From the very popular release We Can Be Heroes comes this original Caroline Shotton sketch.
Long before Bart Simpson declared; “Don’t have a cow, man!” the word ‘cow’ in relation to a command, call to arms and/or expletive was being used by another animated hero who’s early life was aimed at the youth market, yet who became universally recognized and popular with bigger kids soon afterwards. Yes, the Caped Crusader himself, Mr Bat Man Esq coined a cow-harnessing catchphrase all of his own back in the 1960s, the shock, horror graphical exclamation that was, ‘Holy Cow!’
However, as any comic book fan worth his Bat-mask will know only too well, it was in fact Bruce Wayne’s alter ego’s trusty sidekick who frequented the saying, with much gusto at pretty much every opportunity, and when confronted with challenging situations. Indeed, Robin always trotted out his favourite one liner in tandem with the most quizzical of faces, just for added dramatic effect.
Anyway, from Boy Wonder to Girl Wonder, and it’s much sought after contemporary artist, Caroline Shotton who’s blurting out the famous ‘Holy Cow!’ line on this very visual occasion, all in the name of modern art. And cows, like you hadn’t already guessed.
In Shotton’s picture, Robin is at it again, over-egging a strand of dialogue that never really calls for such draconian punctuation, as he stands in front of the graphic emblazon.
An unusually monotone piece for Shotton on this occasion, as she exchanges her habitually gregarious palette for something a little more reflective and considered. We likey.