American comic book artist Marshall Rogers (January 22, 1950 – March 24, 2007) worked on one of the first graphic novels in 1979 – "Detectives Inc." – and today may be best known for his 1970s Marvel and DC series. His contribution to characters like Batman and the Silver Surfer stands out most and puts him on the same level with artists like Neal Adams and Jim Aparo. He created the 1978 cover for "Detective Comics #475", cooperating with Terry Austin. This issue’s "The Laughing Fish" is today known as one of the great Batman classics. Young Marshall Rogers was going to be an architect fist, but cancelled his studies in favour of a more artistic career. In 1972 he showed his first works to Marvel and got noticed - but not enough to make a living. He kept taking on odd jobs to make ends meet. In 1977 Marie Severin and Vince Colletta, art directors at Marvel and DC, started to be interested in his work and offered him his first job in the comic book industry: From August 1977 until April 1978 he worked with writer Steve Englehart on Detective Comics #471-476 as peciller. During that time he created his own interpretation of Batman. Rogers and Englehart even today are seen as "one of the greatest creative teams to work on the Batman character". Their works are collected in "Batman: Strange Apparitions" and "Batman: Dark Detective". DC Comics recently has released a trade paperback Legends of the Dark Knight: Marshall Rogers“, being the third issue in a series of Batman collections already featuring artist Don Newton and Gene Colan. This edition presents most issues of Marshall Rogers’"Strange Apparitions" from the late 70s.