Depression Era Batman takes his Bat-jalopy out for a spin

Illustration for article titled Depression Era Batman takes his Bat-jalopy out for a spin

Take a gander at the 1935 version of Batman, defender of Hooverville! Artist Francisco Francavilla has just released some concept art from his mysterious period-piece Batman comic. Check out the Dark Knight's new retro look.

Francavilla revealed these two bat-pieces on his blog, but was still mum about the details:

I have been messing with a Batman story set in the 30s for a while now, and decided to share some of the concept art I have done (above). Especially now with the news coming from ECCC that DC is planning a new season of Wednesday Comics, I feel even more inspired to develop a little more this story, fully packed work schedule permitting. ;)

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Please let that mean we're going to get a 1930s Joker sometime soon!

Illustration for article titled Depression Era Batman takes his Bat-jalopy out for a spin
Illustration for article titled Depression Era Batman takes his Bat-jalopy out for a spin

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There was pre-crisis Batman story I really liked that involved Bruce Wayne losing all his assets, his home, and subsequently access to all of his Batcave equipment.

Bruce ended up living on the streets for a spin with his Batsuit, a barely-equipped utility belt, and just enough money to buy a hot plate and a can of beans, and he camped out in the belfry of a church and, then, I'm pretty sure he moved in with Gotham's vagrant population.

I would love to see a modern-Batman take on that premise.