SDCC 2014: Souvenir Book Will Be A Tribute To Batman

With the San Diego Comic Con and this year being the year of the Batman, it makes sense that Jim Lee (known for Batman: Hush) would both pencil and ink the cover for this year’s souvenir book. The cover is a tribute to Batman and his 75 years of being the Dark Knight. This isn’t Jim Lee’s first time designing the Souvenir Book’s cover; he did it back in 2011 with the Justice League being the cover and the Comic Con’s official T-shirt.

Of course 2014 marks three other anniversaries in the Batman universe. They are:

  1. It’s the 100th birthday of writer Bill Finger who wrote many of the character’s adventures, from the earliest stories through the 1960s, and is responsible for such additions to the Bat-legend as Commissioner Gordon, the Batcave, the Batmobile, Gotham City, and Alfred, plus some of the Dark Knight’s most infamous villains.
  2. The 50th anniversary of the “New Look” Batman, which started in 1964 under editor Julius Schwartz and including artist Carmine Infantino’s interpretation of the Caped Crusader. This moved went on to save Detective Comics from possible cancellation.
  3. It’s the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton’s Batman movie, which brought the character back to a whole new audience, in a new and much darker form.

There is going to be a lot to celebrate at this year’s Comic Con.

This year’s Souvenir Book will consist of 224 pages of full color trade paperback. Bad news is that the book will only be available to the registered attendees for SDCC.

The book will also feature tributes to Marvel Comics’ 75th anniversary, Daredevil’s 50th, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ 30th, and much more. This is definitely the year of many anniversaries.


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