Batman & Robin Adventures #7

Saw this online:

Now that’s how you depict the Ventriloquist, someone to whom Scarface is very real, and not real at all, both at the same time, and doesn’t see anything odd about it.
and I really loved that analysis of the character. 

I own this page of original art. I won't say I stole the page from Rick Burchett....per se. But I will say it’s one of the finest examples of storytelling I’ve ever seen. 

It all starts with great writing from Ty Templeton, and without his wonderful script, of course, it's not likely we'd even be talking about it. But the thing that makes it work as staggeringly effectively as it does is that pan down, a pan created entirely by Rick’s judicious use of gutters. It forces the reader to slow down—something difficult to do in comics, and virtually unheard of these days—so the bloody hand, which is the key and obviously there the entire time, isn’t revealed until the third panel. Amazing. Simple yet simply brilliant. 

Also noteworthy is fantastic coloring from Linda Medley. Linda is, of course, the incredible writer/artist/creator of the magnificent Castle Waiting books, but despite that, she colored a number of comics for me in the 90s. (But not nearly enough—never nearly enough. Still and all, I'm grateful she agreed to color any.) 

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