2005 saw the first Batman Black and White Statue release under the DC Direct line, based off a 90s comic series of the same name.
The line has spectacularly documented the work of some of the best artists in the business, along with their unique designs of the Dark Knight in keeping with the anthology style of the original series. The latest statue, designed by Sean Murphy, is a stunning look at just why this line has become such a fan favorite. It also marks a very special milestone for DC collectibles, as this will be the 50th statue released.
DC Comics is celebrating the event along with the fans, and released a video to commemorate the milestone showcasing the wide selection of statues available in the line:
Batman: Black and White has featured some great artists over the last 8 years, such as Alex Ross, Frank Miller, Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Jim Aparo, Neal Adams, Darwyn Cooke, Frank Quietly, Paul Pope, Dustin Nguyen, Mike Mignola, Matt Wagner, Sean Galloway, and Sergio Aragonés to name a sampling. The latest statue from Sean Murphy will also be featured as a variant cover on the soon to be relaunched Batman: Black and White comic series.
The Eisner Award-winning 4-issue mini-series was edited by Mark Chiarello, and featured stories told by some of the best creators in the business. The series soon proved to be a success, leading to multiple back-up stories that maintained the style and vision of the original mini-series.. The newest collection will follow the beloved format set in 1996, and feature a great cast of comic creators.
For more from the celebration you can check Comics Alliance for a fantastic interview with DC Collectibles regarding the line and its history. Don’t miss out on a chance to win the 50th statue designed by Sean Murphy, and be sure to check DC Collectibles for more great items to fill up your office/bedroom/life with.
We’ll even get you started with some of our favorite statues from the line. These 10 represent everything we love about Batman Black and White from some of the greatest creators to work with Batman.
A classic in every way, this statue represents the beginning of the hero and the early pencils that brought the character to life.
Based off the First Wave Batman, the fantastic designs of the statue show another unique twist with this early version of the Dark Knight.
Perfectly adapting the artist’s style matched with some stunning craftsmanship, this statue is a must have for any fan of Mike Mignola… or Batman… or beautiful things.
No stranger to the Bat family, Dustin Nguyen’s second B&W statue is a stunning look at a fan favorite character and a fantastic addition to the line.
It’s easy to see how Tony Daniel has become such an influential voice in the Batman universe with this amazing display of the caped crusader.
This iconic statue from Batman: Year One perfectly draws out the character of Mazzuchelli’s pencils, looking like it was made to be seen in crisp Black and White.
Not exclusive to Batman sculpts, Steve Rude’s classic version of Catwoman showcases the historic beginnings of the character and is sure to be on any collector’s wish list.
Cooke has brought his unique style to many characters of the DC Universe, and his Batman beautifully showcases the Silver Age style of the character.
This wonderful sculpt not only showcases the beautiful art of Frank Quitely, but focuses on the Dick Grayson version of Batman that wowed readers in Batman and Robin #1.
While Jim Lee’s Joker may be the best selling statue of Black and White, Lee Bermejo’s version is an exquisitely detailed piece, much like his Batman statue.
These are just a few of our favorites, with a lot more of great statues from the line to suit any fan of Batman. And with the upcoming Harley Quinn statue from Bruce Timm, the celebrated line continues to expand in the right direction. What`s your favorite statue from Batman Black and White? Let us know in the comments section below!
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