If you were to look back on the Batman comics and all the stellar artists who have given their own personal touches to the caped crusader, you would see he has a laundry list of some of the most talented people in the industry at his back. From Jim Lee to Tim Sale, every artist had their own style to Batman, and no one was any better or worse than the other. Some made Batman darker, more ripped, angrier. Some made him look more like a character, bigger and larger than life. And even some chose to stick with his golden age roots and keep him campy and classy. The wonderful thing is, there is no right or wrong. It all comes down to YOUR favorite visual representation of the hero.
Kotaku assembled a great list of which artists really made the hero shine:
About Paul Pope:
With the rough-edged cyberpunk and Japanese manga signifiers abounding in Pope’s work, the sweaty, volatile sensibility found in works like Batman Year 100 return the character to the pulpy tone of his fictional forebears.
I, for one, was a big Frank Quietly guy. He just made Batman look and feel like a real person, and no one has been able to replicate that since. Although, huge props to Capullo for his New 52 run. Faceless Joker was insane, and he breathed some real life into that book.
See, told you, impossible to pick one. Thank God Kotaku helped.
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