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Batman: Hush Unwrapped Deluxe Edition


Batman Hush.jpg
Batman Hush.jpg
Title: Batman: Hush Unwrapped Deluxe Edition
Creator: Loeb, Jeph, and Jim Lee
Date: 2011
Source: VCU Libraries, James Branch Cabell Library, Special Collections and Archives
Publisher: DC Comics
Description: This trade paperback collects the complete 12-issue run of the HUSH storyline. But instead of simply reproducing the polished and colored pages that appear in the original comic books, this volume features the raws for each one. A “raw” is a page for a comic that has not yet been inked or colored. Often, the penciler will jot down notes for the inker or the colorer to follow, and these notes are erased for the final version. Page 178 is a great example of the sort of notes a penciler would write. In the middle panel, there are small “X”s across Batman’s chest and a caption saying that a blood splatter should go there. And in the bottom panel just visible underneath the refined text balloon is the wavy, hand drawn original. Details like these, along with the faint dotted grid lines across the bottom of the page, the eraser marks in Gordon’s hair, and the lines that don’t quite fit within the panels would all be cleaned up later by the inker or colorer.
Text: Batman: Hush Unwrapped Deluxe Edition
Original Format: Book
Considering Comics
Loeb, Jeph, and Jim Lee, “Batman: Hush Unwrapped Deluxe Edition,” VCU Libraries Gallery, accessed July 18, 2024,