On Wednesday, Christopher Irving and I had an appointment in Crime Alley. Well, actually it was Courtland Alley in lower Manhattan, but that doesn't matter. We were there to meet Dennis O'Neil, the man who helped define Crime Alley in the comics story "There Is No Hope in Crime Alley" (Detective Comics #457, March 1976). That story was also adapted in 1992 into an episode of Batman: The Animated Series.
Denny is a seminal figure in comics, having worked as a writer and an editor for both Marvel and DC Comics. He is perhaps best known for his runs with Neal Adams on Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Batman during the 70's. He also was a long-time editor on all of DC's Batman titles and edited Frank Miller's run on Daredevil for Marvel.
The concept for the photo was to create a very noir-ish feeling and make Manhattan's Courtland Alley feel like Gotham's Crime Alley. Denny's appropriate attire of a trenchcoat and fedora helped to complete the look.