One of comics’ all-time greats was born April 6, 1926…
When I think of the late Gil Kane — who was born 94 years ago — I immediately think of Green Lantern, the Atom and Spider-Man. But Kane, who had a brilliant grasp on anatomy and a certain genius for dynamic layouts and dramatic perspectives, accomplished so much more than that.
For one thing, it seems like Kane churned out every other Marvel cover in the ’70s. He was also a pioneer of the original graphic novel. You name it, he pretty much did it.
He was so prolific in the Silver and Bronze Ages that it’s easy to forget just how many characters he worked on — and one of his best was Batgirl.
Kane, usually paired with inker Murphy Anderson, was the first penciller to chronicle the Dominoed Daredoll’s solo adventures, a run that ran intermittently from 1968’s Detective Comics #384 to 1970’s Detective #407. (Don Heck picked up the pencil after that.)
Thing is, Kane never did a solo Batgirl cover because she was a back-up feature. And the way we usually salute artists on their birthdays is with a 13 COVERS gallery.
So this year, we’re going off script with 13 GROOVY BATGIRL PAGES: A GIL KANE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION.
— 13 COVERS: A GIL KANE Birthday Celebration — 2019 Edition: GREEN LANTERN. Click here.
— 13 COVERS: A GIL KANE Birthday Celebration — 2018 Edition: SPIDER-MAN. Click here.