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Batman & Robin by Tim Burton (May 1988)

Artist: Tim Burton (All)

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Batman & Robin by Tim Burton (May 1988) Comic Art
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Artwork Details

Title: Batman & Robin by Tim Burton (May 1988)
Artist: Tim Burton (All)
Media Type: Colored Pencils
Art Type: Illustration
Views: 12,247
Likes on CAF:
Favorited on CAF: 2
Comments: 20
Added to Site: 12/29/2007
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This is one of my absolute favorite pieces of art, a finished drawing from a true grail artist - the amazing Tim Burton. I don't think anyone draws quite like him:)

Although he had done Pee Wee's Big Adventure and Beetlejuice, Burton really rose to A-list prominence when he helmed the 1989 Batman movie with Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson.

On that film he worked with production designer Anton Furst to create Gotham City, which won Furst an Academy Award for Art Direction/Set Design.

During this time Tim and Anton became good friends, and for Anton's birthday Tim drew this Batman and Robin in colored pencil(May 6, 1988).

Source: This piece appeared on foreign eBay with a high price and no bidders. The seller was consigning it on behalf of the original owner, Mr. Furst's girlfriend, who included a letter explaining it's history.

A year later I still regretted missing it and emailed the seller, and surprisingly, it was still around! We worked something out. A great chase story that I'm still amazed at!!

Rare Find: This is the rarest thing I own. Tim's art is largely unavailable.
He kept it all, much of it touring in a global exhibit. For years all you'd see are rare scribbles for fans at signings, but never finished art. In 2016-2017+ Heritage listed a handful of good monster pieces from his time working at Disney, monsters and such.

This piece is one of those creatures that shouldn't exist in the wild. A finished colored piece of Batman and Robin, unique and so quirkily Burton in every way, done the year before his Batman film was even released. I'm certain I could search for the next 50 lifetimes and never find anything this nice. Signed both "tim" and initialed "t.b."

Fun Tidbit: In 2009 an exhibit of Tim Burton's artwork began touring at The Museum of Modern Art(MoMA), which drew over 800,000 people. This was the third largest turnout ever for a MoMA exhibit, behind only Picasso and Matisse. The show continues to travel the world, setting similar records everywhere.

None of the Batman art in the exhibit is as nice as this insane piece:)


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Steve W.
Member Since 2005

Posted on 12/29/2007

That's a very nice piece of art .

Felix  Lu
Member Since 2005

Posted on 1/2/2008

This is a great piece! As an aside, I worked at 20th Century Fox (and Largo Entertainment) back in the early 90's and they were all set to make the WATCHMEN movie from Sam Hamm's script with Terry Gilliam directing. Anton Furst was going to be the set designer. When he committed suicide, that was the beginning of the end for that incarnation. Now, all these years later, the movie will finally happen. Different players, but we'll finally get to see it on the big screen.

Mike Rice
Member Since 2003

Posted on 1/2/2008


Frank Cairo
Member Since 2006

Posted on 2/15/2008

Oh my God. what i wouldn't give to have a piece of tim burton art. this is kick ass!

Jason Weitzner
Member Since 2004

Posted on 2/28/2008

I'm not the Burton fan I once was but I remember when Nightmare came out looking at all the preliminary designs Tim had come up with - the guy truly has a style all his own and to see him depict the Dark Knight and Boy Wonder and keep intact all his quirky design sensibilities is just so cool - CONGRATS and PLEASE LMK should you decide to part with this piece.

* From The Land Beyond
Member Since 2006

Posted on 3/11/2008

Thanks for adding the back story for this. You too Felix. Really gives this piece more depth and understanding.

aric shapiro
Member Since 2006

Posted on 3/18/2008

One of the most novel Batman pieces I've ever seen--EVER

Icon UK
Member Since 2005

Posted on 3/18/2008

Awesome! Is it just me who now wants to see Henry Selick make an animated Batman movie in this style? :)

Mike W
Member Since 2007

Posted on 2/28/2010

VERY cool piece!!! Tim's got skills!!!

Crees Tyler
Member Since 2008

Posted on 4/17/2010

OUTSTANDING! This is a huge piece of art !

Andrea F.
Member Since 2008

Posted on 5/13/2010

WooooooW!! Rare and superb!! Congrats!!

Jim Warden
Member Since 2003

Posted on 12/28/2010

WOW! This is beyond cool! Congratulations on an obtaining such an amazing piece!

Raymond's Collector
Member Since 2004

Posted on 9/23/2011

Thanx for the comment left on my McCay Jason! I really appreciate it. Well, i couldn't say my early page is rarer than this beautiful Burton's drawing. A gem you should treasure, congratz!

Jeff M
Member Since 2011

Posted on 11/18/2011


Member Since 2005

Posted on 1/17/2012

That's so cool!!!!

Robbie  Cook
Member Since 2006

Posted on 4/2/2012

DANG - that is mighty impressive! How many chances do you get to grab something this special??? This is right up there with an original from Vincent Price! A real gem!

Tristan E
Member Since 2012

Posted on 7/2/2014

une piéce mythique

Jean-Michel Anneau
Member Since 2008

Posted on 1/22/2015

Simply perfect !!!!

Mark Levy
Member Since 2004

Posted on 1/14/2017

Really cool piece - thanks for posting this rare treasure!

Mike (aka Off White) White
Member Since 2008

Posted on 1/15/2017

Awesome story & great piece!

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