The Dark Knight Returns and Bat Tats

Though far from my favourite Batman yarn, few can deny the impact made by Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ on the Batman fandom. From the striking art to the complex and gritty plotlines and characters, TDKR was a huge book in its time and continues to influence the way people write about Batman today. And since, at the time, such books came with far fewer forms of merchandising, there were few collectibles made available until much later.

This new set is among them.

Featuring repaints of the distinctive Dark Knight Returns Joker and Batman, this 2-pack of arch-rivals is a great-looking tribute to the graphic novel. The Joker’s grim red lips and the rage etched on Batman’s face have been lifted flawlessly from the book’s pages and make a fine addition to the shelf of any fan or DC Direct collector. They stand about 6 inches tall and come with a prestige, 48-page reprint of the original work.

And for more Batman, check out Batman Tattoos, a blog showcasing any and all bat-tats that their bearers want to offer up. Some are amazing, some will make you shake your head and others are just plain weird, but all are Batman. Take a look. I’ve posted a personal favourite below; click it to visit the site.