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Batman No. 47 by dryponder Batman No. 47 by dryponder
Batman #47, redrawn by me and submitted to the super-cool Covered blog.

Hereís the original version of Batman #47, by Batman co-creator Bob Kane and inker Charles Paris, for one of the major expansions of Batmanís origin by writer and frequently overlooked Batman co-creator Bill Finger:
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This scene is my favorite moment in any story ever, but itís often missed in retellings of Batmanís origin. In the original tale, a little boy dedicates his life to using all of his abilities to help everyone he can. To my mind, Batman doesnít work without the mission beginning here, when Bruce is still a child, shortly after his parentsí deaths. Itís an eight-year-oldís response to the tragic crime that broke his world.

What I needed was a superhero, so I shall become a superhero for everyone else.

I took some liberties with the arrangement of elements, placing the background props in the Batcave, altered the newspaper headline to include both Waynes together, and nixed the cover logos in favor of an more illustrative feel. I also decided to show young Bruce about a minute later than he appeared on the original cover, rising from his despair with steely resolve to save everyone everywhere from everything.
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captain89 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Nice work :-D
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batmannotes Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2014
very cool!
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shieldphasetwo Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cool :iconthumbsupplz:
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TheNeonSalmon Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013
My Goodness! That's a hell of a picture right there!
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dryponder Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
thanks!
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PhantomGirl Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2011
I can totally understand-poor Bruce.

I'd write more, but it's hard to write with a broken hand XD.
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robertwilsoniv Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
I really dig it. Great composition choices, love the registers of color.
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dryponder Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man! :D
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leroysquab Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
A very well done and stylish reinterpretation. Excellent. :thumbsup:
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BillWalko Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011
Beautiful, Dean! Love it!
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FrankJ21 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
Great stuff! It really comes together in a powerful way!
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dio-03 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Student Artist
i think this is a fitting tribute without being a straight up rip of the poses with your style over-imposed. cheers!
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DDeal12 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really Cool. I agree w/ paulie (better than the original).
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ComicBookArtFiend Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Bill Finger's "The Origin of Batman" is unsurpassed as far as origin stories for Batman go. With him, we get the horror of what happened, but the joy of seeing Bruce Wayne emerge from the tragedy a good, noble, and compassionate man. Basically John Walsh as a superhero, which is what Batman would be in real life. With BATMAN: YEAR ONE and beyond, we get a Bruce Wayne who's seriously disturbed and screwy at best or every bit as evil and psychotic as his enemies at worst. It's a trend that's plagued Batman for 25 years and counting, and I feel it's to his detriment. Under Finger and the guys who followed from 1940-1986, Batman wasn't turned into a monster or a lunatic by his losses, but came away determined to be a better man. That, to me, is the essence of Batman, and that's been sadly lost and ignored.

To see Finger paid such tribute does my heart good. Props to you, sir.
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ChrisSamnee Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
This is great, Dean!! : D
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MoniBolis Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Fantastic
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maxwillflyonwings Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, this is a really neat concept. thanks fordrawing this! :D
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i-kingpin Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Really striking.
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MollyTheWanderer Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I like yours better. Bruce looks more determined, the vehicles in their settings in the batcave make more sense (not to mention the composition is more balanced) and actually having Batman, not just the cape, evokes a guardian angel feeling. Yours=better ^_^.
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JDWRudy25 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:) Covered is awesome!

this is really great though, i much prefer the symmetry of this to the original. How'd you go about this? Like did you go to Covered and ask or did Covered come to you?
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GodTiger Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
T-T You got my heart

PS: however I was thinking about Damian when I first saw it. But you capture Bruce amazing... such a lonely boy.
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EJERoriginals Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
So classic! Even the colours are perfect! :clap: This is fantastic!
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MitchGerads Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional
This cover DONE BEEN TRIPPE-D!!

Fantastic work, Dean!

M!TCH
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Beautiful art! This is a very powerful and evocative piece. I really appreciate the additional history and info about the piece that you include in your comments about it. This really makes it even more interesting.
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Beautiful art! This is a very powerful and evocative piece. I really appreciate the additional history and info about the piece that you include in your comments about it. This really makes it even more interesting.
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quin-ones Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
So good!
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flamehead23a Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
The pose little Bruce is in is very commanding--definitely something disjointed and out of place for an eight-year-old. This works well, in my opinion, because we all know that as a kid Bruce was, well, not like any other kid. I really like how much your colors hearken back to the original cover. The inks they had back then weren't as...subtle...as they are now, so if you'd tried to do something realistic it might have fallen flat. going with a more stylized picture with thick lines and symmetrical construction was an inspired choice.

tl;dr....Sweet shit, bro.
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daneault Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
love this.
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
very cool, dean. i like the symmetry. i keep meaning to submit something to that site...
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Bluemutantfreak Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
This is fantastic, and I love the composition.
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BlitheFool Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! I love this. Looks great!
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Mckdirt Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i realy like this dude, (better than the original if you ask me :) )
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Quantum-Roberts Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
Awesome stuff Dean! Love the batvehicles.
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