Frank Miller and Klaus Janson Batman: The Dark Knight
Returns #4 Superman, Batman, and Alfred Page 44 Original
Art (DC, 1986).
From the landmark story arc that redefined the
Batman franchise for the modern audience, "The clock strikes
The Batman vs. Superman
battle has ended at
last. The Batman lies dying in Superman's arms as the epic of
The Dark Knight
draws to a close.
"The clock strikes twelve" is the fourth-from-the-last page in the
book and perhaps the most poignant of the entire series. The iconic
top panel dominates the mood of the page -- meanwhile, below,
beneath their feet, the Bat Cave erupts and explodes -- stately
Wayne Manor burns -- and Alfred Pennyworth dies. The image of
Superman cradling the mortally wounded Batman, in a pose of heroic
suffering reminiscent of Michelangelo's masterpiece of Renaissance
sculpture, The Pieta
, has such powerful visual impact that
it wouldn't be at all surprising to see it turn up on the big
screen in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman
movie. For now,
you can hang the original on your wall -- a show-stopper which
features full-figure portraits of both Batman and Superman, as well
as two expressive close-up "reaction shots" of their faces.
Here is one of the most dramatic pages that we've offered to date,
and with Batman, Superman, and loyal Alfred all appearing, it would
be near-impossible to find an example with more gravitas. "This
modern masterwork has an image area of 11.5" x 11.75". Aside from
being lightstruck, and having the typical four tape residue stains
in its margins, the art is in Excellent condition. Signed by Frank
Miller at the lower right.
Miller, Frank:Frank Miller (American, b. 1957): is a multi-talented cartoonist, writer, and film director, most celebrated for his work on the Marvel characters Daredevil, Elektra, and Wolverine, as well as on his own characters for the Dark Horse titles Hard Boiled, 300, and Sin City. In the late eighties, Miler became the first and foremost of a new breed of "noir" comic book storytellers, thanks to the tremendous popularity of his work on the industry-changing Batman: The Dark Knight Returns series. He also directed the film version of Will Eisner's The Spirit, and shared directing duties with Robert Rodriguez on Sin City, and produced the film 300..
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