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Batman in the Fifties (Batman Decades)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  66 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Collecting sixteen tales originally written in the 1950s, these stories reflect the lighthearted and carefree era in which they took place. With Robin, Batwoman, Bat-Mite, and Ace the Bat-Hound by his side, the world's greatest detective faced off against a zany collection of foes that included giant fighting robots, kooky aliens and talking apes. Although the adventures m ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 1st 2002 by DC Comics
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Dec 07, 2016 Luca rated it it was amazing
Upon wishing to delve a bit deeper into the history of Batman, I asked for some recommendations from friends who were more well-versed in the Caped Crusader than I.

Getting into a long-running character like Batman based solely off the recommendations of trusted friends, of course means you're getting snippets in a decades-long continuity, especially with collections like "Batman in the Fifties", from the "Decades" series where DC had a curator lay out some of their favorite stories from said de
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May 17, 2013 Adam Graham rated it it was amazing
The 1950s Batman stories are perhaps the least collected stories in the Dark Knight's history. Only recently have the early 1950s Detective Comics stories come into print. So, I was hoping to see something knew and I did.

This ear of Bat history is pretty well maligned. It's less serious, more sci-fi and gets away from the hero's dark crimefighting roots. The 1960s TV show has more boosters than this era among serious bat aficionados.

There were a lot of stories I loved in the book. A couple took
Aug 16, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it
The 1950s were the decade when Fredric Wertham's attack on the social evils of the comic book reached its high point with the publication of Seduction of the Innocent and his testimony before the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency. It was also a decade of UFO sightings and the beginning of the Space Race. As a result Batman and other superheroes needed to fight crime while modeling wholesome behavior for young boys. Wholesome was especially important in Batman comics because Wertham had ...more
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Of all the old books I'd like to add to my collection, one of the most desired would be Batman From the 30s to the 70s, a book I checked out time and time again from the library when I was a kid. Cheapskate that I am, I don't have much hope of actually obtaining that tome, but I was delighted to find at least some of the reprints I remember in Batman in the Fifties. Best of all, it was only a buck at the Seattle Friends of the Library sale. The stories reprinted are grouped into four sections: C ...more
Mar 24, 2009 Sophie rated it really liked it
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I find those old comics really fascinating. The fact that Batman has been around for seventy years now is part of what makes it so interesting for me, and reading those old stories is sort of like stepping into a time machine? Even though it's still Batman, the stories have a *very* different feel to those of today, and often are unintentionally funny (or funny for different reasons). But it really is fascinating to see where those characters came from. I'm going backwards - I'm still waiting fo ...more
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Jun 21, 2012 Don Massi rated it really liked it
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Just a fun book that harkens back to a time when the average comic book reader was younger and less sophisticated. The stories are campy and a light hearted blast to read. Who wouldn't want to read about the Batwoman or Bat Mite or my favorite, Ace the Bathound (complete with mask to protect his secret identity).

Mar 02, 2010 TJ rated it liked it
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Funny collection of batman comics from the 50's. Interesting insight into the society of the fifties. Also cool way to read about history of various character
Jun 04, 2016 Dave rated it really liked it
A great collection of Batman stories from the 1950's.
As a kid in the 70's, I loved reading the 'old' Batman comics, and that has not changed.
Lots of fun!!!!
Mar 17, 2012 Bree added it
so much camp. so wonderful.
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