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Batman is my all-time favorite superhero. He's "just a man" who raised himself to the level of commanding respect and admiration of super-powered beings by his own efforts. And he keeps on going … and going. Batman is "Man as Superman," by the power of his own will and desire. The best he can be and then some. Batman is a man worthy to walk among the gods. Man as scientist, creator, inventor, fighter, moralist. Man as a force for Good. Batman is also one of the richest men in the world! If I wrote Batman, I'd make use of this concept. Batman is man at his best, period. My ideas for Batman are still far beyond the trite, generic creation he - or rather, his franchise - has become. But limited minds are always condemned to limited forms of expression. My Batman is not a scared, helpless, traumatized little boy at heart. He's the man who has overcome all that, including juvenile thoughts of revenge. My Batman would be really scary. He'd have no psychological scars to cripple him and make him more "identifiable." My Batman would be an incredible engine of pure will-power - a force capable of enormous destructive and constructive energy, held in absolute control by a man you absolutely trust to be a force for good. Kinda like Bruce Lee in his movies - an absolutely lethal killer that you know you can trust implicitly, but he still scares the shit out of you in real life. I guess now I know why I like Bruce Lee so much.
So, yeah, I like Batman.
--Trevor Von Eeden
BATMAN Annual #8, 1982, written by Mike W. Barr, colored by Lynn Varley.
BATMAN #347, May 1982, written by Roger Slifer, inked by Pablo Marcos. Although this was only Von Eeden's second time drawing the Batman (a 4 page back up in Detective comics #507, October 1981 was the first).
THE DIFFERENCE THAT FOUR YEARS MAKES
Compare these two Batman pages. The one at the top appeared in Batman #347 (May 1982). The one at the bottom appeared in Batman #401 (November 1986). The development and growth in the art is clear to see and at first glance the two pages appear to have been drawn by two different artists. The only real difference is that the top page was inked by Pablo Marcos and the bottom was both penciled and inked by Trevor.
BATMAN #401, November 1986, written by Barbara J. Randall (Kesel).
Around this time Frank Miller made contact with Trevor and offered him the art chores for the forthcoming Batman: Year One. "...Frank had called me in person to offer me the Batman: Year One job, before giving it to Mazzuchelli... I said, "No." And I have no regrets - Dave did a beautiful job. His wife [Richmond Lewis] colored it, too." It's interesting to wonder how the book would have looked with Trevor's then expressionistic pencils, but, alas, some things are never meant to be.
Trevor Von Eeden, Russell Braun and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez: Legends of the Dark Knight #17, page 17
This was one of the most talked about storylines of it's time revolving around Batman using performance enhancing drugs in order to gain an edge on his enemies. The drug in question, Venom, would later be used to enhance the villian Bane, who would ultimately bring about the downfall of Batman. "I supplied very tight light pencils (at Andy Helfer's request)," says Trevor, "which the actual assigned penciller, Russell Braun literally traced over, before it was inked by Jose Louis Garcia-Lopez (who told me that he'd seen my original drawings, and had tried to remain faithful to them, in the inks.) Personally, I thought that he did a great job."
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Unpublished pencil page for World's Finest #305
WORLD'S FINEST #305, July 1984, written by David Anthony Kraft, inked by Pablo Marcos.