Shining the Batsignal on one of Gotham’s forgotten heroes …
UPDATED 5/1/18: I first posted this two years ago and I set about doing another version but the thing is, I love these covers. Love them. So even though Mortimer did a lot more than this, I’m sticking with these one more time. — Dan
History loves shorthand, especially comics history.
People with short memories or a thin grounding in the Bronze Age think Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams single-handedly returned Batman to his darker roots — often forgetting names like Frank Robbins or Len Wein or Irv Novick or Bob Brown or Mike Friedrich.
The Silver Age was all Carmine Infantino, right? Well, not exactly.
And so it goes all the way back to the Golden Age. When you talk Batman before the mid-’50s, fans frequently refer to the “Jerry Robinson look” or the the “Dick Sprang style.” Thing is, there were so many others whose names just never stuck to the tongue, like Fred Ray or Jim Mooney or George Roussos or, in this case, Win Mortimer.
Mortimer, who was born May 1, 1919, produced not only some of my personal favorite Batman covers, he produced some of the most famous and iconic Batman covers ever. He died in 1998 but he quietly left an indelible mark on Gotham.
This is a 13 COVERS salute I’ve been waiting to do, because just check out these beauties. Mortimer penciled and inked them all, with one exception.
Feast your eyes:
Cover images and credits from the winning Grand Comics Database.