13 COVERS: A CURT SWAN Birthday Celebration

From Metropolis to Gotham…

The late Curt Swan, the definitive Superman artist to a generation (or two) of fans, was born 100 years ago!

How best to celebrate? With a 13 COVERS birthday salute starring… Batman!

Heh. Sometimes you just have to switch it up.

A lot of fans sometimes forget that Swan — who was born Feb. 17, 1920 — turned in a lot of Bat-covers in the late ’50s, including some of the most emblematic of the period.

So dig these 13 COVERS — all inked by Stan Kaye — but don’t worry, there are links below celebrating Swan’s historic work on the Man of Steel.

Dig it:

One of the very first Batman back issues I ever got.


— A Salute to CURT SWAN: The Definitive SUPERMAN Artist. Click here.

— 13 COVERS: A CURT SWAN Birthday Celebration — 2018 Edition: Superman. Click here.

Cover images and credits from the Grand Comics Database.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Swan was also the principal interior artist for World’s Finest issues 141-173 (May ’64 thru Feb ’68) which was basically the beginning of Batman’s “new look” in the comics through the end of the TV show. Bobby Reed of Dial B for Blog identifies WF #149 as one of three key issues William Dozier likely used for inspiration as he fleshed out the look of the show, along with Batman #171 and Detective #329.

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  2. “Robby” Reed of course.

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    • It was Carmine Infantino who designed the New Look Batman. All the other artists followed that style.

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      • Yes, I was trying to point out that Swan drew a lot of interior Batman too during the run of the show. Swan probably drew more interior Batman in WF than Infantino did on his every other month schedule in Detective .

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  3. Swan is one of the all-time greats. I feel like he goes unmentioned all too frequently when history’s top comic book artists are discussed.

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