Dig IRV NOVICK’s Unpublished Cover for BATMAN #210

Because it’s INTERNATIONAL CAT DAY — and we’re in a Novick mood…

Alter Ego #183 is out Wednesday and it includes a groovy tribute by the late Denny O’Neil to Irv Novick, one of Batman’s most popular artists of the Bronze Age. (Click here to check it out.)

Now, in a weird coincidence, Tuesday happens to be International Cat Day. What does that have to do with anything? Well, the issue also includes a fab, never-published cover Novick did for 1969’s Batman #210, featuring Catwoman.

OK, so that’s a stretch. Really, I was just looking for an excuse to show this off (as if I really needed one):

The cover is a Carmine Infantino layout and the editors ultimately went with Neal Adams’ version for publication:

Now, students, compare and contrast. Always fun to see what might have been, huh?

Alter Ego #183 is out Wednesday. You can get it at your local comics shop or directly from publisher TwoMorrows. Click here.


— DENNY O’NEIL: Why IRV NOVICK and BATMAN Were an Excellent Match of Talents. Click here.

— BATMAN’s Unsung Artists to Take Center Stage in Landmark BACK ISSUE #150. Click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Who are the other Cat GIrls? Real supervillains or just your standard TV stooges?

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    • In the story, the ladies were ex-cons that Catwoman trained. The ladies all dressed as Catwoman to be a diversion while she tried to steal a pearl. The ex-cons didn’t have the unique outfits that they wore on the cover.

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  2. My issue arrived in the mail yesterday. Can’t wait to dive in. Irv is one of my favorite artists.

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  3. The Catwoman figure in the Novick version has a feeling of Frank Robbins to it. Plus, of course, the original Black Cat costume from Harvey Comics (not counting the tail and collar).

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