The Bronze Age artist was born July 27, 1940.
Ernie Chan (or Chua, as he was often known because of a bureaucratic error) is, in all likelihood, nobody’s favorite Batman artist.
I’m not trying to be mean. It’s almost certainly the truth.
Here was an artist whose time as primary Batcover artist followed Neal Adams’ time on the character and predated Marshall Rogers’. Jim Aparo, another major Batman artist, held the reins on Brave and the Bold and also manned the drawing table on many other Batcovers of the era. Dick Giordano was frequently in the mix, as well.
But Chan, who died in 2012, was a part of my childhood too — for his covers and his interiors — and for that I want to give my posthumous thanks.
Chan’s work on Conan is better regarded than a lot of his DC material. But I knew him from Batman, and so here is our 13 COVERS salute …
Cover images and credits from the underappreciated Grand Comics Database.