13 COVERS: An ERNIE CHAN Birthday Celebration

Underrated no more.

Last year, I made the mistake of underestimating Ernie Chan’s popularity with Batman fans.

I posted a 13 COVERS birthday salute (click here) more out of a sense of duty than desire, not realizing the fondness a lot of fans have for the artist also known as Ernie Chua.

So I sheepishly return with another selection of his Batwork, which brightened many a newsstand in the mid-’70s.

And if you dig these, then check out last year’s selection too — click here!

Ernie Chan was born July 27, 1940 — 77 years ago. He died in 2012.


Cover images and credits from the underrated Grand Comics Database.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Funny, I hated Ernie’s work when I was a kid and buying these off the stands. I would be so disappointed if it was Ernie over John Calnan, but today I can appreciate his work and I think it’s head and shoulders over the over rendered over muscled version of Batman coming out today.

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  2. On that last cover, Commissioner Gordon looks like he’s being played by Alan Napier.

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