THE BAT & PHANTOM DETECTIVE
THE BAT -TRIUMPHANT!
A loooooong time ago,back in the 1980s,Denis Gifford,the late great British comics historian,had seen my preliminary stripwork featuring that British Golden Age slaughter-machine The Iron Warrior. Denis sent some photocopied pages he had featuring another Golden Ager,and a weird one at that -The BAT.
This Bat was created and drawn by William A.Ward,who also drew The Iron Warrior. Ward's Bat must not be confused with the UK Silver Age Occult Avenger named...The Bat!
Initially,The Bat was revived after having been abducted in the 1940s by aliens and found his beloved country under Soviet rule. Those pages are still around somewhere and some were quite violent! However,when I needed a back-up strip for BTCG Adventure in the 1990s I threw out the old pages and re-wrote.
I was slightly bemused at the letters of reaction to the strip -Lee Davis of Mondo became a big fan as did others. But this Bat was a true anti-hero. One reader described the Bat as "a real mean b******!" One pro comic creator who shall keep his anonimity[!] wrote:"I just read the latest Bat episode -****!!!!"
Well 2008 sees the whole story in comic album appear and these pages will,I hope,show you what is in store.
Remember....The Bat -created by WILLIAM A. WARD!!
Below:THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE
THE PHANTOM DETECTIVE was a great Victorian supernatural detective who made his first published appearance in 1985 in BT Adventure no.4 in a Kotar & Sabuta strip.
Paul Brown later drew this strip was was far from happy with it. Now,over 20 years later -I've redrawn it!
The PD introduces some rather scarey tales in Tales From The Black Tower. There are also a series of one page single inter-linking illoes.