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Bill Sienkiewicz Batman #400 Cover

Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz (All)

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Bill Sienkiewicz Batman #400 Cover Comic Art

 

   

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Title: Bill Sienkiewicz Batman #400 Cover
Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz (All)
Media Type: Mixed Media
Art Type: Cover
For Sale Status: NFS
Views: 5,179
Likes on CAF:
Favorited on CAF: 6
Comments: 88
Added to Site: 2/28/2014
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Sienkiewicz's art wasn't love at first sight for me. I first saw some of his artwork on New Mutants and frankly, I did not get it at all. It was abstract, wild and for this 12-13 year old....it made no sense when I compared it to the art of John Byrne, Art Adams, Frank Miller, etc...

This issue had a publication date of October 1986. I remember seeing it and picking up the comic just because it was an anniversary issue. It certainly helped that the image was so striking. The big figure of Batman front and center, and all the villains creatively incorporated in the painting and set against the blue background was very, very memorable.

What was also neat about this comic was that this painting was published as the front and back cover to Batman 400. The back cover printed this original painting you see here minus the DC logo and cover dressing. I remember just staring at it and realizing that this was done by Bill Sienkiewicz!!!! The same artist who was doing New Mutants and whom I decided was too weird for my taste. LOL.

The comic itself was a huge treat --- Batman 400 showcased some of the very best talent working in comics in the 80s...Bolland, Art Adams, Perez, Byrne, etc.

This is a true cornerstone piece in my collection and one that I still cannot believe I own.

Eternal thanks and gratitude to the seller for entrusting me with this. Of course, to Mitch, thank you for facilitating the sale!!!!

Addendum: I will try and post more images of the painting due to a few requests.

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LB Jefferies
Member Since 2003

Posted on 2/28/2014

So glad you finally posted this one, Joe! I can't think of a better Sienkiewicz piece for your collection. Even with all the quality art you've picked up over the years you still must've been bouncing off the walls when you opened this sucker up.

Dean Abraham
Member Since 2008

Posted on 2/28/2014

KILLER!!!!!!!!!!!!

Will Tervay
Member Since 2005

Posted on 2/28/2014

Dude, you're killing me. What a great piece. Thanks for sharing!

Dan Jerome
Member Since 2009

Posted on 2/28/2014

One of the absolute best Sienkiewicz covers ever made. I admire it as much today as I did back then.

Wesley L
Member Since 2009

Posted on 2/28/2014

Awesome! One of the all time great Sienkiewicz covers.

Ronan Killack
Member Since 2008

Posted on 2/28/2014

Unreal piece from Mr. Sienkiewicz...weird that it is in your gallery :)

Israel Collado Sanchez
Member Since 2010

Posted on 2/28/2014

Fantastic!!!

I D
Member Since 2004

Posted on 2/28/2014

Cream of the crop. This is Bill Sienkiewicz at his height, with the perfect combination of character and vintage. It just can't get any better!

M,B The collector
Member Since 2008

Posted on 2/28/2014

Woooooooooooooow Wooow Really fantastic !!!!!!!!!!

Felix  Lu
Member Since 2005

Posted on 2/28/2014

That's beautiful.

Jonathan Mueller
Member Since 2005

Posted on 2/28/2014

ohhhh, Now were talking! I'm loving this Joe, as I'm sure you are as well! Congrats and thanks for sharing!

Matt S
Member Since 2006

Posted on 2/28/2014

Sometimes Bill's work is so "Bob Peakish". i assume Peak came first, but i'm not sure. Tremendous Piece!

Scott Williams
Member Since 2004

Posted on 2/28/2014

Your updates are always a treat Joe, but this one is one of my absolute favorites, which is saying a lot when you consider some of your updates! I can't think of a Sienkiewicz piece I would want more than this. Just stunning.

Chris C
Member Since 2004

Posted on 2/28/2014

Ok...this is special. Amongst several special pieces this is really special.

Simon M.
Member Since 2003

Posted on 2/28/2014

I think I'm going to keep on looking at this one for a while longer...

Mike W
Member Since 2007

Posted on 2/28/2014

Words fail me....

Suat Tong Ng
Member Since 2009

Posted on 2/28/2014

Very impressive and a huge shot of nostalgia as well.

Mike B
Member Since 2008

Posted on 2/28/2014

Amazing!!! Congrats Joe

Lance Suarez
Member Since 2004

Posted on 2/28/2014

classic cover and beautiful colors

Satya Chetri
Member Since 2006

Posted on 2/28/2014

Crazy good!

Duane Murray
Member Since 2005

Posted on 2/28/2014

WHAT?!?!? WHAT??? WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?! WHAT? WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?

Ken Fries
Member Since 2006

Posted on 2/28/2014

Stunning. Love this piece, and the book it's the cover to as well. I must be right around your age, maybe add a couple years, and I had similar feelings about Sienkiewicz' work at first as well. Think I was already a fan at this point but if I wasn't, it sure helped! Amazing piece to add to your already fantastic collection...have you opened your own museum yet?

Raymond Bryan
Member Since 2011

Posted on 2/28/2014

Just love this!! Truly excellent!! Congrats on Sinkiewicz at his best!

Lloyd White
Member Since 2007

Posted on 2/28/2014

Magnificent!!

J W
Member Since 2012

Posted on 2/28/2014

A gem -- congrats Joe.

J. Sid
Member Since 2004

Posted on 2/28/2014

WOW! One of my favorite pieces in your collection.

X C
Member Since 2010

Posted on 3/1/2014

This truly is a WOW!!! piece, Congrats on this amazing addition Joe.

Jeff Singh
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/1/2014

Great to see this up in your gallery. When you mentioned it to me, I couldn't wait to see a picture. This is amazing in so many ways. Bill at his most memorable and best. If there was one Sienkiewicz piece that fit in your collection perfectly, this would be it. Congratulations on acquiring it.

Eric DLS
Member Since 2005

Posted on 3/1/2014

It's always great to score something you've always wanted. I'm so happy you were able to add this to your collection. Congrats Joe!

Mark Levy
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/1/2014

So memorable, congrats!

Shelton  Bryant
Member Since 2005

Posted on 3/1/2014

Brilliant!!!!

Alkis V.
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/1/2014

it doesn't get any better than this ... congratulations!!

Gal Schwartz
Member Since 2005

Posted on 3/1/2014

Seriously - the best thing since the sandwich (it rhymes better with Sienkiewicz than sliced bread) !! Easily one of the all-time best Batman covers and my most favorite piece by Sienkiewicz ! Congrats on this epic piece !

Carlos P.
Member Since 2008

Posted on 3/1/2014

Absolutely awesome piece!!!!!

TIM TOWNSEND
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/1/2014

Oh no you didn't......(jaw hits floor)

George O
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/1/2014

Tremendous acquisition. Congrats!

Filmore W. Bedwick
Member Since 2003

Posted on 3/1/2014

I remember being Amazed by this cover and issue!!! Great catch!!!

Lee Benaka
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/1/2014

I'm sure this is mind-blowingly stunning in person. Congrats on landing a piece that is so special to you, Joe!

Imran A
Member Since 2011

Posted on 3/1/2014

Just magnificent!

Horacio Alvarez
Member Since 2008

Posted on 3/1/2014

Amazing Joe....AMAZING ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

Jonathan H
Member Since 2005

Posted on 3/1/2014

This is awesome!!!! Congrats!!

levi jacob
Member Since 2007

Posted on 3/1/2014

Fantastic. I loved that cover when the book came out. Its been a favorite ever since.

Chris Hill
Member Since 2005

Posted on 3/1/2014

jumpin' jehosaphat! one of his masterworks...congratulations!

Ivan Costa
Member Since 2008

Posted on 3/1/2014

Grail pieces hands down. Glad to know it's in such a wonderful collection. Congrats!

George 1
Member Since 2011

Posted on 3/1/2014

Just wow...............leave some for the rest of us Joe lol.

bob fish
Member Since 2011

Posted on 3/2/2014

Just Stunning ! Thank's for sharing

John Cogan
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/2/2014

Killer+awesome+fantastic+beautiful+amazing+crazy good+magnificent+brilliant = best of the best. Congrats on another major score, Joe! I've often wondered where this piece has been. Nice to know its in good hands now.

Dominic Miritello
Member Since 2013

Posted on 3/2/2014

Compared to the artists other pieces it merely looks as if the artist was incredibly lazy with this one. Batman looks as if he is about to crap his pants. On top of that his body has absolutely no shape, the line that incorporates his shoulders shows that. If the artist was going for a deformed monstrosity Batman then bravo, you nailed it. The rest of the painting consists of crudely painted characters. The only think that has somewhat of a redeeming factor is perhaps the coloring, and the historical value. It really isn't pretty to look at by any means, but if you believe otherwise then enjoy it.

Fabio C.
Member Since 2005

Posted on 3/3/2014

masterpiece!

Neil  Hill
Member Since 2006

Posted on 3/4/2014

Joe, you just keep the hits coming!! Gorgeous painting.

Dermot D
Member Since 2012

Posted on 3/4/2014

WoW...this is truly Outstanding!!!

Ken & Trevor Brennan
Member Since 2011

Posted on 3/5/2014

I totally agree with everything that the guy a few posts above said....in fact, I'd be happy to dispose of this 'monstrosity' for you in an enviromentally sound manner. So if you could just post it over to me that would be great!

I D
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/5/2014

Dominic Miritello wrote:

Compared to the artists other pieces it merely looks as if the artist was incredibly lazy with this one. Batman looks as if he is about to crap his pants. On top of that his body has absolutely no shape, the line that incorporates his shoulders shows that. If the artist was going for a deformed monstrosity Batman then bravo, you nailed it. The rest of the painting consists of crudely painted characters. The only think that has somewhat of a redeeming factor is perhaps the coloring, and the historical value. It really isn't pretty to look at by any means, but if you believe otherwise then enjoy it.

ASSHOLE

Scott Williams
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/5/2014

Dominic Miritello wrote:

Compared to the artists other pieces it merely looks as if the artist was incredibly lazy with this one. Batman looks as if he is about to crap his pants. On top of that his body has absolutely no shape, the line that incorporates his shoulders shows that. If the artist was going for a deformed monstrosity Batman then bravo, you nailed it. The rest of the painting consists of crudely painted characters. The only think that has somewhat of a redeeming factor is perhaps the coloring, and the historical value. It really isn't pretty to look at by any means, but if you believe otherwise then enjoy it.

You know the old saying "ignorance is bliss"? Well Dominic, you must be one of the happiest guys on the planet. Inspired review. Thanks for the good laugh.

Ruben DaCollector
Member Since 2008

Posted on 3/6/2014

After 20 years of internet, this thing FINALLY rears its beautiful head?! It's goddamned about time! Where the hell was it hidden anyway?

Joshua McCoy
Member Since 2013

Posted on 3/6/2014

The only thing more amazing than this piece of art is the English language, it allowed both I D and Scott Williams to express the exact same sentiment in strikingly different manners.

Jeff Singh
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/6/2014

Dominic Miritello wrote:

Compared to the artists other pieces it merely looks as if the artist was incredibly lazy with this one. Batman looks as if he is about to crap his pants. On top of that his body has absolutely no shape, the line that incorporates his shoulders shows that. If the artist was going for a deformed monstrosity Batman then bravo, you nailed it. The rest of the painting consists of crudely painted characters. The only think that has somewhat of a redeeming factor is perhaps the coloring, and the historical value. It really isn't pretty to look at by any means, but if you believe otherwise then enjoy it.

I would disagree. The choices Bill made were calculated. Given this comic came out the same year as Miller's Dark Knight did, this was a different and wildly radical approach to drawing Batman. At the time, no one else would have been this experimental in imagery and technique. Only on looking back at something like this and all the art that has come after that was influenced by the boundaries Sienkiewicz shattered are you able to further appreciate what a break through piece this was. I am a huge fan of Sienkiewicz but there are many pieces by him that I can find fault with and may not like, but this is not one of those. Iconic, revolutionary and influential.

Ron Sonenthal
Member Since 2007

Posted on 3/6/2014

That's exactly what I was going to say!! Congrats Joe, this is a world class cover to add to a world class collection.

Gene Park
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/7/2014

Jeff Singh wrote:

I would disagree. The choices Bill made were calculated. Given this comic came out the same year as Miller's Dark Knight did, this was a different and wildly radical approach to drawing Batman. At the time, no one else would have been this experimental in imagery and technique. Only on looking back at something like this and all the art that has come after that was influenced by the boundaries Sienkiewicz shattered are you able to further appreciate what a break through piece this was. I am a huge fan of Sienkiewicz but there are many pieces by him that I can find fault with and may not like, but this is not one of those. Iconic, revolutionary and influential.

Totally agree with this, Jeff. Like Joe, Sienkiewicz's art confused my young brain and I wasn't a fan at first, but I quickly grew to appreciate his art. We take stylized comic art like this for granted nowadays, but, back in the day, it was, as you said, "revolutionary and influential". Great cover!

Chris C
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/7/2014

Dominic Miritello wrote:

Compared to the artists other pieces it merely looks as if the artist was incredibly lazy with this one. Batman looks as if he is about to crap his pants. On top of that his body has absolutely no shape, the line that incorporates his shoulders shows that. If the artist was going for a deformed monstrosity Batman then bravo, you nailed it. The rest of the painting consists of crudely painted characters. The only think that has somewhat of a redeeming factor is perhaps the coloring, and the historical value. It really isn't pretty to look at by any means, but if you believe otherwise then enjoy it.

If this is how you judge artwork, strictly upon technical factors (10 toes? check...10 fingers? check), might I suggest you look only at a copy of Gray's Anatomy...you'll find everything well represented to your liking there. As for this piece of art, you couldn't have missed the point and significance of it more if that was actually your goal, the chances taken by Sienk on this cover, and the lasting impact it has had on the hobby, collecting public, and fans in general seem to outweigh complaints of how challenged Batman's bowel tract regularity may or may not have been in the execution of this piece.

J L
Member Since 2005

Posted on 3/7/2014

Thank you everyone for the nice comments. To Jeff, Chris C, Gene Park-- your eloquence in your posts is much appreciated!!!! And to Dominic-- you don't like this painting. Certainly, you are entitled to your opinion. However, was it necessary to make the post sound like a personal criticism of my own taste?

Alan N
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/7/2014

J L wrote:

Thank you everyone for the nice comments. To Jeff, Chris C, Gene Park-- your eloquence in your posts is much appreciated!!!! And to Dominic-- you don't like this painting. Certainly, you are entitled to your opinion. However, was it necessary to make the post sound like a personal criticism of my own taste?

Awesome piece! You certainly have great taste, I would kill for this one! Congrat!

etienne  estorge
Member Since 2008

Posted on 3/7/2014

Joe, this is by far my favorite piece in your ridiculously awesome collection. Thanks so much for sharing this gem. When I grow up I want my collection to be like yours!!! Etienne-

Jeremy Radisich
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/8/2014

What would an idiot like ID have have said about Picasso? Please, this is an awesome, challenging work of art.

J L
Member Since 2005

Posted on 3/8/2014

Jeremy Radisich wrote:

What would an idiot like ID have have said about Picasso? Please, this is an awesome, challenging work of art.

hi Jeremy--- ID isn't the one saying slamming the painting. Dominic Miritello, who has no caf gallery to share, is the one dogging the piece.

Jeremy Radisich
Member Since 2004

Posted on 3/8/2014

J L wrote:

hi Jeremy--- ID isn't the one saying slamming the painting. Dominic Miritello, who has no caf gallery to share, is the one dogging the piece.

Yes, my bad--sorry ID, read it all too quickly.

Nicolaj Borch
Member Since 2012

Posted on 3/8/2014

J L wrote:

hi Jeremy--- ID isn't the one saying slamming the painting. Dominic Miritello, who has no caf gallery to share, is the one dogging the piece.

The one who is dogging this piece shows no real interest in understanding what a great breakthrough this cover was, and the historic fact that some of the biggest pieces of art only shows its true greatness through time...(maybe not to a 9 year old) And how he even found his way and bothered to comment at all is to me a riddle??? Congrats with this Great historic beauty Joe!

Brooklyn Art
Member Since 2010

Posted on 3/8/2014

Dominic Miritello wrote:

Compared to the artists other pieces it merely looks as if the artist was incredibly lazy with this one. Batman looks as if he is about to crap his pants. On top of that his body has absolutely no shape, the line that incorporates his shoulders shows that. If the artist was going for a deformed monstrosity Batman then bravo, you nailed it. The rest of the painting consists of crudely painted characters. The only think that has somewhat of a redeeming factor is perhaps the coloring, and the historical value. It really isn't pretty to look at by any means, but if you believe otherwise then enjoy it.

Comedy relies on many things, and while you certainly prove you have the vocabulary and observational skills to be an aspiring comedian, your timing needs works. You really missed an opportunity here, with April 1st just around the corner. Those kind of details though come with practice. Keep at it. You're showing real promise!

Stanton  Singh
Member Since 2012

Posted on 3/8/2014

Joe and others. Great art inspires interpretation. It leaves things to imagination. It inspires debate. ...As it has here! While this piece doesn't speak to me much, it is now undeniable how influential it is. Thank you Dominic for your contribution to the debate. Joe, thank you for your contribution to CAF. Sienk, thank you for your contribution to art.

Stanton  Singh
Member Since 2012

Posted on 3/8/2014

Stanton Singh wrote:

Joe and others. Great art inspires interpretation. It leaves things to imagination. It inspires debate. ...As it has here! While this piece doesn't speak to me much, it is now undeniable how influential it is. Thank you Dominic for your contribution to the debate. Joe, thank you for your contribution to CAF. Sienk, thank you for your contribution to art.

If I may also add... I do not condone 'how' Dominic Miritello commented. While it sparked a debate, it isn't how this community works. Joe, one thing I know is that your collection and your taste is not up for debate. Thank you for continually entertaining us with great pieces of art.

S S
Member Since 2005

Posted on 3/10/2014

Phenomenal cover!!! I recall loving this cover so much I bought two copies of it when it came out. Was it really that long ago?!?! Enjoy this one Joe! Thanks for sharing it with us!

- Artemaria
Member Since 2007

Posted on 3/13/2014

Great cover. While I love all things Neal Adams, and loved Sienkiewicz as an Adams clone, he became a better artist when he developed his own identity. A great known character cover by a great unique voice in comic artdom. Congratulations, couldn't have gone to a nice guy!

Alex B
Member Since 2008

Posted on 3/13/2014

Congrats for this insanely cool score : one of the 80's defining covers and a true masterpiece !

naqam washington
Member Since 2010

Posted on 3/19/2014

Amazing!!!

Johan Tudts
Member Since 2008

Posted on 3/30/2014

Masterpiece, huge congrats ! Btw, I like the : don't bother asking ! +++

Jason Versaggi
Member Since 2005

Posted on 4/17/2014

One of the most classic images from the era I started collecting. Fantastic piece.

Jonathan Wayshak
Member Since 2010

Posted on 11/17/2014

Please, if you could, post a highres version of this painting. I absolutely love it! BTW, I check your page often. A truly amazing collection. Best! Jon

Greg G
Member Since 2004

Posted on 12/28/2014

J L wrote:

Thank you everyone for the nice comments. To Jeff, Chris C, Gene Park-- your eloquence in your posts is much appreciated!!!! And to Dominic-- you don't like this painting. Certainly, you are entitled to your opinion. However, was it necessary to make the post sound like a personal criticism of my own taste?

Joe, Your taste is impeccable, and this masterpiece of modern comics by Sienkievicz is further proof of that. Big congrats on this piece as well as your collection as a whole; one of the absolute best on CAF. I always look forward to your updates; keep 'em comin'!

Mike D
Member Since 2004
Forum Moderator

Posted on 2/7/2015

One of my fave covers from my youth and one of the very best Sienk covers! Congrats Joe - great taste as always buddy!

artless artmore
Member Since 2013

Posted on 2/13/2015

This has so much style! Sienkiewicz is just phenomenal

josh gray
Member Since 2008

Posted on 4/3/2015

too cool

G. C.
Member Since 2006

Posted on 11/11/2015

Stunning !! Sienkiewicz's works from the 90's are fantastic !! Congrats again Joe !

Phillip R
Member Since 2010

Posted on 12/23/2015

I had the same reaction to Sienkiewicz's work at first. But wow, do I think this is this a magnificent piece now!

Matt W
Member Since 2009

Posted on 4/23/2017

OMG!

Rick W
Member Since 2017

Posted on 7/4/2017

I loved Sienkiewicz art right from the start. Wonderfully memorable cover!

comicinkking. com
Member Since 2004

Posted on 10/29/2017

Late to the party! Thought I commented on this, but that was when someone posted it to Facebook. Anyway, this piece is awesome - one of those images that will be burned into my brain forever. The square cape makes me smile every time! Bill is a genius, and not just an amazing comic book artist, but an amazing ARTIST period. Kudos to you for picking up this masterpiece! (p.s. can't you delete that comment by DM? Nobody needs to see that nonsense.

S Riz
Member Since 2014

Posted on 12/1/2017

This cover is just too awesome! Congrats J L!

Marc W
Member Since 2014

Posted on 12/8/2017

Pure perfection!

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