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Return to the swingin’ ’60s with Bob Kane’s Batman paintings

If you look at all the mainstream attention Robert Kirkman is getting due to the success of AMC’s The Walking Dead, you’d think it was crazy. (Really, a comics writer on The View?) But in reality, it’s hardly the first time. In the 1960s, when the Adam West Batman television series kicked off, Bob Kane experienced his own groundswell of attention — and he loved it. Around that time, Kane started branching out from his comics illustrating to do a series of oil paintings of Batman and the primary characters in Gotham City, and took to showing them — and posing in great posed photos like the one above (via Pop Culture Safari).

It was later revealed that to create these paintings Kane had hired artists to “ghost” after him, much like he hired artists like Sheldon Moldoff to assist his comics work in the ’50s and ’60s. It’s hard to say how much of the paintings are his and how much he had assistance on, but either way they’re a unique treasure — just like these photos of the paintings and Kane hamming it up for the camera.

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Bob Kane seems like he was awful.

Is that a painting of The Thing in disguise in photo 5? So, not only was he laying about painting them, he was also committing copyright infringement?

You mean Sheldon MOLDOFF, right?

I wonder who the ghost artists were.

“Is that a painting of The Thing in disguise in photo 5? So, not only was he laying about painting them, he was also committing copyright infringement?”

It’s a Batman villain called Clayface.

Actually, that painting is of I, Basil Karlo, the original Clayface who first appeared in 1941. Not you, Hagen.

Why not mention the blog where these pictures were taken from?

http://popculturesafari.blogspot.com/2012/10/rare-photographs-of-batman-artist-bob.html

I don’t understand why you’d simply lift all eight pictures without mentioning the source, but I guess it’s appropriate for a Bob Kane post. :)

I’m sure it was merely an oversight, but thanks for pointing it out. I’ve added the link.

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