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    Default Unpublished Zsasz story from 2000 to be released in 2020

    So, back in 2000, DC pulled a Zsasz story that was intended for Gotham Knights #12, and replaced it with a fill in story. I remember when this happened, I was active on DC’s official message boards at the time.

    Here is a link confirming this story. You’ll want to scroll all the way down to see Brian Bolland’s awesome unused cover art. (The story itself was written by Devin Grayson, with art by Roger Robinson.)

    https://www.cbr.com/comic-book-urban...evealed-122/2/

    In the newest solicitations just released today, I noticed something and thought it deserves its own thread.

    https://www.cbr.com/dc-comics-solici...december-2019/

    BATMAN: ARKHAM: VICTOR ZSASZ TP

    written by ALAN GRANT, DOUG MOENCH, KELLEY PUCKETT, DEVIN GRAYSON, JOHN LAYMAN, and others
    art by NORM BREYFOGLE, DUSTIN NGUYEN, JIM BALENT, ROGER ROBINSON, CLIFF CHIANG, and others
    cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN
    No remorse, no mercy...just ruthless death: Victor Zsasz has long been one of Batman’s most formidable enemies, and now his most infamous stories have been collected! This volume includes Zsasz’s debut story arc and much more, including a never before published story by writer Devin Grayson and artist Roger Robinson! Collects Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1-4, Batman: Streets of Gotham #10-11, a story from Batman Chronicles #3, Batman: Batgirl #1, Detective Comics #815-816, a story from Detective Comics (2011) #18, Rogues Gallery #1, and an unpublished story intended for Batman: Gotham Knights #12!
    ON SALE 02.05.20
    $19.99 US | 264 PAGES
    FC | ISBN: 978-1-4012-9897-5
    I am glad this story will finally be released! I already own most of the other material in this trade, but I’ll be picking this up anyway when it’s out. I hope they include Brian Bolland’s original unused cover art!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevink31593 View Post
    So, back in 2000, DC pulled a Zsasz story that was intended for Gotham Knights #12, and replaced it with a fill in story. I remember when this happened, I was active on DC’s official message boards at the time.

    Here is a link confirming this story. You’ll want to scroll all the way down to see Brian Bolland’s awesome unused cover art.

    https://www.cbr.com/comic-book-urban...evealed-122/2/

    In the newest solicitations just released today, I noticed something and thought it deserves its own thread.

    https://www.cbr.com/dc-comics-solici...december-2019/



    I am glad this story will finally be released! I will own most of the other material in this trade, but I’ll be picking this up anyway when it’s out.
    interesting
    do you know why was it not published then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arnoldoaad View Post
    interesting
    do you know why was it not published then?
    The first link I posted above has a quote from Bob Schreck, who was the Batman editor at the time. Apparently, they decided it was too gory to release. DC still used the comics code on many of their books back then.

    This unpublished Zsasz story was supposed to be part of the "This Issue: Batman Dies!" event in December 2000 (covers dated Feb 2001). That month, each of the Bat books was supposed to feature the death of Batman in some way. It was just for fun and not a serious event. Here’s some more info on it.

    https://comicvine.gamespot.com/this-...es/4045-58330/
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevink31593 View Post
    The first link I posted above has a quote from Bob Schreck, who was the Batman editor at the time. Apparently, they decided it was too gory to release. DC still used the comics code on many of their books back then.

    This unpublished Zsasz story was supposed to be part of the "This Issue: Batman Dies!" event in December 2000 (covers dated Feb 2001). That month, each of the Bat books was supposed to feature the death of Batman in some way. It was just for fun and not a serious event. Here’s some more info on it.

    https://comicvine.gamespot.com/this-...es/4045-58330/
    I think I remember hearing about this before
    thanks for sharing

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    I've always been very curious to read this story ever since it was pulled at the last minute, and while I'm glad it's finally getting published, I wish they'd include it in the upcoming collection of Devin K. Grayson's first year on Batman: Gotham Knights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Starro View Post
    I've always been very curious to read this story ever since it was pulled at the last minute, and while I'm glad it's finally getting published, I wish they'd include it in the upcoming collection of Devin K. Grayson's first year on Batman: Gotham Knights.
    Yeah agreed. The Arkham: Zsasz book is an appropriate home for the story, but it would have been nice for it to also be included with the Gotham Knights trade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevink31593 View Post
    So, back in 2000, DC pulled a Zsasz story that was intended for Gotham Knights #12, and replaced it with a fill in story. I remember when this happened, I was active on DC’s official message boards at the time.

    Here is a link confirming this story. You’ll want to scroll all the way down to see Brian Bolland’s awesome unused cover art. (The story itself was written by Devin Grayson, with art by Roger Robinson.)

    https://www.cbr.com/comic-book-urban...evealed-122/2/

    In the newest solicitations just released today, I noticed something and thought it deserves its own thread.

    https://www.cbr.com/dc-comics-solici...december-2019/



    I am glad this story will finally be released! I already own most of the other material in this trade, but I’ll be picking this up anyway when it’s out. I hope they include Brian Bolland’s original unused cover art!
    Oh, wow, that's super cool news! Didn't even notice. Love Grayson's writing.
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