We review the covers that were published in the decade of the 80s, which marked an important time in the mythology of Batman
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Stories authored by Denny O’Neil, Frank Miller, Alan Moore and strokes by Neal Adams, Mike Mignola, Dick Giordano, Todd McFarlane, among other industry titans, marked a great time for Batman. Which culminated in the Tim Burton tape.
Let’s take a look at the iconic covers that Batman gave us in the 80’s
Detective Comics #556
Featuring art by Dick Giordano, this tome takes us on a tour of Batman’s gallery of villains. In an issue that offers content worthy of an anniversary, which arrived at the DC Comics newspaper library in the year 1986.
Son of the Demon
One of the important one-shots came in 1987 where the relationship between Batman and Talia is explored, as well as his rivalry with Ra’s Al Ghul. This volume gained importance years later in the Batman mythology by giving us Damian Wayne, the son of Bruce and Talia.
The Dark Knight Returns #4
One of the most spectacular confrontations that Batman and Superman offer us happens in this issue, where an old Bruce Wayne exploits his economic and intellectual resources to give Superman one of his most epic defeats, in another of the jewels of ’86.
Not only is it one of the most spectacular covers of Batman, it is also a waste of talent on the part of Todd McFarlane, who in 1988 left us the cover of one of the issues that shows us the day to day (or rather the night to night) of the Bat on the streets of Gotham.
This issue kicked off the arc of Batman Year 3, by Marv Wolfman and Pat Broderick, and to address this story that tells us more about the origins of Dick Grayson, there was no better letter of introduction than an art by the great George Pérez.
The Killing Joke
What we can say about this story is little, compared to the great impact that Alan Moore’s story left on the Bat Man mythology. Brian Bolland took over the strokes of this epic saga and the cover is one of the unmistakable in the history of DC Comics.
The third part of Batman: Year One offers us, within this revolutionary story of the Dark Knight, one of the most representative covers with Batman kneeling in the shadows before the eyes of the forces of order, in one of David Mazzucchelli’s talent shows.
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
The first Elseworld in the history of DC Comics featured the art of Mike Mignola leaves us with a Batman patrolling the streets of London in Victorian times, following the trail of Jack the Ripper, in a very attractive crossover of stories
Detective Comics #587
Norm Breyfogle left us an important legacy in his time as an illustrator of Batman, but one of the covers that is iconic in his career is where Batman is presented in his essence, frightening the criminals of Gotham no matter where they hide.
The Dark Knight Returns #1
If there is a cover that defines the decade of the 80s in the history of Batman, it is the one that Frank Miller made for the beginning of The Dark Knight Returns. The story where he shows us a dystopian future that needs the Dark Knight, who comes out of the shadows no matter what the ravages of age.
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Batman: Hush, a classic of the present century in SMASH and DC Comics Mexico
Gotham City is infected by a criminal epidemic and all of Batman’s enemies have emerged with the intention of making his life an absolute chaos. But they have no idea that they are merely pawns of the villainous Hush, as part of his elaborate game of revenge against Bruce Wayne.
Driven past his breaking point, Batman will need to harness much more than the abilities of the greatest detective on Earth to uncover the true identity of this mysterious mastermind before it’s too late.
SMASH and DC Comics present Batman: Hush, the work by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee that brought the Dark Knight into the 21st century.
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