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    Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella Detective Comics #327 First "New Look" Batman Splash Page 1 Original Art (DC, 1964). Carmine Infantino's splash page for "The Mystery of the Menacing Mask" is a landmark piece of Silver Age DC art. Despite Batman's immense popularity in the forties and fifties, the character's direction had gone terribly astray by the early sixties. Batman had been fighting alien criminals, traveling to other planets, teaming with interstellar cops, and was fighting earthbound monsters such as Clayface. As a result of these offbeat yarns, sales had been dropping for years, and Detective Comics, DC's flagship title, was actually in danger of being canceled.
    In desperation the title was turned over to famed DC editor Julius Schwartz, the man with the Silver Age touch. He brought in his top-flight art team of Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella to launch the revamped version of the Gotham Guardian which Schwartz dubbed the "New Look." Infantino's streamlined version, including a redesigned, circular bat chest emblem was so distinctive, so revolutionary, that for the first time in the life of the feature, it was agreed that Bob Kane would not be credited with drawing this story, and as a result, there would be no Bob Kane signature on the splash page.
    The success of the "New Look" was instrumental with setting into a motion a chain of events that has continued to the current triumph of superheroes in the mass media and popular culture. ABC executive William Dozier was smitten by the "New Look" Batman comics, and they convinced him to launch the phenomenally successful Batman TV series starring Adam West. Ever since the success of that show, comic book characters have remained a staple for film and TV projects. The "New Look" Batman, which began with Detective Comics #327, and this splash page, did more than just save the Batman character from cancellation -- it may have saved an industry from extinction.
    This historic piece has an image area of 13" x 18". The title logo is a carefully color-matched replacement; otherwise, the art is in Excellent condition.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2008
    13th-15th Thursday-Saturday
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
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