As fans mock Frank Miller’s ‘Dark Knight III’ cover, Kurt Busiek defends it

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The debut of Frank Miller’s cover for the minicomic accompanying Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 was greeted Monday with a mixture of confusion and criticism, as many fans tried to figure out what happened to the legendary artist. “DC Lets Frank Miller Draw Superman’s Penis For Dark Knight III,” reads the headline on

But as the jokes flew on social media, Astro City writer Kurt Busiek stepped up with an alternate view: that Miller, revered for his work on Daredevil, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, knows precisely what he’s doing.

Posting the cover for DC Comics’ Dark Knight Universe Presents: The Atom #1 — yes, the one of the grimacing Man of Steel with pumpkin-sized fists and a penis clearly outlined in his shorts — Busiek wrote on Twitter, “This shot of Superman says everything Frank Miller wants to establish about Superman in this world.”

The writer followed that with a series of tweets that, together, forms a pretty convincing explanation of, and argument for, Miller’s approach. Of course, that may not change your mind if you already hate this new take on Superman (and, judging from all of those Twitter and Facebook comments, odds are that you do):


Written by Miller and Brian Azzarello, and illustrated by Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson, Dark Knight III: The Master Race debuts Nov. 25. Each issue will include a minicomic that focuses on a different character in the world of the Dark Knight, drawn by various artists. Miller himself will pencil Dark Knight Universe Presents: The Atom #1.