In Chip Kidd’s introduction, he writes of presenting DC Comics President Paul Levitz with a 40-page proposal for the book.
“Upon inspection, he told me that he had never seen any of this material before, or knew anything about it,” Kidd writes. “Now, those of you familiar with Mr. Levitz will understand the significance of this. To you civilians who don’t know what I’m talking about, let’s just say that it was the comics equivalent of presenting the pope with the skull of John the Baptist.”
I have absolutely no idea what that means exactly, or how the analogy really holds up—I can kinda see how Levitz could be considered the pope of DC maybe, but not how the Batman manga could be considered the skull of John the Baptist.
At any rate, it’s a great image, and I like imagining Levitz dressed like a pope, and/or Kidd bringing him an ancient skull to examine.