Launched in 2018 as a 3-issue mini-series by writer Brian Azzarello and artist Lee Bermejo, Batman: Damned immediately became one of the most important Batman comic books of the 21st century, largely because it featured the first (and last) appearance of the Batpenis when Bruce Wayne appeared fully nude in several panels in the first issue. Batman's nudity sparked an internet sensation which resulted in hundreds of clickbait articles, also sending the book rocketing up the sales charts and, eventually, causing Warner Bros to rethink its entire publishing strategy.
The plot of Batman: Damned sees an alternate-universe Batman team up with John Constantine to investigate the death of The Joker. We may never see another comic like Batman: Damned outside of Tijuana Bibles, but its impact on the comic book industry earns it a place alongside seminal works like Watchmen, Dark Knight Returns, and X-Men Forever as amongst the greatest comic books ever published.
and in September it's the comic book that killed Vertigo, Batman: Damned The one that managed to get on Stephen Colbert and saw DC Comics crack down on all content as a result of Bruce Wayne showing us all that he was circumcised Now with the solicitation-friendly title Batvark: Penis One-Shot.BATVARK PENIS ONE SHOT
Batman is back and this time things are getting a little supernatural with Prime 1 Studio. The Batman Damned statue was announced back in 2019 but it looks like he is returning once again. Some new pre-orders have popped up on Sideshow Collectibles for both standard and deluxe statues. The statue is based on the […]
Last year, Urban Comics, a DC Comics licensor in France, published a hardcover gallery of Lee Bermejo's work for DC Comics. It included finished art, sketches, work in progress alongside extensive interviews with Lee Bermejo and his colleagues, including writers, colourists, publishers and friends, telling the stories behind the scenes of his work on Batman […]
The interview, translated into French, also sees Brian Azzarello talk about the controversy that dogged Batman: Damned a year ago For those with short memories, the comic was the launch title for DC's Black Label imprint for mature readers superhero comics, and it involved a naked Bruce Wayne hitting headlines worldwide, including late-night talk show[...]
Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo have been one of the more perfect creative pairings. With perennial sellers for DC Comics such the Luthor and Joker collections, the Rorschach chapter of Before Watchmen getting a new boost from the TV show, and the recent release of the collected Batman Damned topping the charts, they should be […]
Starting with comic books solicited for January 2020, DC Comics introduces the term Prestige Plus. It's a new name for DC Comics' periodical format with square binding and card stock covers that measure approximately 8.5" by 10.875". Periodicals that fit the Prestige Plus format would include the first such volume, Batman Damned, as well as […]
In the Black Label comic Batman: Damned, Bruce Wayne relives the trauma of realising Thomas Wayne cheated on his wife.Now, on top of Tom King bringing back Flashpoint Batman That Makes No Sense, we have the the Joker movie. Here, Thomas Wayne is a full-on rich scumbag He’s smug, entitled and condescending to the poor[...]
Comic book creator Lee Bermejo talked on panel yesterday at New York Comic Con about his work and his process, at the New York Comic Con. Artist on books such as Joker, Before Watchmen: Rorschach, Lex Luthor: Man of Steel, the recent Batman Damned, and writer/artist on Suiciders and Batman: Noel, his work gained infamy when a […]
This is the Top Ten Bleeding Cool Bestseller List, as compiled by a number of comic stores from their sales on Wednesday and Thursday. It measures what are known as the "Wednesday Warriors", those who can't wait till the weekend to get this week's comics. We salute you, and the keenness you bring to your […]
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Funko Batman: Damned PopThe latest Batman Funko Pop, after the crazy amount we have already gotten this tear celebrating his 80th anniversary, is based off his look in the series Batman: Damned No, there is no visible...piece to the costume I was hoping that this one would be a little more[...]
In 1989, Christopher Priest – then known as Jim Owsley – wrote a story for Batman Annual #13 called Faces, with art by Michael Bair and Gray Morrow. Which featured this scene, Bruce Wayne rising from bed in the nip, and heading out to change into his Batman clobber. A functional, non ezplicit nude scene. […]
The final issue of Batman Damned #3 by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo was originally solicited for March, on a bi-monthly schedule. But that was before Batman's penis appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and newly appointed publisher Pamela Lifford had to tip the entirety of DC Comics' schedule in the bin and […]
We'd already known the Previews exclusive Red Flash was coming, but there are more to add.A Previews exclusive Metallic Nova.A DC Batman: Damned figure Sadly, it seems, without the appendage that made this book famous Could this be for the Diamond Hallowe'en ComicFest event in comic stores?An Animated Miles Morales Spider-Man figure[...]
SDCC 2019 exclusives are starting to be revealed, and first up is Previews World and Diamond Select Toys! They have tons and tons of exclusives this year, including Gallery statues of Captain Marvel, Flash, and Deadpool, other statues of X-23, Batman from Batman: Damned, and a Deadpool head bust A cool Mikey-as-Batman TMNT figure, a[...]
Even before the fuss, Batman: Damned with Lee Bermejo was a prestige format comic selling over 100,000 copies, and because DC wouldn't reprint the first issue, it rocketed in price. And then Batman: Damned #2 sold even more than #1, something almost unheard of.
But Batman: Damned #3 is delayed Orders have been cancelled and the book resolicited for[...]
Things aren't going great for The Punisher. First of all, he's in a prison in Bagalia, and second of all, there are no good barbers there. Also, the other residents really don't respect people's privacy. Confronted in a steamy locker room by a prison boss nun, Frank Castle lets it all hang out. You might […]
I've been hearing more about how the reaction to the publication of Batman: Damned#1 is affecting other books, creators and employees at DC Comics But over the weekend at MCM London Comic Con I heard a tale from comic book writer Chris Claremont that put in it perspective.He recalled the publication of Superman #75, which featured[...]
The first appearance of Batman's penis in Batman Damned #1 set the comic book world on fire, sending shockwaves throughout DC Comics, causing the comic to skyrocket in value (especially after it was announced there would be no second printing and any future collections would censor the Batawang), and leaving a Batpenis-shaped mark on comic […]
Like Batman's penis.Bleeding Cool has written near a dozen articles on the Batpenis since it was revealed in Batman: Damned #1 on Wednesday, including the fact that DC Comics had censored the penis in digital versions and vowed to remove it from future print copies, but Cain, clearly too busy spitting hot fire in interviews[...]
Since Batman: Damned #1 hit stores on Wednesday, all anyone has been able to talk about is the long-awaited reveal of Batman's penis in a mature readers comic Even when not talking about the batpenis itself, people have questioned DC's decision to censor it digitally and in future print versions What is DC trying to[...]