Confirmed: Batman Black & White Returns in December

Earlier this year, Bleeding Cool reported that DC Comics had moved some creators from certain books onto a new Batman: Black And White series, rather than furlough them or tell them to stop working. Today, DC Comics has confirmed that series exists and will be launching in December.

Batman Black and White was a series of comic book limited series published by DC from 1996 featuring 8-page black and white Batman stories. It began when editor Mark Chiarello hosted a dinner table discussion with a few famous comic-book artists who talked about what single complete run of comics one would be happy to be stranded on a desert island with, and all agreed on Warren Publishing's Creepy. A magazine that included that of Alex Toth, Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Angelo Torres, Gene Colan, Steve Ditko, Bernie Wrightson, Richard Corben and more, written and edited by Chiarello's own mentor Archie Goodwin.

Chiarello pitched to DC the idea of a Batman-themed black and white anthology from the best artists around, and was a major success for the publisher, the first issue including stories by the likes of Ted McKeever, Bruce Timm, Joe Kubert with a final story by Archie Goodwin, and José Antonio Muñoz. Subsequent issues included work by Walter Simonson, Richard Corben, Kent Williams, Neil Gaiman and Simon Bisley, Katsuhiro Otomo, Brian Bolland and Bill Sienkiewicz.

Warners produced semi-animated adaptations of several of the Black and White short stories and released them as motion comics. Several Batman: Black and White statues have been released by DC Collectibles. Some of these are based on designs used by various artists for their contributions to the three volumes of Black and White stories, since spinning off into action figure and plastic versions.

Confirmed: Batman Black & White Returns in December
Confirmed: Batman Black & White Returns in December

DC made Mark Chiarello redundant last year, a move that seemed to predict the recent layoffs as well. But his biggest success Batman: Black And White is being revived without him as a six-issue 48 page $5.99 prestige format series launching on December 8th.

The line-up includes:

Ahead of DC Fandome, Batman Black & White Returns in December
Confirmed: Batman Black & White Returns in December
  • Paul Dini & Andy Kubert
  • Tim Seeley & Kelley Jones

Ahead of DC Fandome, Batman Black & White Returns in December

  • Emma Rios

Ahead of DC Fandome, Batman Black & White Returns in December

  • John Arcudi & James Harren

Ahead of DC Fandome, Batman Black & White Returns in December

  • Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko
  • JH Williams III
Ahead of DC Fandome, Batman Black & White Returns in December
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  • Tom King & Mitch Gerads

Ahead of DC Fandome, Batman Black & White Returns in December

  • G. Willow Wilson & Greg Smallwood

Ahead of DC Fandome, Batman Black & White Returns in December

  • Sophie Campbell
  • David Aja
  • Dustin Weaver

Ahead of DC Fandome, Batman Black & White Returns in December

  • Bilquis Evely

Ahead of DC Fandome, Batman Black & White Returns in December

  • Joshua Williamson & Riley Rossmo
  • James Tynion IV & Tradd Moore

Ahead of DC Fandome, Batman Black & White Returns in December

  • Lee Weeks

Ahead of DC Fandome, Batman Black & White Returns in December

  • Chip Zdarsky & Nick Bradshaw
  • And many more!

The debut issue features cover art by Batman artist Greg Capullo.

Ahead of DC Fandome, Batman Black & White Returns in December

Each issue will also include two variant covers, one featuring Batman, the other featuring his foes. For issue #1, Peach Momoko provides a cover featuring Talia al Ghul.

Ahead of DC Fandome, Batman Black & White Returns in December

While J.H. Williams provides his own rendition of Batman.

Ahead of DC Fandome, Batman Black & White Returns in December

 

 

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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