All-Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder, 2008, DC Comics, Jim Lee and Scott Williams.
The POP Retro Cover Of The Week continues its examination and celebration of iconic comic covers from the 1970s through the 2000s, this week returning to the Aughts. In the middle of the decade, DC Comics debuted their line of All-Star comics, an imprint announced to feature an "All-Star line-up of comics creators" and iconic stories. Each series would have its own continuity, to encourage new readers to give it a try.
As well-intentioned as this strategy was, there were only two All-Star titles produced, starring Superman, and Batman & Robin. The unwieldy titled All-Star Batman and Robin, The Boy Wonder was written by Frank Miller and drawn by Jim Lee, and was plagued by delays, taking three years to produce 10 issues.
For the cover of issue #9, Lee joined a long line of artists that have homaged Jack Burnley’s instantly iconic cover of Batman #9 from 1940. Batman and Robin are captured by a police spotlight, their shadows dramatically cast onto a building’s wall. Unlike Burnley’s version, where both Caped Crusaders wear surprised grimaces and defensive postures, Jim Lee’s Batman is "don't mess with me" and Robin's face reveals his crimefighting joy along with an awkward wave to the cops.
Jack Burnley's classic cover from 1940's Batman #9.
Also, unlike the primary colors on Batman #9, on this modern version Alex Sinclair’s color scheme is much more detailed, with modern color gradations and a moodier, weird, greenish cast.
The trade dress (the comic title logo, publisher’s logo, issue number, creative credits, etc.) for the All-Star books had a clean and modern, color-blocked, masthead appearance. The All-Star book titles were treated very differently from anything seen on comic covers before: bold sans serif text stretched out in length and in perspective, with no drop shadows or 3D trickery.
The overall look makes for a striking and eye-catching POP Retro Cover Of The Week.