Last month, we brought you the news that legendary Batman artist Norm Breyfogle had suffered a stroke and turned to crowdfunding to help cover his medical bills as a result. The good news is that the comics community has come together to raise over $60,000 so far. The bad news is that the total still falls far short of the goal of $200,000.

Plenty of readers have already donated, but if you need something else to entice you, it has arrived: Artist Tom Fowler has just finished a beautiful painting of a "battle-damaged' Batman (complete with missing ear), and is now auctioning it off on his website, with 100% of the money raised going to help Breyfogle.

As we mentioned before, Breyfogle's stroke is particularly tragic since it has left him paralyzed on his left side, a devastating effect for a left-handed artist. Hopefully he'll be able to recover, but the sort of therapy that he'll need to do that will likely take the bulk of the money raised by fans.

As Fowler wrote on his site:

The moment I heard I started drawing. As I've mentioned before, I've never met Norm, and he wouldn't know me from Adam, but his work is a huge part of the artist I am today. I couldn't let it go.

So I drew.

Then I painted.


And now it's done.

The starting bid for the painting is $300, although it's a safe bet that it'll go for significantly more than that, so if you've been looking for a great piece of original art to add to your collection, you could do a lot worse than to get something by Fowler, especially with a good cause behind it. Even if that price is a little rich for your blood, however, you can still donate directly to the Breyfogle family's crowdfunding effort.

As J. Caleb Mozzocco pointed out on Twitter, there are enough of us that even a small donation can make a pretty huge difference:

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