Gotham City Map Original Art Unique! Famous! Batman Joker
The Famous Gotham City Map. Black Ink on Strathmore Double-Weight Board. Very High Contrast, Clean Work. 23" X 14 1/2" (58.4 cm x 36.8 cm).
Betcha didn't know it was an island - similar to, but not quite like the five boroughs of New York City. Which NYC borough is attached to the mainland! I was brought into the Manhattan offices of DC Comics, where I feverishly took notes of what was to appear.
Yes, you might say, just like in Escape From New York. But unlike even those legendary movie-makers, they didn't have a student of New York City's peculiar underground world to contribute to the cause. But comics did - me.If Batman needed to get into town on the downlow, he could get in using any number of little-known tunnels and tunnel ventilation shafts. But that's not all the stuff I added. I put in analogs of many big cities to round out Gotham. We may never need to visit the different corners of this Gotham. Like NYC, it's large enough to contain multitudes. Which brings me to the reason we're all here. This original piece of artwork can be yours. When you finish laughing, think it over.
A piece of history-sure, local, narrow focused and imaginary - but history nonetheless. This is Gotham City after all, a place most comic readers have set foot in.Alongside various heroes and villains, we have lived with them in this imaginary world. As real to us, sometimes more so! Than the veil of tears you and I are stuck with out here. The Joker schemes and bedevils The Batman -right here! Clayface, Bane, Two-Face - all of them - hard at work - right here! You know where - you've been there many, many times. Know the location of stately Wayne Manor.. Read more about the making of this map in the The Gotham City Map Story.
For the past decade, this has been a part of the "bible" given to most comic artists at DC. It was included as a "bonus" in the novelization of the comic "Cataclysm" storyline: Greg Rucka's Batman No Man's Land. A first edition copy of which will be included in this once-in-a-lifetime purchasing milestone.
I toiled noisily in the comic industry for many years, several decades, doing "tech pages" for Marvel, DC and many other popular comic houses. I brought a keen awareness of screw threads, the lever, the integrated circuit and other matters too technical to mention -to comics. You may have seen my work: The Official Handbook Of The Marvel Universe, The Iron Manual and The Punisher Armory. This artwork was done over-sized, 23" x 14 1/2" (58.4 cm x 36.8 cm), (normal comic these days is on artboard that is 11x17) because it was a big project that needed a lot of detail.The art is basically black ink on Strathmore double-weight board - very high contrast, clean work. I worked hard assembling research material, taking notes, making sketches - so that you, the reader could feel they were there. Needing to go from downtown to up or crosstown to beat traffic. Note that there are no street names and such on the artwork. It is them I blame for not reattaching it. Of course the art will be packed with a piece of plywood, made waterproof and insured for transit. The package will be wrapped in plain brown paper to be made nondescript. The Smithsonian Magazine Article on The Cartographer Who Mapped Out Gotham City. The item "Gotham City Map Original Art Unique! Batman Joker" is in sale since Monday, January 02, 2012. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Comics\Original Comic Art\Other Original Comic Art". The seller is "apinkingston" and is located in Kingston, New York. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America.