Continuing my look at comics displayed in my art studio.
BATMAN #14 is probably my favorite Batman cover of all time for purely sentimental reasons. Not only was it the first comic produced during World War II that I ever saw, it was also the first one I ever owned. Cover is by the amazing Jerry Robinson who was Batman Co-Creator Bob Kane’s first assistant.
Many years ago I was a guest at a comic con in White Plains New York. It was called the OLD TIME CLASSIC SHOW or something like that because nearly every creator in attendance was a legendary creator from the early days of comic books. Nearly because there were a few of us young bucks in attendance.
Inside this particular issue is the story THE CASE BATMAN FAILED TO SOLVE— in that Batman is called to a Detective Convention where he attempts to solve a crime along with the likes of Charlie Chan and Nick and Nora Charles. As someone who is also a mystery novel buff this was a dream team for me. The splash page for the story was really striking too.
Jerry Robinson was at this show too, and I was determined to get him to autograph a copy of the page I had made up for me. The trouble was because all of these “old timers” weren’t doing art commissions for the show it fell to us young bucks to fill the requests, so I was so busy sketching that I barely had time to get around.
I was obnoxiously telling all the artist friends around me how I had to get Jerry to sign this for me so when he finally came walking down our row the entire aisle started shouting to me that Jerry was in the house! It was great!
I had him sign it and I was surprised to learn that we not only shared many of the same haunts in New York City but also in Truro Massachusetts.