Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Holy Butt Cheeks, Batman!

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Batman and Robin are getting cheeky thanks to a New York-based artist who paints watercolors featuring the dynamic duo in various stages of undress.

Mark Chamberlain’s whacked-out watercolors show Batman and Robin wrestling, locking lips and a close-up of the Boy Wonder’s bare behind.

For months, Chamberlain has been showing his porny portfolio at the Kathleen Cullen Gallery in New York but some lawyers at DC Comics, the company that publishes the popular comic, learned of the saucy artworks, went batty and a week ago sent a “cease- and-desist” letter to the gallery owner.

Now, Batman’s attorneys want any unsold work as well as the invoices for the sold paintings.

Although Chamberlain is nervous, he admits, “you can’t buy this kind of publicity for a million dollars.”

He says he was inspired to do the watercolors because, “The homoerotic context has been floating around in ether for years.”

Still, he calls the paintings “jokes, but with deep feelings,” adding, “I’m not looking at AIDS or gay marriage. It’s simpler. There’s camp.”

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