Note: Taking a page from a bygone era, Henrik Sahlstrom has taken the costumed characters of Gotham City squarely into the realm of noir. Some of the designs go a little bit to far afield of the characters’ inherent identifiers, all-and-all it’s a wonderful concept that I’d love to see expanded on. – Chris A.
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Note: Elseworlds design or some lost relative of Bruce Wayne? Either way, this medieval redesign of Batman by Tom Edwards got Dean and I talking when we discvovered it. I love the loose-ness of the helmet, and those shoulder-pieces with the small gargoyles hanging off the end? Wow. – Chris A.
Note: P:R is lucky to have the artists we have contributing art to run on our site, and one of our favorites is artist Ron Salas. Salas’ Aquaman got high marks by everyone here during our Aquaman: Sea Change contest, and we’ve featured him several times since. Ron’s also been gracious enough to talk at our annual panels at HeroesCon in Charlotte, and we look forwars to him doing more here and in comics soon. Here’s the pieces we’ve featured of his in the past. – Chris A.
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Note: Reminscient of Chip Kidd’s design work on Batman as well as Dan Brereton’ s interpretations, this redesign of Batman by Sarah Partington boldly takes on the highly-revered Batman logo and expands on it — literally — in this great piece. While the spikes coming out of the wristbands might need to be diminished somwhat as an in-continuity piece, all-in-all this is a great piece of work. – Chris A.
Note: You have to be of a certain age to get this particular collection, but if you are it’ll hit like a ton of bricks. Artist Karl Heitmueller Jr. has taken the iconic Ben Cooper superhero Halloween costumes and put them on the actual heroes they represent. Some are a mixture of various iterations of the hero’s Ben Cooper gear, while others are all from the classic. While I wouldn’t recommend actual heroes going out in these get-ups, these hit just the right amount of fun, nostalgia, and great illustration skill to make it a shoe-in for a P:R post. – Chris A.
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Note: Mike McKone has drawn some of my favorite superhero books, but after seeing this Batman commission by McKone I can only say — where can I get more of this? This dapper Dark Knight has the poise that befits the classic character but with some extra sense of style. I like the looser utility belt, and the button up shirt (with matching buttoned shoes) it really works for me. – Chris A.
Note: This piece is a little old, but it’s new to me — and I imagine many of you. Video game artist Adam Fisher loves Batman, and loves Mass Effect – so what else can he do but try to put the Dark Knight into that world? Created for the 2011 Comicon Challenge contest, this design really blends both worlds together with Fisher thinking of absolutely everything. – Chris A.
Note: When people ask who Batman is, most people jump up and say ‘Bruce Wayne;’ I was in that camp as well, but after the great time Dick Grayson had in the role I have some apprehension when saying who Batman is anymore. Anyway, artist Ron Salas has revealed this great redesign of Batman as if Grayson was under the mask. I like how the bat-symbol here echoes Grayson’s previous guise of Nightwing, and those eyes and more ear-like ears are pretty haunting. – Chris A.
Here’s what Salas said about the design:
This is essentially a costume that I think Dick Grayson would wear if ever Bruce really did meet his end. It started because it bugged me that Batman’s costumes lately sported big-eyed masks like Spider-man. I wanted to build a design that sported tiny eyes and big ears that would give Dick a kind of “radar sense” if you will. Helmet is armored and so are his arm braces. The rest of his costume is made of a highly durable fabric that is slightly resistant to temperatures, fire, knives, and bullets. The gloves and “boots” have clawed toes to more efficiently scale tall structures and improve fighting capability. These are retractable. The cape is shorter, starting from his shoulders and ending at his calves. It is split down the middle as in Batman Year 100. It is also made of highly durable fabric.
Note: Through the waxing and waning of Batman in comics, the animated Batman has somehow remained top notch series since the early 1990s. And this summer’s debut of Beware The Batman showed a new take on Batman & his ensemble of characters that leans far from the Bruce Timm designs that’ve been used for so long. Character designer Shane Glines is one of the ones responsible, and he recently began showing off his character sketches on Facebook including these gems of Batman and the villainess Magpie. Go to his Facebook page for more! – Chris A.
Note: Years before he took on the JLA with Grant Morrison, artist Frank Quitely took them on first in this stunning wild west rendition of the team for a booklet published by the 1997 United Kingdom Comic Art Convention. Behold. – Chris A.