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THE MICHAEL USLAN COLLECTION -- NOW OPEN FOR BIDDING AT COMICCONNECT.COM!
The story of Michael Uslan is the story of persistence, tenacity, passion and the unrelenting resolve to take one’s dream and make it reality. His recent autobiography The Boy Who Loved Batman tells the story of how a boy’s passion for his favorite superhero led to a career in the comic book and movie world and the creation of the batman movie franchise.
In 1964 he attended the first comic book convention in New York City. In 1972 his belief in the American Comic Book led him to teach the world’s first accredited college course on comic books. In 1975 while in law school he worked at DC Comics as an intern and eventually got a break writing a story for the Shadow 9. His childhood dream to write a Batman comic book came to fruition when he penned Detective Comics 460. His next hurdle was to bring a dark and serious Batman to the Silver Screen.
Michael Uslan is the man who bought the rights to Batman in 1979 and made every modern Batman film happen, from Batman in 1989 starring Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton to the Dark Knight Rises starring Christian Bale. One could say that without Michael’s resolve we may not have all the superhero franchises fans around the world enjoy today. Scores of studios rejected Michael’s vision of a darker Batman. His vision was the character he grew to love as a child, not the camp TV show of the 60s. Every single studio turned him down but he would not let his dream die. Rejection after rejection laced with phrases like “the worst idea I ever heard” and reasons like “If Annie wasn’t a big hit then Batman wouldn’t be a big hit” had to be brushed aside as Michael kept on his path.
In 1980 Michael finally met with Casablanca Records who were slated to produce feature films. After an impassioned pitch the heads of Casablanca agreed to make the movie. But his battle was far from over. It took ten more years that would test his ability to withstand inhuman levels of frustration to make his dream a reality.
In 1989 Batmania ran wild across the globe and the Batman movie opened. ComicConnect proudly presents The Michael Uslan Original Art Collection. It is filled with pieces of art he purchased and was gifted over the course of his career. His love and passion for comic books can be felt in each piece.
One last note, on October 10th of 2012 Michael was awarded the very first Doctorate in the fine arts of comic books from Monmouth University. The team at ComicConnect congratulates Michael. We are proud to represent his collection and proud to call him friend.