Ever wondered what the exact Pantone shade of Batman’s cowl is (circa 1980)? How about Superman’s skin? Or perhaps what parts, exactly, are visible in Wonder Woman’s invisible jet? Well look no further, because legendary DC artist Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez has you covered. He posted the 1982 DC Comics Style Guide on his Facebook page today.
The Style Guide is an incredibly rare collectible item that offers unique insight into the inner workings of the house that brought you Batman, Wonder Woman, and Bizzarro. The cheapest one I could find on eBay is going for $500. It’s an interesting look back on a classic era of DC comics, heavily influencing the style of certain house books like 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Some of these images are very interesting, albeit nonsensical. Check out Bruce Wayne pulling a Clark Kent:
Wonder Woman’s invisible jet is more transparent than invisible:
Other images are just plain dated (although it looks like Superman was Metron before Batman was):
Finally some of these images are just plainly awesome, giving us looks at the DC universe we don’t see in most comics of the age:
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