Detective Comics #969

Jan 2018



Detective Comics

Cover art by Guillem March

Nice cover artwork from March, who seems to always have something more to offer than just the anatomy and the costume (his coloring is also unique). No disrespect to March's skill, but this piece is in the "heroes standing around waiting for something to do" mode of so many covers. Is this the decadent phase of superhero comics? A more vigorous era of comicdom would present the heroes doing something on the covers.

Interior artwork for Detective Comics #969 contains the bane of modern superhero books: too many unvarying talking heads, panel after panel, moving the story forward by long sections of dialogue in which we only look at faces. Why can't we see the room they're in as they chat? The outside of the building? The furnishings? Why can't they be doing something besides staring out at the reader (often with the same expression in each panel) as the text pours out, the heads pushed to the very border lines. Surely mood and a sense of the drama in the story could be communicated better by giving us a physical setting for the characters to exist within.

Interior art is by Joe Bennett and Sal Regla*, and it is certainly not all talking-heads:

Spoiler Kissing Tim Robin

Story credits on Detective Comics #969 is James Tynion IV

Spoiler Punching bad guys in the head

DC Comics lists the art for Detective Comics #969 by Raul Fernandez and Alvaro Martinez on the DC Comics' website. But the printed book has a different list.



Detective Comics:

Detective Comics - the first ever DC Comics title

Detective Comics - 1939 - Present

Detective Comics #1, March 1937 with Vin Sullivan Cover.

Detective Comics #27, 1939, First Batman Appearance

Detective Comics #32, Bob Kane Panel from 1939, 2nd Amendment Batman,

Detective Comics #38, April 1940, First Robin the Boy Wonder

Detective Comics #109, March 1946, Jack Burnley Cover Art

Detective Comics #289, March 1961, Moldoff Bat-Mite Cover

Detective Comics #369, November 1967, Gil Kane Art

Detective Comics #407, Neal Adams 1970

Detective Comics #418, 1971, Neal Adams

Detective Comics #426, Aug 1972, Kaluta"suicide" Cover

Detective Comics #434, 1973, Kaluta "Spook" cover

Detective Comics #437, Jim Aparo Page a 1973

Detective Comics #438, Dec 1973, Aparo Cover

Detective Comics #437, Jim Aparo Page b 1973

Detective Comics #442, Sept 1974, Jim Aparo Cover

Detective Comics #442, Sept 1974, Alex Toth Splash Page

Detective Comics #444, Jan 1975, Jim Aparo Cover

Detective Comics #444, Jan 1975, Jim Aparo Page 1

Detective Comics #444, Jan 1975, Jim Aparo Page 2

Detective Comics #444, Jan 1975, Jim Aparo Page 3

Detective Comics #445, April 1975, Batman escapes police capture

Detective Comics #445, March 1975 cover date

Detective Comics #446, April 1975 cover date

Detective Comics #447, May 1975 Cover by Dick Giordano

Detective Comics #448, June 1975, Jim Aparo cover

Detective Comics #448, June 1975, Ernie Chua (Ernie Chan)

Detective Comics #453, Nov 1975, Art by Ernie Chua

Detective Comics #457, March 1976, Giordano cover

Detective Comics #517, Aug 1982, Gene Colan 'vampire Batman'

Detective Comics #517, Aug 1982, Gene Colan 'vampire Batman' 2

Detective Comics #724, Brian Stelfreeze art, Aug 1998

Detective Comics #765, 2002 Cover by John McCrea

Detective Comics #765 artwork page by Cliff Chiang

Detective Comics #783, August 2003, Tim Sale Cover art

Detective Comics #805, 2005, Zach Howard "Batmud"

Detective Comics #805, Page 2, Zach Howard June 2005

Detective Comics #823, Nov 2006, Cover art Poison Ivy - Simone Bianchi

Detective Comics #823, Nov 2006, Joe Benitez Batman Page

Detective Comics #823, Nov 2006, Joe Benitez Poison Ivy Page

Detective Comics #823, Nov 2006, Joe Benitez Robin Page

Detective Comics #823, Nov 2006, Joe Benitez Harvest Page

Detective Comics #826, 2006, "Slayride" Story: Paul Dini

Detective Comics #827, 2007, Simone Bianchi Cover

Detective Comics #831: Harley Quinn by Paul Dini & Dan Kramer

Detective Comics #845, Aug 2008, Nguyen Catwoman cover

Detective Comics #845, Aug 2008, Catwoman page by Nguyen

Detective Comics #846, 2008, Dustin Nguyen Batman

Detective Comics #847, Oct 2008, Nguyen Cover art

Detective Comics #850, January 2009, Catwoman cover by Nguyen

Detective Comics #850, January 2009, Batcave & Batmobiles by Nguyen

Detective Comics #850, January 2009, Catwoman and Zatanna

Detective Comics #850, January 2009, Batman Splash page by Nguyen

Detective Comics #870, Dec 2010, 2-page Spread by Scott McDaniel

Detective Comics #870, Dec 2010, Guardian Bats by Scott McDaniel

Detective Comics #872 page by Jock.

Detective Comics #880 Cover featuring the Joker, art by Jock, 2011

Detective Comics #940, November 2016, Eddie Barrows art

Detective Comics #965, Nov 2017, Cover by Adriano Lucas

Detective Comics #969, Jan 2018, Cover by Guillem March

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Detective Comics #0, Nov 2012, Tony S. Daniel Cover

Detective Comics #2, Dec 2011, Cover Art - Tony Daniel

Detective Comics #2, Dec 2011, Bat-Cycle 2-page spread

Detective Comics #2, Dec 2011, Charlotte Rivers meets Bruce Wayne

Detective Comics #2, Dec 2011, Olivia fights Batman

Detective Comics #2, Dec 2011, Olivia fights Batman

Detective Comics #5, March 2012, Penguin & Batman

Detective Comics #6, April 2012, Charlotte Rivers & Batman

Detective Comics #10, August 2012, Review - Ed Benes art, Tony Daniel Story

Detecive Comics #13, Jan 2013, Jason Fabok Poison Ivy

Detective Comics #19, June 2013, Jason Fabok Batcave 2-page spread

Detective Comics #19, June 2013, Jason Fabok Batwoman art

Detective Comics #21, Aug 2013, Jason Fabok Penumbra cover

Detective Comics #26, Feb 2014, Jason Fabok Bat-Skull Art

Detective Comics #28, April 2014, 2 page spread by Lopresti



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