Friday Favorites – The Long Halloween (1996) February 10, 2012 – Posted in: Blog, Featured Columns, Friday Favorites – Tags:

Released in October 1996, this limited series ran for 13 incredible issues.  Arguably one of the very greatest Batman tales ever told.

I read the series soon after it was completed, and quite enjoyed it.  I particularly recall enjoying the who-done-it mystery of the Holiday Killer.  That said, after 15 years, I’d forgotten most of the details.

Awhile back I bought the Absolute Batman: The Long Halloween and finally cracked it open last night.

The Absolute edition begins with a short discussion between Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer (writer and directing team behind Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and the upcoming The Dark Knight Rises).  They talk about how The Long Halloween more than any other piece of Batman history inspired their films.  Re-reading the book now, after seeing those films, you can easily see the influence.

But inspiring the greatest Batman films of all time isn’t Long Halloween’s only connection to cinema.  I’d forgotten about the homage to The Godfather that the story opens with.  Carmine Falcone’s nephew is getting married, while Bruce Wayne is in Mr. Falcone’s office.  Instead of “I believe in America” we get “I believe in Gotham City.”  Fantastic!

 

Long Halloween issue 1 page 1

The entire series is cinematic.  Elements of noir are throughout, not only in Tim Sale’s shadow heavy artwork, but has there ever been a better femme fatale than Catwoman?  As this is an art website, let’s look at some of the brilliant original artwork from this amazing series.

Femme Fatale - Catwoman

While I do love Tim Sale’s work, and generally enjoy seeing the original black and white art over the colored work, the color work by Gregory Wright should be mentioned.  His work adds tremendously to the book, keeping the palate subdued throughout, and hitting us with a blast of color when needed.  Bravo Mr. Wright!

Long Halloween Catwoman

Batman Long Halloween

I can’t recommend this book highly enough.  I particularly recommend the Absolute Edition.  It’s leaps and bounds better than the standard trade paperback.  The quality of the printing, the paper stock and the SIZE!  It’s nearly as large as the original artwork was!  It is THE way to read this amazing tale.

 

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