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Francesco Francavilla’s Batploitation Gives Us Gotham Circa 1972

Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

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Artist Francesco Francavilla does a spectacular job when he’s drawing Batman in our current time but what happens when he decides to take a trip back to the Disco-riffic 70s?  “I have been tinkering recently with a ElseWorlds story/take on Batman set in that 70s styling. So, from the pages of PULP SUNDAY, I give you BATMAN 1972!” he wrote. ” Yes, you are witnessing the first case of BATPLOITATION.” Take a look and see if you this his Comissioner Gordon, Catwoman, and The Riddler, are out-of-sight.

(Francavilla via Matt Goldey)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."