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Batman Archives, Vol. 1 (Batman Archives #1)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  325 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
Reprinting the original tales of the Darknight Detective from the late 1930s, BATMAN ARCHIVES VOL. 1 is a remarkable look back at the early adventures that built the foundation for the legend of the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder. Showcasing artwork by Bob Kane, the creator of Batman, this amazing hardcover edition features the first appearances of Batman, Robin, Profes ...more
Hardcover, 306 pages
Published November 14th 1997 by DC Comics
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Michael Tildsley
Dec 16, 2012 Michael Tildsley rated it it was amazing
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I love Batman. Always have. I think it was pretty awesome of DC to release these early Detective Comic stories in archive collections so that fans like me can read and hold the origin stories of their super heroes without having to pay out millions of dollars.

The stories and drawings, though some a bit corny and dated, are none the less impressive for what they represent, and the world-wide phenomena that these early stories sparked.
Sep 23, 2016 Morgan rated it liked it
I honestly wish I could rate this higher. I would too for historical reasons, but this was really boring and random. Seriously, the first issues of Batman were basically written like some guy just making things up at the top of his head with a deadline and there is no thought process or developed story. Basically take everything you think you know about Batman and toss it out the window, chances are what you think of Batman isn't how he started.

It amazes me how popular he's become too. From this
Jun 19, 2013 Pranay rated it liked it
So this is how it all 1940 Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane came together and started something which has now become legend....wait for it...dary!!! I am sure when they started out they had no idea that Batman would become so popular and would have almost cult like following even after so many years. A lot of credit goes to the visionary writers and path breaking artists (of the seventies/eighties) who have toiled to give this exulted status to the Dark Knight and its other Gotham char ...more
Mar 20, 2013 Paul rated it it was ok
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Batman has been my favorite superhero since I was around four years old, so it makes me a little sad to admit that these very early stories are not much fun to read. Even by the standards of the Golden Age, when comics aimed for more ephemeral thrills, these stories just aren't engaging. Hardcore fans or comics historians will find some value here, but if you're reading for fun, try some later Batman collections.
Billie Pritchett
Jun 29, 2016 Billie Pritchett rated it liked it
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The other John
Feb 08, 2008 The other John rated it it was amazing
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I think my first realization of comic book continuity came from reading Batman: From the 30s to the 70s from the Roselle Public Library. I loved that book, reading it a number of times until it vanished from the shelves. In all my years of buying and collecting comics, I never managed to snag a copy of that book. Now, however, I have the next best thing. The Batman Archives reprints all of the Batman stories from Detective Comics, starting from his first appearance. In perusing this book, I read ...more
Michelle Cristiani
Jan 18, 2012 Michelle Cristiani rated it really liked it
I am a huge Batman fan yet hadn't read the oldest and original comics, which emerged in the late 30's. It is amazing to see how far Batman has come, both visually and as a character. There is a simplicity to his early years that is both charming and compelling. Even from his first issue he was wise-cracking, and his cracks alone while knocking out enemies is worth the price of admission. My favorite: "laughing at me, eh? Well how about if I put you in STITCHES!"

I liked Kane's early drawings, pri
Adam AntMan
Apr 17, 2016 Adam AntMan rated it really liked it
The Batman Archives is the must have book for any Batfan's collection! The very 1st issue of Batman that was ever written is in this very book! Detective Comics Number 27 From May Of 1939, The Bat-Man! Back then, they had a space between Bat and Man! LOL Anyway, the stories will very much surprise you, as they did with me. Batman was very different back then, not just in appearance but, also in personality. His methods for fighting villains at that time was nothing short of questionable or even ...more
Michael Borshuk
Aug 17, 2010 Michael Borshuk rated it really liked it
What a treat! The first two years of Batman's adventures from Detective Comics. Love the original Batmobile--a red roadster convertible--and Bruce Wayne's omnipresent billiard pipe in down moments. Interesting too how Batman quickly morphed from bloodthirsty vigilante to wisecracking Errol Flynn impersonator.
Mike Jensen
Oct 27, 2010 Mike Jensen rated it it was ok
Some of the very first Batman stories are collected here. Most early comic books are bad in both story and art. These stories are. There is interest to see how this popular character began and developed and, yes, late in the game an unattributed Shakespeare quotation.
Jan 12, 2014 Monti rated it really liked it
Okay, this wasn't as painful to read as I at first thought it might be. In fact I find myself enjoying reading some of the golden age Batman stuff.

Old school Batman had a lot of things different from the current incarnation we all know.

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Apr 11, 2010 Sherri rated it really liked it
The original comic books written by Bill Finger and drawn and colored by Bob Kane. First published in comic book form in 1939.
Apr 09, 2014 Brent rated it it was amazing
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Good ol' Batman!
Aug 22, 2016 Spencer rated it liked it
Probably more like 3 1/2. The art is fantastic and some of the quips are fun, but the Bat and the Boy Wonder hadn't developed much personality, though the Joker is pretty great from the get-go. I'm no comics expert, so this is all pretty new to me. Perhaps I'll eventually make my way toward the zany 60's and later some Frank Miller.
It's so humblng and amazing to see where the Dark Knight started. Not so dark, really. Kind of rough around the edges. Some pretty embarrassing artwork, and more of a Sherlock Holmes character mixed with a little Roger Moore James Bond than the tough as nails and complicated (aka crazy) guy we know today. This might be the perfect place to start for some who are interested in getting into Batman... but it's not exactly the Batman you would be expecting. And really, there's no reason to get into ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Dominick rated it it was ok
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This reprint of the Batman stories from the first few years of Detective reveals just how crappy most of the early Batman stories were.
Paul McMeekin
Apr 11, 2009 Paul McMeekin rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who has an interest in superhero origins
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These early Batman stories are interesting if you want to find out the origins of the Dark Knight, but the actual quality compared to todays standards is laughable, quite literally! Lots of corny one liners from the Dynamic Duo can't fail to bring on a crinching fit. All the same, I'm looking forward to catching up with more caped crusades. Given that I'm currently still in 1941 in the Batman world, it may be a while before the quality gets to a standard that we modern comic book readers are use ...more
Dec 18, 2008 Steven added it
There was only one really good story in here--this monk in a red hood hypnotizes people, and also vampires are somehow involved. But most of the other stories are boring as hell--a bunch of gangsters are holed up in a room, Batman smashes through the window, a bad guy yells "I'm gettin' outta here, that guy's dynamite!" Then Robin jumps on him and wraps his legs around the guy's head.
Phil Marsh
Aug 20, 2015 Phil Marsh rated it it was amazing
Reasons to buy this...

The artwork is glorious.
The stories are quite simplistic, from a less sophisticated time, perhaps.
The sheer nostalgia in almost every frame.

This book is fabulous, as is most of the rest of teh DC Archives series. Such invention is worth preserving and this series does that very well.
Justin Deveau
Sep 28, 2016 Justin Deveau rated it really liked it
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Detective Comics #27-50
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William "Bill" Finger was an American comic strip and comic book writer best known as the uncredited co-creator, with Bob Kane, of the DC Comics character Batman, as well as the co-architect of the series' development. In later years, Kane acknowledged Finger as "a contributing force" in the character's creation. Comics historian Ron Goulart, in Comic Book Encyclopedia, refers to Batman as the "cr ...more
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