|Batman Odyssey #1 (2010)|
|Interior art, BATMAN ODYSSEY #1|
Now, there has been much said about BATMAN ODYSSEY the story (my favorite is here), but not so much about Neal’s re-design of the Batman Universe. Whereas Neal was not the first artist to propose using real-world sports cars as a Batmobile in the Seventies, his was the best, using a C3 Corvette with a stylized hood. IN BATMAN ODYSSEY, Neal revisits his 40-year old Batmobile with some contemporary upgrades.
Gull-wing doors, bat-stylized hood vent, and a (shudder) rear spoiler.
He makes it fly.
|The Flying Batmobile (2010)|
|The Flying Porsche of Nick Fury|
Neal clearly based his Flying Batmobile from Kirby’s S.H.I.E.L.D. flying Porsche 911, merging his original Corvette Batmobile with some additional features. Thus, our first stop is the Hobby Shoppe for a quick grab of a C3 ‘Vette.
The initial build is all basics: transmission, engine and interior cockpit. Whereas the kit calls for attaching the wheels onto spokes, we sand off the edges to allow for removal during the later transformations.
|The modified Corvette Stingray Batmobile!|
|Modified headlights, hood intake|
The most labor-intensive work for the car body was the hood, which required the original air scoop sanded down and the bat-hood created out of sheet styrene. The model came with the optional hardtop, which was featured in BATMAN ODYSSEY.
|Door panels modified for gull wing, hard top option|
The kit came with chrome finishing features, which were applied. A decal was created to suggest the new headlamps.
All that was left was to make it fly.
|Hard top option, with rear spoiler- look at that sag!|
TO BE CONCLUDED