13 DAYS OF THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS Gallery Edition: Day 12

EXCLUSIVE: Miller and Janson, side by side …

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The Dark Knight Returns Gallery Edition from Graphitti Designs and DC is due out 5/18 and every day for 13 days we’re presenting a page (sometimes two!) EXCLUSIVELY here at 13th Dimension.

The 13 x 20 book features hundreds of amazingly detailed pages scanned directly from Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s original art.

For the full 13 DAYS OF THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS Gallery Edition Index, click here.

For a COMPLETE REVIEW of the book, click here.

As I noted in my complete review (click here), one of the best parts of the Gallery Edition is seeing the difference between Frank Miller’s published and Klaus Janson’s unpublished inks. Janson was the primary inker on the project but in numerous cases, Miller revised the art. Most people have only seen the final, published versions but now — in a true rarity — you get to see side-by-side comparisons, here on the final two days of our series. (For a side-by-side comparison of the following page — featuring the death of the Jokerclick here!)

The pages below are from Batman’s climactic battle with the Joker in Issue #3.

Here’s a thumbnail of the two pages …

Janson inks on the left. Miller's revisions on the right.

Janson inks on the left. Miller’s revisions on the right.

 

… and here they are, in high res:

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Janson inks

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Miller revisions

Discuss. And for a side-by-side comparison of the following page, click here!)

NEXT: The Death of the Joker. Click here.

For the full 13 DAYS OF THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS Gallery Edition Index, click here.

For a COMPLETE REVIEW of the book, click here.

The 216-page book, which includes story pages and other illustrations such as marketing material, lists for $175. It will hit retailers 5/18 but you can also order it directly from Graphitti Designs. The company is also selling a signed, limited edition for $275. Click here for more info.

Main cover

Main cover

Author: Dan Greenfield

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