Classics are, well, classics. They have a special place in both the annals of history and our hearts. Detective Comics #27 is a classic. The comic, which boasts the first appearance of Batman, first appeared in May of 1939 and is one of the most classic covers in all of comics. I’d even say that it is as iconic as Action Comics #1, the first appearance of Superman.
The cover has been replicated, paid homage to, and referenced as many times as Bob Dylan’s “Knocking on Heaven’s Door”.
Fast forward 80 years and Detective Comics is still going strong. The book has enshrined itself as a mainstay in DC’s ever-evolving catalogue of comics and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. As proof of this, the company is getting ready to release the 1000th issue of the book. Only one other DC book has ever reached that milestone.
Online orders begin February 26, 2019, and DC is pulling out the big guns for the release. At its release, the iconic comic will have not one but over sixty variant covers.
While many of them are beautiful tributes to the iconic comic run, none of more beautiful than Alex Ross’s tribute to the book that started it all.
To say that Alex Ross is unique in the world of comics doesn’t do his work justice. As one of the few painters in the medium, his work is instantly identifiable. His brush strokes resemble that of the masters and his control of realism is unheard of. Alex Ross is a legend of the industry and its only fitting that a legend pays tribute to another legend.
The Alex Ross Detective Comics variants are available on his website and have multiple ways for you to get your hands on them.