Artist Nicola Scott has released artwork for her variant Detective Comics #1000 cover, and it shows us Batman's evolution over the decades.
While the fundamentals remain intact, there have been quite a few iterations of the suit over the years, and seeing them together, as drawn by one artist, really shows off the design differences as opposed to just the differing styles of one generation of artist to the next.
It’s Detective Comics 1000 time!— ⚡️Nicola Scott⚡️ (@NicolaScottArt) February 1, 2019
By request, with colours again by Annette Kwok, I’ve created a class photo, Batman through the decades.
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From the old school look with the purple gloves to the Adam West era's blackened mask, and the 1980s Frank Miller inspired barrel-chested Batman, they each have their own distinct identities. Some are much darker than others, displaying how Bruce Wayne's nighttime attire has changed and become more functional over the years while still keeping true to the roots of the character. Eighty years and 1000 issues offer a lot of opportunity for change, after all.
Scott's previous DC credits include runs on Birds of Prey, Teen Titans and Secret Six. In recent years, the artist from Sydney has had the opportunity to work on some of DC's biggest properties, penciling characters like Batman, Wonder Woman and Superman. So, it's no surprise to see her name among those chosen to do variant covers for the historic issue.
Detective Comics first launched in 1937 as an anthology comic featuring several different detectives before eventually introducing the world to Batman in the 27th issue in 1939. The book quickly became Batman's title and now, eight decades later, it's set to reach a historic milestone with 1000 issues.
DC Comics will also release variant covers for the book from the likes of Bill Sienkiewicz, Steve Rude, Michael Cho, Jim Steranko, Bernie Wrightson, Frank Miller, Tim Sale, Jock, Greg Capullo and Bruce Timm. There's also a wraparound cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair.
Detective Comics #1000 goes on sale March 27.