Every month on my home blog Every Day Is Like Wednesday, I do posts about DC and Marvel’s solicitation information that I call “preview reviews” (I just did posts on the two publishers’ January plans, which you can see here and here, if you’re interested—give me your clicks!).
Waaaayyyyy back in May, in a post on DC’s August solicitations, I noted that Batman and Robin #15 (which apparently originally intended to ship August 25, but didn’t actually land in shops until yesterday, October 20), had a cover image that seemed a good candidate for alteration prior to publication:
At the time, I wrote:
I’ll be curious to see if this cover actually makes it on the comics rack as is, or if someone somewhere decides they’d rather not have an upside down cross on the cover of a Batman comic.
In fact, I was so sure that it would end up being changed that I cut-and-pasted the solicited cover image to my desktop in May, and there it has sat since, in case they did change it and I wanted to do a post about it.
Well, it turns out the upside down cross didn’t make the cut after all:
This isn’t the first time someone somewhere at DC thought better of a cover image between the time it was first solicited and the time it went on sale, of course.
Other recent-ish examples include Superman and his dad drinking something that someone might mistake as beer on the cover of Action Comics…
…and Batman’s hand being too close to a woman’s breast on the cover of an issue of Superman/Batman...
Are there future covers likely to get the spike? I’m kind of hoping someone somewhere thinks, “Hey, do we really wanna publish this head shot of a dude projectile vomiting and weeping blood?”
In the name of good tastes more so than out of fear of a Christian group of parent’s group raising an objection. This Batman: The Dark Knight cover seems the most likely to cause future concern though…
…on the logic that Batman and breasts just don’t mix.