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

EXCLUSIVE: Miller and Janson, side by side — and the death of the Joker!

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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’ve presented 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.

In this finale, we bring you another Miller and Janson side-by-side comparison. This page is one of the most important in the story and one of the most iconic Batman pages ever, and I’m especially proud to wrap this series here. For another side-by-side comparison — of the previous page in this scene — click here. It’s amazing to see two immense talents differ so drastically.

Here’s a thumbnail of the two pages …

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

 

… and here they are, in high res:

Janson inks

Janson inks

Miller inks

Miller inks

Discuss. (Note the “Rest in Peace, Jason” line, too!) For another side-by-side comparison — of the previous page in this scene — click here.

NEXT: Graphitti Designs’ Bob Chapman explains how the whole project came together.

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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3 Comments

  1. no wonder they had a falling out.

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  2. I’ll take Janson’s inks anytime over Miller. It looks so much better.

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  3. I noticed that by the the end of the book the lines looked more like Miller, but I imagined it was just art directing from Miller to Janson. Makes so much sense now. Either way some of the squiggly thin inking from Miller works and some of Janson’s more sharp inks work on some other parts. I think at the end the right pages were printed.

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