Frank's new cover for the 30th anniversary edition of Sin City.
It's all right, but not his best work.
Now a while back I mentioned that my friend got a very, very good Marv sketch as a commission. In my opinion, it's even better than the new 30th cover. I've seen it posted elsewhere, so he's OK with it being posted. I'm very much looking forward to seeing this in person:
Compared to the other stuff Frank churns out for commission (and we're talking BIG BIG ASS money here) I'd say my buddy won the jackpot. A lot of people ended up with a sloppy mess but it looks like Frank really put some time and effort into this one.
Frank Miller' references to the other Dark Knight, ...ZORRO!
From Year One - written by Frank Miller , illustrated by David Mazzucchelli
."..,years since Zorro, ...the Mark of Zorro, ...since all sense left my life."
Zorro becomes the last idealized thing Bruce saw, as an innocent...
DKR , where Miller first reinforced Zorro as the movie/character and last ideal before his life is irrevocably changed forever, the archetype he then again falls back on (combined with his own totem animal) as a means to reinvent himself.
As far as I know Miller only drew Zorro once, yet what an homage!
Wayne having left his masked persona behind, now a self described "hollow shell".
That night, triggered by his childhood memory, he once used to own his fear , and reinvent himself...
triggering his symbolic "baptism" a sequence of lightning and rain culminating in him being "born again" as a familiar creature of the night.
Towards the end .. after a nuke wipes out all electronics and modern gadgetry, symbolically plunging Gotham into the past, he is forced to revert to the rawest form, the pure, primal archetype- that inspired him as a kid. ...reemerging from the cave, lightning striking, riding a black horse through a Gotham, plunged into archaic darkness.
If that wasn't subtle enough....
DK2 Strikes Again ..."Leaves his mark. Why it's a "Z" I can't guess. Must mean something to him."
While traditionally the man who blames and pursues Zorro endlessly for permanently scarring his face, is reflected in the Joker. Here in this dystopian future it's placed on Lex Luthor, more closely paralleling the classic totalitarian nemesis, to Zorro as guardian of the oppressed. .
Another, less known and sadly not celebrated or ever acknowledged in the comicsphere fandom , is possibly the first female lead masked adventuring heroine film, before Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Catwoman, Elektra, Captain Marvel, or Black Widow films, was Zorro's Black Whip....