Tainted Love: DC goes crotch first with The Art of Frank Quitely

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The good news is that the Frank Quitely art book is finally coming out! It’s called Graphic Ink: The DC Comics Art of Frank Quitely Tainted Love: DC goes crotch first with The Art of Frank Quitely and its out in June.

The bad news is…well it isn’t really bad news. It’s just Robin letting his inner catamite out again. And if you think I’m wrong just examine the look on Batman’s face.

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In case you’re wondering, the book was announced long ago with a different look:

Not final cover. Indeed.

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Another earlier version of the cover added more of Robin’s knee, making it a bit less…brief-tastic. Traditionally, as shown by covers and splash pages, many superheroes have a tendency to enter a fight crotch-first, I guess to frighten their enemies? A lot of our animal pals use similar techniques—the mandrill’s swollen red butt being a notable example. In that case, Quitely has done it again, with an image that rouses all kinds of allusions and echoes the primal nature of the superhero conflict. Maybe Kate Willaert will take this on in a future By Its Cover column?

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Comments

  1. Patrick says:

    I admit it: the cover made me order it.

  2. Joe S. Walker says:

    Wilfully ugly.

  3. Al B 52 says:

    I think the term you’re looking for here is “balls out”.

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  5. This looks like a job for Frederick Wertheim!

  6. Joe S. Walker says:

    Truth spoken in jest. Why would anyone want to see Batman drawn as a paedophile?

  7. Philippa A. says:

    Does anyone know what specifically is going to be reprinted in Graphic Ink? It’s impossible to find details online, and I’d like to know before I preorder it. Thanks!

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