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Detective Comics #399 Cover Recreation by dalgoda7 Detective Comics #399 Cover Recreation by dalgoda7
This is something I've been wanting to try for a while - a straight recreation (as opposed to the mash-up cover recreations I've done in the past) of the cover of one of the comics that helped change me into a comic fan as a kid.

In this case, Detective Comics #399

The original cover was created by Neal Adams, copyright DC Comics.  This is one of a bunch of early Bronze Age covers I'd seen in the Bonanza book, Batman from the 30s to the 70s - and had always fascinated me.  For years, I thought that Commissioner Gordon had been transformed into some kind of giant, since his hand was SO BIG in the foreground.

Here is the original cover:
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NRGComics Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Professional Writer
So this is the comic that got you interested in comics huh? That's awesome!

Do you take request? I would like to see you do the cover of the comic seres that got me into comics.
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dalgoda7 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah, this cover plus a bunch of other covers from that time period, I had a big Batman retrospective hardcover I got in ... 1978 or so, pretty much made me a Bats fan for life. :)

I tend to do cover recreations that have some key importance to me, or strike my fancy in some way, rather than doing requests... but you never know, the comic you have in mind may strike my fancy.  :)   What issue were you thinking about?
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NRGComics Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Professional Writer
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I've always been into superheroes and comics, but Runaways was the series the opened my eyes to the storys and wonder  of comics. This is where my comic book journey began.
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dalgoda7 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ahh, I'm more of a fan of silver & bronze age line art (60s to early 80s), although this is a cool cover!
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NRGComics Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017  Professional Writer
Oh well, I took a shot. Thanks for your time!
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HeySerdna Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
So Good! Nice Ode to a great!
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dalgoda7 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! 
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Morganza Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh baby! That's the stuff right there!
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dalgoda7 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!  Those late 300s/early 400s Adams 'Tec covers were just incredible as a group, weren't they?
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curtsibling Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Back when Batman was a modern day Sherlock Holmes...I miss him when he had a brain and wasn't an edgelord.

Freaking great art, man!
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dalgoda7 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks, Curt!  I'd always thought trying to replicate Adams' inks would be super tough, but they are pretty silky with nice smooth strokes, compared to trying to ink like George Perez, which is crazy hard to do with a brush.

Bronze-age Bats is my favorite... Adams, Novick, Rogers, Aparo...
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curtsibling Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You are a man of impeccable taste!

PS
Are you available for inkwork commission at the moment?
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dalgoda7 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank ye, sahr!

PS - possibly, what did you have in mind?  Note me!
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curtsibling Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I shall soon, sir! :)
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Jaymzeecat Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's really nice! Did you do any of the lettering digitally or is it all hand inked?
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dalgoda7 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!  I do these completely with ink on bristol, no pasteups.  For the logos/lettering/trade dress, I use a ruler and french curve with Pitt pens.  The rest is brush & ink.

They're great inking exercises, and I have a small gallery in my hallway to display the latest ones so I can pretend I have a bunch of original covers. ;)
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Jaymzeecat Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome! Great job!
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