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Batman #78 image pays homage to first issue of Batman from 1940

This cover featuring Catwoman may seem familiar to Batman buffs.

Can Bat and Cat love truly overcome all obstacles? Although she may have skipped out on him at the altar back in Batman #50, Catwoman and Batman are reprising their complicated relationship once more in the upcoming Batman #78 as a result of Bat-nemesis Bane and Batman’s father Thomas Wayne (evil Batman from an alternate universe) further cementing their nefarious hold on Gotham City in Batman #77.

The following art from Batman #78 by artist Clay Mann features a striking image of Batman kneeling at the feet of Catwoman, who sticks out in a flowing green dress and white heels:

The image is an homage to this scene from the very first issue of Batman from 1940:

The official Batman #78 synopsis from DC Comics sheds some more light on writer Tom King’s unfolding Bat and Cat narrative:

In the first part of a “City of Bane” interlude, Batman receives help from an ally he thought he had lost for good: Catwoman! Still recovering from the beatings he took from Bane and Flashpoint Batman, the Dark Knight readies himself for a return to Gotham City, and it’s Selina Kyle who holds the key. She knows how Bane is fueling his regime, and she’ll help Batman shut down the supply line—but first she has to whip the battered hero into shape.

Kudos to Clay Mann for paying homage to the classics; although we hope the infamous “Quiet, or Papa spank!” line doesn’t manage to make it back in Batman’s vernacular.

Batman #78 goes on sale on September 11th, 2019.

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