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Bill Sienkiewicz's Lost Batman Epic
« on: 08 July, 2019, 09:25:44 PM »


Sienkiewicz's Gotham looks like Chicago had sex with Paris, or maybe the French quarter of New Orleans


The Year 2005: Kelly Clarkson turns getting dumped into a career, the only John Wagner film adaptation to break even hits cinemas, and Bill Sinke ... Bill Shanky ... Elektra Guy draws a Batman book!

Well, he drew one issue of a Batman book then did a Big Numbers and bailed on writer David Lapham. The pages he did complete are great, though, treating Bats in a similar way to Superman in Dark Knight - a ball of black kinetic energy that freight-trains petty criminals through drywall.

And a cape! Bats's cape exists in a state of quantum uncertainty, one minute as tattered as the hem of a Leveller's jersey, the next a literal (metaphorical) murmuration of bats. Mensch Lapham explains how the whole thing happened (or didn't) and posts Billiam Zinkywink's pages here:

BATMAN RETURNS    (but Sienkiewicz doesn't)


Thanks to Ade Hughes on the 1977 Group for finding this


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Re: Bill Sienkiewicz's Lost Batman Epic
« Reply #1 on: 08 July, 2019, 10:39:35 PM »
There is some fantastic linework in those pages. Looks very spontaneous like Bernie Fuchs renderings. Thanks, Frank for sharing this gobsmacking Batman tale.
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Re: Bill Sienkiewicz's Lost Batman Epic
« Reply #2 on: 08 July, 2019, 11:17:56 PM »
Scribblytastic. Ta Frank.

But that first link - David Roach's Anderson - was unintentional?

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Re: Bill Sienkiewicz's Lost Batman Epic
« Reply #3 on: 09 July, 2019, 07:11:14 AM »
that first link - David Roach's Anderson - was unintentional?

In 1989, I was a schoolboy who loved Stray Toasters and imagined me and my pal were the only people in the UK who even knew its author's name (even if we couldn't say it). So Grant & Roach's The Prophet felt like a secret message from pals I'd never met*




* I hadn't read The Day The Law Died, so the reference to Call Me Kenneth went over my head

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Re: Bill Sienkiewicz's Lost Batman Epic
« Reply #4 on: 09 July, 2019, 09:37:35 AM »
Oh.
Sorry to doubt.

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Re: Bill Sienkiewicz's Lost Batman Epic
« Reply #5 on: 09 July, 2019, 10:30:45 AM »
That's class! Maybe one day I'll retrieve my copy of Stray Toasters from my mum's airing cupboard or wherever it might be. Maybe another day I'll finally figure out what in fuck's name it was about.
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Re: Bill Sienkiewicz's Lost Batman Epic
« Reply #6 on: 09 July, 2019, 10:59:29 AM »
Stray Toasters, Plastic Forks. Always think of those bonkers series together.
Books I loved an unhealthy amount. Why can't all comics be this good.... ?

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Re: Bill Sienkiewicz's Lost Batman Epic
« Reply #7 on: 09 July, 2019, 04:46:15 PM »
Stray Toasters, Plastic Forks ...

... anything published by Kitchen Sink.