Detective Comics #481 featuring Batman Family, 1978 - The main artists within this dollar sized issue contribute to small sections of the cover, resulting in a less than cohesive effort. Jim Starlin's tale covers a succession of murders, all pointing to some unknown creature. Though adequately paced, the artist's work is thinly delineated on most pages. Don Newton's illustrates both the Robin and Man-Bat features, having more success on the first due to Dan Adkins' terrific inking. The most significant work in the issue by far is Marshall Rogers' lead Batman story. The caped crusader travels to London, where a prominent surgeon threatens to destroy his life-saving research. Rogers' exquisite pages contain distinctively English characters. Modern and traditional aspects of the city are faithfully captured and nicely juxtaposed. Contributing both pencils and inks, Rogers delivers his greatest work. The interior page shown above is by Rogers. Other artists in this issue include Don Heck and Bob Smith. This is number 13 of 13 Detective Comics issues with Rogers art and/or covers, number 2 of 39 Detective Comics issues with Newton art and/or covers and number 1 of 4 Detective Comics issues with Starlin art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Newton, Starlin, Rogers or Detective Comics issues. See also this blog's Rogers checklist, Top 10 Rogers comics, Newton checklist, Starlin checklist or Top 10 Starlin comics.
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Starlin, Rogers, Newton partial front cover = ***
Starlin back cover pencils and inks = ***
"Murder In The Night!" Starlin story pencils (P. Craig Russell inks) 16 pages = **
"Does The Costume Make The Hero?" Newton story pencils (Dan Adkins inks) 12 pages = ***
"The Whittles Snatch" Newton story pencils (Dave Hunt inks) 11 pages = **
"Ticket to Tragedy" Rogers story pencils and inks 16 pages = *****
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