Updated on 16 October, 2021
Batman's world is known to us all, but few of us get to appreciate how diverse the Batman universe is. There is a Batman of Mexico, there is a Batman of Japan, and there is even a Batman of Belgium. There are tons of different Batman comic art depicted throughout the comic books, and that is what has allowed so many creators to put so much creativity into the Batman comics over the years. Without the variations of Batman throughout the pages of comics, the creative minds behind the comic books would not be able to fully create such an amazing world. Here are just a few of the Batman comic art illustrations that you might have heard about:
One of the most famous drawings of Batman that you will likely have seen is the one on the cover of "Darth Vader" by Frank Miller and Bob Kane. The image is of a heavily armed and armored Batman confronting a slowly advancing Darth Vader. It is important to note that both Batman and Vader are dressed in full black armor, and that their helmets feature a visor that is highly damaged. The piece is painted in a dreamlike environment, as it almost looks as if the characters are getting drawn in from a far distance.
Batman is introduced in the very first issue of Detective Comics #1. After arresting a criminal who wears a mask that resembles the Flying Bat symbol, Batman sets out to find the identity of the man wearing the mask. He does not succeed, but is sidetracked when the criminal escapes custody and engages Batman in a dogfight. Batman ends up narrowly losing his right hand before the fight is over, and he uses this stump as a makeshift sword. Two more issues follow, and the Bat-Signal is seen on numerous occasions throughout the series.
In the detective comics series, the Bat-Signal is featured prominently as well. It is featured as part of the logo for the superhero team called the Batman Family. One of the early members of this team is Robin, who uses the Bat-Signal as his primary weapon against criminals. The symbol is featured on various pieces of equipment designed for Batman's use, including his utility belt, boots, and cowl. The emblem appears on various items used by the heroes of the comic book world. Among them is the Bat mobile, which was featured in various different versions of the Dark Knight trailers.
Another important early example of the Batman logo comes from the Tim Burton film version of the Dark Knight. The mask on the left side of the poster is strikingly similar to the original Batman's. One of the signature features of the Batman franchise is the Bat-Signal, which is used to communicate with other members of the Batman Family. Although it is unclear when the symbol was first used, there are strong indications that it was adopted by the Bats after the death of Harvey Dent. This is evidenced by the fact that after the tragic death of the detective, Bruce Wayne made a promise to have a monument constructed in his honor, which can be seen at the top of the Bat Signal.
Two other early examples of Batman's logo appear in various Batman coloring books, both drawn by Todd Fisher. One of these is the Batman coloring book #1, which is published in January of 1992. The image shows a heavily damaged and bruised Batman holding his fist down while looking up at the sky. This print, which has never been officially released, is believed to be the inspiration for the later appearance of the Bat symbol on the Batman Dark Knight's helmet. Although it is not clear which character drew the picture, it is likely that the two had some sort of influence on one another.
Another early example of Batman Comic Art occurs in a story entitled Batman Beyond, written and illustrated by Greg Burris. In this tale, after the destruction of the city caused by the Joker, Batman ventures into the past to seek out the reason behind the attack. He discovers that the Joker had transformed into a new personality called the Riddler, who was responsible for the attack. As Batman leaves the scene, he sees his future self performing an act that would inspire the young Batman to fight crime once again. This scene from Batman Beyond is often featured on various award winning Batman coloring books.
In addition to the examples noted above, there is also a famous painting entitled Batman: Return of the Joker, which is featured in many of the Dark Knight comics. It depicts the Joker standing with his trademark chain, which was made popular by the actor portraying the Joker, Heath Ledger. Although it may seem unlikely, there is a strong chance that Ledger and Burris based the Joker's hairstyle and outfit on their real life selves. Both actors portray Joker in their early professional careers, and have discussed working with each other. Additionally, Ledger was a fan of Batman, and even appeared in a small role as a supporting character in the later Dark Knight film. Therefore, it would not be entirely out of place for the two to have created a Batman comic book related to each actor's particular characters.