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Sean Murphy’s rejected – ‘And you can see why’ – Batman pitch


It’s hard to believe that after the 2005 miniseries Batman/Scarecrow: Year One, Sean Murphy hit a rough patch where he couldn’t land work at DC Comics. Since then, he’s cut his own path through the publisher beginning in 2008 with two issues of Hellblazer and then continuing with Joe the Barbarian, Hellblazer: City of Demons, American Vampire: Survival of the Fittest, his creator-owned Punk Rock Jesus, Batman Beyond and now his collaboration with Scott Snyder, The Wake.

On Wednesday, Murphy returns again to the Dark Knight with a story (written by John Arcudi) in the debut issue of the revived Batman: Black and White, which was preceded last week by the release of his Batman: Black and White statue, the 50th in the DC Collectibles line. That’s quite the turnaround.

However, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing recently: Murphy recently revealed roughs for an eight-page Batman story he pitched last year, but was ultimately rejected. “… To be honest, I was 90% sure it was going to be rejected,” he writes on his DeviantArt blog. “And you can see why. The editor is a friend whom I respect greatly, so I took a chance and sent him this.”

“The editor’s reply was priceless,” Murphy continues. “He said something like, ‘Brilliant. But you know I can never publish this. Also, what’s the matter with you?’ That’s when I grabbed Arcudi to write something for me, because each time I tried to write something else, I ended up thinking, ‘Bruce would be WAY happier if he just offed everyone in Arkham!’

See a page from the pitch below, and all eight pages at Murphy’s DeviantArt page.

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hahaha, that rules. I like murphy, his work is very honest and I like that he’s a very outspoken artist.

The “See you later slut.” line would have single handedly garnered oodles of attention.

“See you later slut?” No, DC doesn’t have a female problem. Not at all.

DC rejected the pitch from this freelancer, Marks; what aren’t you getting?


This was fantastic! Funniest thing I’ve read in a while. And as for the “See Ya later, slut” comment a couple of people are harping on, I’m not into slut-shaming but seems pretty accurate in regards to Catwoman.

That’s the Punisher. Right? ;)

Howard D: With the corny lines and carrying more weapons than necessary, I’d say he’s Batpool.

@Danielle: Serious question: how is “slut” accurate in regards to Catwoman? If you’re using the term to mean that she’s promiscuous, I really don’t know where you get that idea, as she doesn’t have tons of indiscriminate sex. And even if she did, why does that make her a slut, with all the negative connotations that word has?

That’s really what bothers me about Murphy using it here, even jokingly. It doesn’t have anything to do with Selina herself. It’s just used to demean her for, what, daring to look sexy? Seriously, Murphy could have just written a cat-related play on words or something, like he did the Riddler’s “Here’s a riddle” question, and it would have worked better. As it is, that just kinda pushed this from “amusingly tasteless” to just plain gross. Too bad, because otherwise it’s kinda funny in a very wrong way.

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