DescriptionBob Kane, Jerry Robinson, and George Roussos Batman #9 "The Four Fates" Title Page 1 Original Art (DC, 1942). With a surreal splash spotlighting a hooded Fate and the Dynamic Duo, this eerie Golden Age title page is the earliest Batman and Robin opener we have offered to date. Three super-stars of DC Comics' Golden Age teamed to create this corker -- artists Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson, and writer Bill Finger. Bob Kane most likely penciled this scene and then the finished art was "tightened up" and inked by Kane's talented "ghost artist" and assistant, Jerry Robinson. George "Inky" Roussos handled the background inks. Robinson was a real-life boy wonder, even younger than the 26-year old Kane. At the time he worked on this page, Jerry was only 19 years old. Jerry Robinson began his comics career at age seventeen, and he recounted how it began: "I'd met Bob Kane the summer after I graduated from high school. In those days white painter's jackets were very popular with the college kids, and students would paint all sorts of razzmatazz on their jackets. I decorated my own as I had been the cartoonist on my high school paper. I was wearing this jacket while waiting to play tennis at a resort when a fellow came up and asked me who had drawn the cartoons. He turned out to be Bob Kane and he offered me a job as his assistant if I was willing to come to New York City. It seemed to be a great way to pay my college expenses, so I moved to New York and transferred to Columbia. I began lettering the strip and inking the backgrounds. After a while, I started to ink the figures as well, and pretty soon Bob would just pencil the strip and I would do the complete inking." In "The Four Fates," when four fugitives steal a large ruby from the turban of Jaffeer, he casts a terrible curse of four fates upon each of the crooks. The Caped Crusaders attempt to capture each of the four, but the curse works on each in most unusual ways. This awesome title page was drawn on Bristol and the image area of the art measures 13" x 18". Aside from aging and glue staining on the original title logo stat, and some flaking of the white-out art corrections to the pot holder image, the art is in Excellent condition.
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