Batman VS Superking – My Latest Sketchcover

Hey, gang-

I finally finished another sketchcover. I got started on this one back before the Memphis Comic Expo in October, but between the holidays, day job, and just plain laziness on my part it’s taken a while to complete this commission.


I normally don’t take commissions. I have a day job to pay the bills and when I do art these days it’s pretty much for fun and/or to have merchandise to sell at cons. Either way, I draw what I want to draw, when I want to draw it. No deadlines, no making a client happy, no negotiating. I draw to draw, and if someone wants to pay what I’m asking for the finished work I’m happy to sell it.


This commission was done for Mark James, who bought my Adam West “Batman ’66” sketchcover at last year’s “DonnieCon” (AKA Memphis Comic Expo).
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Mark runs the website and has written several books on wrestling, many focusing on the Memphis “wrasslin’” scene and history. He’s a fixture at MCX each year, and has been set up at the con next to wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler.


I grew up a huge Saturday morning Memphis Wrestling fan and have gotten to know Jerry over the years, and run into him around Memphis from time to time. He’s even attended one of my art shows. Like Mark and me, Jerry’s a huge Batman and superhero fan, too.


He even owns his own ’60s Batmobile (I’m sooooo jealous) and has been a guest at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, IL.
Well, growing up I got to witness all those worlds collide on my TV screen. Back in 1976 Adam West/Batman was in Memphis appearing at a car show at the Cook Convention Center and stopped by the studio where the local wrestling was shot. During the TV interview with wrestling host/commentator Dave Brown (who insists Adam was NOT drunk, just campy), Batman (Adam wearing a Batman cowl,  gloves, and track suit..!) faces off with Jerry Lawler dressed as the evil Superking. It was one of the most vivid, and bizarre moments I witnessed on TV as a kid. The two didn’t actually face off in the ring, until now…

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When Mark sent me some pics and said he wanted Lawler throwing powder in the face of a Neal Adams era Batman, I was thinking more Adam West Batman since he and Lawler had been on TV together- and maybe Lawler in the Superking tights he wore on the show, and Adam in the full Batman costume (and not the track suit). Mark agreed and I got started merging it all into an image.

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I ended up using my Hot Toys Batman figure as reference for the pose and costume likeness.

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I used Copics and Microns on this cover. A lot of the white powder was done with Copic White and a brush.


I saw on Twitter that Jerry really dug the cover. 🙂


Thanks, King- and thanks, Mark!




PS- if you are interested in purchasing any of my sketchcovers, you can find them at:

3620 Austin Peay Hwy #2, Memphis, TN 38128
(901) 382-8623 



Lin has been an artist and screen printer in the t-shirt industry for over 25 years and was a graphic artist designing monuments for 5 years. Lin is the creator of the web-comic Scared Silly and was co-creator of the self-published comic book series Bushi Tales (with Pencil Neck Studios partner Dave Beaty). He currently runs a geek travel blog and cartoon site- Lin has also done his fair share of freelance art for clients such as Coca-Cola, the Memphis Riverkings (CHL), Topps, Kevin Paige (CD cover art), 96X, and Rock103.. Lin has done mural work for Pancho’s, McDonald’s and Fitzgerald’s Casino, and his artwork has also appeared in The Memphis Flyer, Commercial Appeal, Airbrush Action Magazine, Amazing Figure Modeler, Stargodz (comic book with Conquest Studios), on Rock103 (Wake Up Crew web comic) and The Outdoor Channel’s websites, the MSCA (Mid-South Cartoonists Association) comics It Came From Beneath The Drawing Board and Overdrawn and Underwritten, in author Christa Michael’s first book – Ramblings With Redde: Why Does My Life Seem Like A Bad “B” Flick?, and Comic Geek Speak’s CGS:The End comic. Lin was a volunteer for the Memphis Ronald McDonald House, and an artist and scare-crew member for the Haunted Web Of Horrors charity haunted house (which benefited Youth Villages). He was named the Memphis Ronald McDonald House’s Special Events Volunteer of the Year in 2001, and again with RMH ‘A-Team’ and Nightmarez/ co-horts Patrick French and Todd Patton in 2002. He was awarded the “Superman Of Metropolis” award as a guest artist at the 2005 Metropolis Superman Celebration, and was the Artist Guest Of Honor at ShadowconXIII in 2009 and in 2012. He has also won two M.A.R.S. (Memphis Area Radio Stations) awards for writing and voicing radio commercials, and was awarded a 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award by Volunteer Northwest Mississippi, a volunteer center of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, in conjunction with the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and the Corporation for National & Community Service. Lin served as the President and Vice-President of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association (MSCA) for 4 years and 9 years, respectively. He is currently a member of the MSCA and DeSoto Arts Council in North Mississippi. He is married to Nicki Workman, and has 3 cats- Jarael, Harley Quinn, and Lex.

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  1. Mark James says:

    Amazing work Lin!

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