What I will be reading tonight.
Batman : Dark Detective.
A little backstory: A couple of years ago I had a friend that was the over night Barista at a 24 hour coffee shop. He was a really cool guy, if not eccentric at times. I used to hang out at his house and we would talk about movies, video games, music, and more movies, and then we would smoke a cigarette and debate the best way to decapitate someone in a certain game. It was around the time that “The Dark Knight” came out that we got started on talking about comic books. We had an argument about Heath Ledgers portrayal of The Joker. It ended with him showing me actual artist boards of the joker from this graphic novel. I had asked him how he got these and he just gave me a baffled look. I was thinking I had asked a stupid question or whatever.. I wasn’t big into comic books so I didn’t know how easy or hard these were to come by. He just looked at me and said
"These are my Fathers".
I was stunned. Here I was explaining to him how much I loved Batman and all things related to it and little did I realize I was telling this to Marshall Rogers’ son. He was an artist for DC for quite a number of years and an amazing one at that. this was probably about 2008 and Marshall had passed away the year before. He actually handed me the boards and let me look through them. It was probably every comic nerds fantasy, and here I was, a person who had maybe bought one or two comics, holding a few pieces of gold. My friend explained to me how his dad had styled some of Batman’s best images, and the advances he made in the world of comics.
As i was about to leave my friend went into his closet and pulled out a box. He looked at me and said
"Take care of these, or I will hurt you."
He pulled out the Graphic novel above, plus one of each of the 6 parts that made it. He handed them to me and told me that they were “artist copies”. Artist’s, Authors, and inkers will get copies before the run is put out. They can keep them, Give them to friends/family, or whatever.
So I ended up with this GN and 6 independent copies to start my collection. I still have them, and I still value them. Every time I enter a comic shop or bookstore, the first thing I do is look for a Marshall Rogers Batman. I haven’t found any in stores yet, but i know I will.