Mark Chamberlains whacked-out watercolors show Batman and Robin wrestling, locking lips and a close-up of the Boy Wonders 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, Batmans attorneys want any unsold work as well as the invoices for the sold paintings.
Although Chamberlain is nervous, he admits, you cant 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, Im not looking at AIDS or gay marriage. Its simpler. Theres camp.
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