Thursday, August 26, 2010

Joker & Lex

This came out yesterday so I can finally post the black and white art for this incredibly fun little short Azzarello and I did. Wish I could take credit for the idea, but that's all Brian. Who can say no when someone calls you up and asks you do do Joker and Lex Luthor in the style of Calvin and Hobbes?!? Gotta say, kudos to the folks at DC for letting us do this and do it right. It's not something people expect from Brian and I, and you have to give credit to the editors who looked at these pages when they came in and didn't immediately think something was rotten in Denmark. So here's a special thank you to Eddie Berganza, Rex Ogle, and Jim Lee for getting our backs with this.

The best thing about doing something like this is the opportunity to pull out the brush and just let it talk for you. No need to clutter things up with rendering or ink wash. Trish Mulvihill did a fantastic job of keeping this simple in color as well. I think the thing this strip does best is showcase Brian's sense of humor and ability to say a lot with very little. Thought about posting the lettered version here, but then my evil, capitalistic instincts kicked in and I realized people should go out and buy the damn thing to get the full effect ,)


  1. Lee, this is really fantastic. The highlight of the issue for me.I don't suppose the lettered version is for sale?

  2. Hey mr Bermejo, that looks a-mazing! Where was the full version published?

  3. I really love this! Time to get over to the local comic shop and pick up Superman/Batman 75.

  4. this was the best part of the issue. i really loved the story and the art. you should print this as a poster or something

  5. I'll buy the original if you're selling it. :D

  6. Hey Lee great C&H homage! You nailed the look! :-)

    Watterson would be proud!

    One picky comment:I thought the coloring (as seen on FB of Buzz) seemed too dark and saturated. Wanted to take a crack it myself (put up or shut up). Do you have a higher res version I could would from?