It just so happens that I've been persuaded by three said book deals, and they all happened to be Bat-related.
|Kevin Nowlan (Batman)|
His inking is wonderful and I see that he's been accompanying Jose Garcia Lopez on recent BATMAN CONFIDENTIAL work and the Metal Men pages of WEDNESDAY COMICS? Is it overpowering the Don Jose? Perhaps. The JGL/ Nowlan work has a unique look- neither JGL nor Nowlan alone create those layouts with those shadows.
He loves comix and I think he even has a spot in his heart for Super Hero stuff, although I suspect it is the TIMELY and NATIONAL/DC stuff of 70 years ago. I grabbed two of his book, VERNACULAR DRAWINGS, and had him personalize them for my brother and I.
|Neal Adams (Batman)|
Neal's artwork is priced high. It's lovely stuff. It's rare, however, that I see something Bat from him that has screamed BUY ME! This year, Neal started doing profile commissions at cons. Then, he published a retrospective of his entire career- comics, animation, etc. THIS is the book I've been waiting for- something that will cover his strip work, the comics, and beyond.
Then I saw a wav movie of him doing a Batman profile in the book. It was perfect. Exactly the Batman from those BRAVE & BOLD issues. My brother wrangled a great two-fer deal and lo and behold: I now own a Neal Adams.