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Eduardo Barretto, talented Uruguayan artist, has been around the comics periphery since my early days in the medium during the late 1970′s. First inking for Marvel and later, after I moved to Israel, he went to DC and gained recognition for his run on Teen Titans. When I returned to comics in the early 1990′s, he’d established a strong presence as a Batman artist, one of the characters I drew most then. He produced a few more well remembered projects like Speeding Bullets and Under a Yellow Sun before expanding towards other publishers including Archie, IDW, Boom!, Crossgen, Dark Horse and others before returning to Marvel on Marvel Knights.
In 2006 he landed at King Features Syndicate and drew the Judge Parker strip. His tenure there was disrupted once after a serious injury from a car accident and again while contracting meningitis in 2010, which left him unable to continue drawing. He returned to draw the Phantom strip for King Features last July, but the illness took its toll on the consumate professional creator a few days ago, on 15 December, at age 57. We never met nor had any internet encounters but Eduardo’s been like a close colleague, perhaps if only by virtue of the recognizable feel for humanity that his work exuded, and the personal respect that fellow creators who knew him expressed for him. Godspeed Eduardo, your untimely departure is big loss for us all and for the medium you helped make better. Heartfelt condolences to grieving family and friends.
I had barely missed his visit to Continuity just before I started working there in late 1975, when Jerry Robinson joined Neal Adams in the drive to convince Warner Bros. to help the creators of Superman in their later years. He became a mediator between the creators and DC Comics, and procured the appearance of their credit on the Superman titles. I barely missed him but the giant shadow that Jerry Robinson cast couldn’t escape my attention. I hadn’t met him on the few occasions I’ve attended comics conventions, but I did receive a friend request from him on Facebook last year and was surprised to discover he even knew of me. After a few warm conversations there, I came to know wonderful simplicity in him, and a passionate activism on behalf of the creator community and the comics medium, that also exuded a humbling concern for the world we live in.
Aside from his seminal role in the creation of the Batman mythos, especially the Joker and Robin, Jerry Robinson remained an active ambassador for the medium from behind the scenes, putting forward the best that comics stood for, even if his work wasn’t visible on the pages themselves. The comics community is beginning to pour its affection for him after news of his departure from us surfaced; Bleeding Cool; Newsarama; Comics Reporter and io9 are an early start. True to his site format, Tom Spurgeon is compiling sentiments from across the web into a collective memory post, which is always of the better places to get an impression of the impact that the likes of Mr. Robinson have on us. Godspeed Jerry and thanks for the bright light you shine on us, and the comics.
Following some heated discussion on the two-page Armageddon Diplomacy story and art, at Bleeding Cool Forums, based on the item Rich Johnston carried at the main site, it was expected that the work might not be well received by everyone.
The thread, however, turned into a referendum on my character, artistic choices, my views on DC/Marvel and the comics industry, my general ability to communicate an idea, and even my sanity (which is nothing new in some comics circles) . The intensity seemed quite beyond the call of duty, one of the qualities that make fandom so engaging. It’s a highly recommended, very informative and entertaining forum thread, so have a look if you get a chance.
But it all left me wondering how I can more clearly communicate what I’m trying to say, which I’m not so sure of myself, actually. And also what to do about the second page, which some forum members thought was so hateful that it warranted the extreme responses there.
So, I’ve decided that if that second page, depicting Superman, Batman and Wonder-Woman burning American, British and Israeli flags in Tehran, is such a hateful image, then perhaps it’s best for us to renounce our attachment to the original art. Or at least to unequivocally disassociate ourselves from it.
And to do so in a lasting way that leaves little doubt as to the strong sentiment some have heaped on it.
I don’t know if it’ll work, but I’m hoping it clarifies what I’m trying to say and sets people’s minds at ease about it.
Now that this is behind us, the original art and positive message from the first page, along with a life size digital print of the complete second page, the original art of the consumed second page, and two photos from the process, are all available on eBay.
Starting bid was $10 for all items seen below. Click here to go to the auction.
Considering the progressively progressive political atmosphere in the US and abroad, and the first step Superman took to reconcile his socio-political positioning on the world stage by announcing he’d renounce his US citizenship, one can’t help wonder where this idea is heading and what future ramifications it might hold for the Superheroes. Here’s a two page short depicting something we might well eventually see from DC Comics, perhaps in the not too distant future.