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Michael Arndt
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 1:20pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Absolutely outstanding.
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Thomas Moudry
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 1:55pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Love the angle!!!
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Rick Shepherd
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 2:08pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

JB: Have I ever mentioned how much of a kick I get out of a simple phrase like that? And I don't mean the praise -- for which, much thanks! -- but the fact that there is such a thing as "my" Batman. That there are people who can make an association in their minds between my favorite character* and me!


Oh, sure! And the best bit is that, like with an 'Adams Batman', or an 'Aparo Batman', it's safe to say that with a 'Byrne Batman', the viewer gets something clearly JB in style, yet also 'THE' Batman, the same iconic character you'll see in a picture by Neal and the other 'mighty handful' of great Batman artists.

Of course, anyone who's read or owns 'Man of Steel #3' already knows that...:


See - I think 'Byrne' and 'Batman', and that's the image that pops into my head. Or even better, just 'Batman' can do it, too!

Fantastic commission - now my poor, empty wallet's developed a mysterious dull ache...

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Clint Ludwick
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 2:14pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

That is without a doubt...the best Batman i have ever seen.
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Wallace Sellars
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 2:20pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

I love the small touches. The windows that are not lit up still have the bars
drawn over them. Very cool.

I also dig the way JB puts "something" in a number of the windows.
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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 2:29pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply

Love it. I'm one that usually prefers when the cape and cowl is inked black,
but the "blue" version is really presented well here, and is a great contrast
with the background. My favorite part next to the beautifully-textured
gargoyle is the shadow that forms behind the scalloped cape in the lower-

I consider the "Byrne Batman" as being a mixture of Adams and Aparo with
the added element of style with angles and curves that JB excels at -
honestly, I don't recall any other artist giving Batman the scalloped cape like
that - so that's probably one of the most distinctive features he gives him.

I'm not really even a DC or Batman fan, but the fact that I wanted his
Batman in my commissions should be considered a heck of a compliment!

(BTW it thrills me that when you search Google Image Search for "John Byrne
Batman", one of my commissions is still the first entry shown!)
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Matthew Hansel
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 3:03pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Somewhere, Jim Aparo is smiling.

Bravo, JB!

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Dave Aikins
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 3:09pm | IP Logged | 8 post reply

dang, that is cool! Love the buildings as much as Batman!
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Ron Sluyter
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Joined: 30 June 2012
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 3:20pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

I really like the gargoyle, very slick.  I have always wondered if there is a reference you use for the gargoyle's or make them up yourself ?
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Rich Marzullo
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 3:22pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Fantastic piece! It would make for a sweet poster.
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Valmor J. Pedretti
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 3:26pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I have huge soft spot for the Batman JB did on "Legends"!
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Ari Shapiro
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Posted: 14 July 2012 at 3:27pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Really nice piece!!  Can't go wrong with a Byrne batman. That's for sure!  And what an impressive gargoyle!  we've seen JB do some stellar gargoyles (not just in batman conmissions either--also in daredevil, nightwing, batgirl, etc). Congrats to the owner!  You have yourself an amazing piece of art!

Edited by Ari Shapiro on 14 July 2012 at 3:44pm
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