It was only last week that I was getting downright covetous of Mondo's new line of limited Phantom City Collective prints inspired by Batman: The Animated Series. They're fantastic, with moody and iconic images that live up to the groundbreaking art style of the show, and if we're being honest with each other, I want enough of them to cover every flat surface in my home and possibly the insides of my eyelids. But as is usually the case with these things, that last set went pretty fast, and once again, I missed my chance.

Now, however, we're getting another chance. Tomorrow, Nov. 12, they're going to be putting up two more Phantom City Collective art prints based on two more classic BTAS episodes: "Nothing To Fear" and "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?"

 

 

"Nothing To Fear" marked the first appearance of the Scarecrow, and while the origin story for one of Batman's most harrowing villains - and the first exploration of Batman's origin on the show -  is obviously the focus, most viewers probably remember this one for being the episode that introduced Kevin Conroy's growly, character defining "I am vengeance! I am the night! I am Batman!" Like a lot of things about BTAS, that line felt so definitive that it became identified with Batman as a character well beyond the boundaries of the small screen.

 

 

In addition to having one of the best titles of the entire series, "If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich?" was another episode that introduced a villain. In this case, it was the Riddler, who threw Batman into a life-sized labyrinth full of deathtraps and flying hands.

The prints are screenprinted and limited to editions of 275 and 250, respectively, and the sale will be announced via Mondo's Twitter tomorrow. And, it should be noted that if you like the art from the prints, it all has its source in Mondo's vinyl soundtrack boxed set that's going on sale later this month.