Monday, November 23, 2015

The Copy From 20,000 Fathoms!

Batman #104 from the early fall of 1956 sure sports a title and a monster which is weirdly familiar. Sheldon Moldoff produced this exotic and peculiar cover which reduces Batman and Robin to miniatures  in the face of a monstrous undersea threat.

Here's the splash page from "The Creature from 20,000 Fathoms" which was written by Bill Finger, one of Batman's co-creators though tragically you will not see his name anywhere on the pages of these comics. The artwork here is by Sheldon Moldoff on pencils and Charles Paris on inks.

Doubtless this story was inspired by The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, the movie which kicked off the wave of radioactive monster flicks when it was released in 1953.

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