Monday, March 7, 2011

Ol' Groove's Request Line: "Man-Bat Madness" by Frank Robbins

What it is, Groove-ophiles! Several of you have asked for more Frank Robbins art, and many are curious about his art on Batman in particular. Well this is for all'a ya, just 'cause Ol' Groove loves ya! Robbins came to work at DC around 1968, and quickly became one of the more prominent Batman authors. With Detective Comics #416 (July 1971), Frank finally got to apply his artistic skills, not only to the Dark Knight, but to his freaky and far-out co-creation Man-Bat. Yeah, Ol' Groove's got it all right here for you...

Robbins also wrote and illustrated the Batman features in 'Tec #'s 420, 421, 426, and 429. They're well worth tracking down--that's no jive!


  1. Absolutely hated Frank Robbins' artwork when I first saw it all those years ago, until he did the Invaders with Roy Thomas, then I learned to appreciate it and now I enjoy seeing all the blogs paying tribute to him. Sorry it took so long for me to catch on, Frank.


  2. Like Darpy -- I hated Robbins when I was a kid. Now I look at these page layouts and my mouth hangs open at the wonder of it all. Great stuff -- and loved his Shadow, too.

  3. Thanks Groovy One! I'll be picking up those issues of Detective as soon as I can. I feel like I oughta duck when I say this, but I don't care: Frank Robbins is very honestly on his way to becoming my very favorite comic artist. I honestly haven't been so affected by comic art since Kirby and Toth!

  4. More Frank Robbins please Mr Groove!!

  5. Wow, the Robbins artwork in this Batman issue is incredible. Yes, more Robbins, please!
    Thanks for sharing with us!

  6. I was much the same as the other folks. Didn't like Robbins' art much as a kid. Came to really appreciate it later. Great stuff.

  7. Yes!Yes!Yes!
    Thank you,Mr Groove,for sharing!
    /Mr Anonymous

  8. Colored by Neal Adams uncredited except in a letters page.



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