Welcome to the five hundred and thirteenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the first five hundred (I actually haven’t been able to update it in a while).This week, who or what is Batman Junior? Has Alex Ross really never drawn Kyle Rayner? Finally, how did Secret Wars lead to the Punisher finally getting his own series?
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COMIC LEGEND: Alex Ross pitched a mini-series written and penciled by him featuring Batman’s son.
Alex Ross has always been quite open with how much he is affected by nostalgia towards the comics of his early youth (Ross was born in 1970). Much of his solo projects have been aimed at comic properties from the late 1960s and early to mid 1970s. “His” Justice League is indubitably the satellite era…
and “his” Green Lantern is always Hal Jordan…
Another early 1970s concept that caught young Alex’s eye was the Bob Haney Super-Sons stories, featuring the sons of Batman and Superman…
I’ve spotlighted the Super-Sons concept before (as I explained how DC tried to write off the idea).
In any event, a little over a decade ago, Ross was pitching DC Comics on a few ideas for new projects. Ultimately, the idea they went with was Justice, a maxi-series written by Ross and Jim Krueger with pencils by Doug Braithwaite that Ross would then paint over.
However, an alternate idea that he pitched DC was a prestige format mini-series called Batboy, which would star the son of Batman…
In this futuristic world, everyone grows up and things turn out pretty great. Here is the Titans all grown up as the new Justice League…
There is even a flying Batmobile (flown by grown-up Dick Grayson) before it showed up in Morrison/Quitely’s Batman and Robin!
Ross would have written the story and also, interestingly enough, penciled it (and not painted it). As you can see here, his pencils are great just on their own, even if they are different from his normal art style.
But here’s the craziest twist…the whole series would be revealed to be a tie-in with none other than ZERO HOUR!
Remember how Hal Jordan wanted to create a new, nicer world in Zero Hour?
Well, THIS would BE that world!
But obviously DC passed and Ross did Justice instead.
Thanks to Alex Ross for the information from the book Rough Justice: The DC Comics Sketches of Alex Ross
Check out my latest TV Legends Revealed at Spinoff Online: Was Spock originally supposed to have RED skin on Star Trek? And if so, why didn’t they go that route?
On the next page, we continue discussing Alex Ross by learning whether he actually has managed to avoid ever drawing Kyle Rayner…
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