would have printed, more or less. 







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