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Original Art Stories: Panel By Panel - Phil Belbin

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Most people are very familiar with John Ryan’s ground-breaking book Panel By Panel and it's very distintive cover, but how many people have ever seen the concept sketch?  Published in 1979, Panel By Panel was the first, and still one of the best, books devoted to the history of comic books in Australia.  Since then other books have come along, notably Comic Books in Australia and New Zealand in 1994 and Bonzer: Australian Comics 1900s – 1990s in 1995.  Ryan was first though and his research is still the yardstick that many people measure themselves upon.  He communicated with many artists and writers and spent years tracking people down.  Just prior to his untimely death in  December 1979 he was still tracking people down and making arrangements to speak and correspond.  There was a personal cost to his research though, but that's a post for another time.
When Cassell, the publishers of Panel By Panel, approached Ryan about the book he had a definite idea of who he wanted to dr…

Oh, That Saucy Batman

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Somehow I'm thinking this one slipped past DC Comics back in the day.  "Holy Fat Saggy Arseholes Batman!"