INSIDE LOOK: Oh, if only…
The things you find when you’re plumbing the depths of the internet for no particular reason.
Dig this Dave Stevens commission of a Golden Age Detective Comics cover that never existed:
That’s just plain too good and I’m gobsmacked that DC has, as far as I know, never used it for a Detective Comics variant cover.
You got your serial-era Batman, your Conrad Veidt-looking Joker and what certainly could be a Hedy Lamarr Catwoman. (The Batman could be either Lewis Wilson in 1943 or Robert Lowery in 1949, but the belt is closer to Wilson’s version and the trade dress certainly gives it an early-’40s feel. But no matter, all things considered.)
I’ve not been able to trace much info on it other than it dates back to 2002 and that Adam Hughes colored it (that’s a Dynamic Duo). If you’ve got good info, post it in the comments.
Meanwhile, last week we ran a quartet of stories about the seminal ’80s series Who’s Who, by Robert Greenberger, who was deeply involved in the project. (The Who’s Who Omnibus came out last week.)
In any event, the late Stevens’ Catwoman entry was listed among Bob’s 13 FAVORITE PAGES (click here).
I’m posting it here again because in my cybertravels, I also found a fully colored version:
Not sure who the colorist is — there are pros Frank Martin and Laura Martin out there, but it also could be the work of a talented fan. Again, if you have info, I wanna hear it. (UPDATED: Check out Doug Hazlewood’s comment below!)
And if you’re wondering whether Stevens indeed based his Catwoman on Hedy Lamarr — who is said to be an inspiration for the original — check out these pix and judge for yourself.
I vote yes.
— The Curious Case of When SUPERMAN Met the ROCKETEER. Click here.
— How NEAL ADAMS Opened the Door for DAVE STEVENS. Click here.