In the early ’90s, DC Comics decided it wanted to do something drastic to Batman without killing him (since that had just been done to Superman), so they decided to create a villain to break his back. Enter Bane. Knightfall co-creators Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, and Graham Nolan got together and, using Shadow Comics’ character Doc Savage from 1933 and Alexandre Dumas’ 19th century tale The Count of Monte Cristo as a template, created one of Batman’s deadliest and darkest foes ever. It was Nolan’s idea to based Bane’s design on a Mexican luchador (wrestler). Todd Matthy has a great interview with Chuck Dixon about the creation of Bane, which you can read HERE .
For “earnin g a living” reasons, I was not able to make my Day 2 picture on Day 2 itself! The combination of a journey to Crewe after finishing painting on Day 1, then a day in a shopping centre followed by a return journey home late on Day 2 meant that it was just not practical. So – inspired (!) by what I’d been doing the day before, I decided to paint a piece of “contemporary”art the following day. However, unlike Mr Koons, I have been a professional balloon modeller for the best part of 25 years, so I felt that I could legitimately create my own prototype and take care of production myself without an army of assistants.
Malcolm’s assertion that President John F. Kennedy’s assassination amounted to “the chickens coming home to roost” led to his suspension from the Black Muslims in December 1963. A few months later, he left the organization, traveled to Mecca, and discovered that orthodox Muslims preach equality of the races, which led him to abandon the argument that whites are devils. Having returned to America as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, he remained convinced that racism had corroded the spirit of America and that only blacks could free themselves. In June 1964, he founded the Organization of Afro-American Unity and moved increasingly in the direction of socialism. More sophisticated than in his Black Muslim days and of growing moral stature, he was assassinated by a Black Muslim at a rally of his organization in New York on February 21, 1965. Malcolm X had predicted that, though he had but little time to live, he would be more important in death than in life. Foreshadowings of his martyrdom are found in The Autobiography of Malcolm X. The almost painful honesty that enabled him to find his way from degradation to devotion to his people, the modest lifestyle that kept him on the edge of poverty, and the distance he somehow managed to put between himself and racial hatred serve, in that volume, as poignant reminders of human possibility and achievement.