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Exhibition Comic Art: 120 Years of Panels and Pages

Joe Giella (b. 1928) inking over penciling by Sheldon Moldoff (1920–2012). Batman, no. 189 (February 1967). “A scratching of claws! A snarl of feline fury! There is no time to slam shut the door,” February 1967. Ink and white opaque over pencil drawing. Published in Batman. Gift of George Sturman, 1992. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (017.00.00) © DC Comics, used with permission.
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Batman, no. 189. New York: National Periodical Publications, February 1967. Reproduction. Serial and Government Publications Division, Library of Congress (018.00.00) © DC Comics, used with permission.
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Batman and Robin

Although the faded signature of Bob Kane appears on this original Batman comic book illustration, the story was penciled by Sheldon Moldoff, inked by Joe Giella, written by Gardner Fox (1911–1986), and lettered by Gaspar Saladino (1927–2016). Here, in the story “Fright of the Scarecrow” Batman and Robin, who have become temporarily blind, fight two of the Scarecrow’s wild cats. Having first appeared in Detective Comics, no. 27 in 1939, Batman has become part of DC Comics pantheon of superheroes that also appear in motion pictures, television shows, and promotional products.

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