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    Sheldon Moldoff and Joe Giella - Detective Comics #328 Splash Page 1 Original Art (DC, 1964). Batman's co-creator, Bill Finger, wrote this shocking death-trap scene for the bat-yarn "Gotham Gang Line-up." Due to waning sales, newly-appointed Batman editor Julius Schwartz was put in charge of revamping the Batman character for the Silver Age. In the issue before this one, artist Carmine Infantino had re-designed, modernized, and streamlined Batman in order to introduce what was termed the "New Look." The next step in Julius Schwartz's master plan was to kill off Bruce Wayne's butler, Alfred Pennyworth -- and he did just that in this tear-jerker! (This development was reversed when the "Batman" TV series proved to be a hit, and Alfred had to be brought back in the comics, later spawning the "Outsider" storyline.) Joe Giella, a key inker in Julius Schwartz's stable, added the "New Look" streamlined finish to Sheldon Moldoff's pencils. The Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes, Volume 1: Batman recounts the finish to the Tri-State Gang's death-trap: "Furiously gunning the engine of his motorcycle, Alfred manages to knock Batman and Robin out of the path of the plummeting boulder in the nick of time, But Alfred is unable to save himself, and he falls victim to the crushing weight of the mighty boulder." It was a somber moment in the Silver Age! The image area of the splash is 13" x 18", and the art is in Excellent condition.

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