I saw this panel and did a mental double-take: Batman shooting a vampire in the face with a silver bullet? Let me repeat that: Batman shoots a vampire in the face with a silver bullet! How could I **NOT** do a remake of that panel?
The original by Bob Kane, from "Detective Comics" #42.
For fun, here's the process...
I then scanned the painting into my computer with some minor adjustments in PhotoShop.
STEP THREE: I started putting in more highlights and shadows. I also did some corrections to the picture, as well as adding the gun shot (which seems a little bright, now that I look at it again. Oh, well...)
This was done with gouache on Arches Hot Press watercolor paper measuring about 5" x 8" and colorized in PhotoShop.
If I ever find a spare moment, I may have to do a recreation of the entire page in the future. It is just that crazy/weird/fun! Here's the page:
Highlights of the page include:
- Batman peeking around a door to check on a sleeping woman in a semi-creepy fashion.
- Batman melting down a silver statue with a **CANDLE** (maybe an oil lamp or bunsen burner?) to make silver bullets. Considering the melting point of silver is a little over 1,700 degrees F (over 960 degrees C), bunsen burners--let alone candles and oil lamps--generally don't get hot enough to melt silver. Here's an interesting article about someone who tried to cast silver bullets...
- Silver bullets killing vampire? Werewolves, sure. Vampires? That was a new one on me. [A little research on the internet shows that apparently they can--it's a little archaic, but it was believed to kill vampires. I guess that's why he's The God Damn Batman and I'm just a doofus posting pictures on the Internets.]
- Batman methodically walking through a crypt and shooting the lead vampire in the face. Again, let me repeat that for emphasis: BATMAN SHOOTING A VAMPIRE IN THE FACE!
- Batman getting the girl at the end, only to fly off to the next adventure in the next panel.