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This book contains nearly 300 pages of Golden Age reprints of Batman stories from Detective Comics #51-#70 with each story being 12 pages long.
The book features a great introduction by crime writer Max Allan Collins who breaks down the history on each comic and what it's going for. Collins is also able to offer some cogent comparisons with Dick Tracy.
Then we're for a total of 20 different stories which are solid quality. Of the twenty stories in the book, we have the first two stories with Two F ...more
Nov 27, 2017 Brent rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of these fine creators and DC superhero comics
Recommended to Brent by: these fine creators and Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Great fun to read: especially the earliest stories of Penguin and Two-Face. There are other writers here, but Bill Finger is most fun. This is an opportunity to take stock of the early inks and designs of Jerry Robinson, as he grows in craft, too.
It is hard for many people who grew up reading comics in the fifties and sixties to read comics from the thirties and forties. While hardly sophisticated, the later comics are much more sophisticated in their art and story telling than older comics. Most of the stories in this collection are just bad, but of interest to comic book historians, Batman die-hards, and those silly people who work on Shakespeare in popular culture. I was trolling for Shakespeare references, of course, and found a coup ...more
Sure it's a blast from the past, but this volume of early 40s Batman comics is a five-star romp all the way. I had a blast reading through these, and I felt like, at times, I was watching unaired episodes of the 60s tv show. Batman and Robin are timeless heroes, but these are some of their earliest stories, which don't shy away from the time period in which they were published. There is a certain flair and character to these shorts that is missing from the dark, pensive Batman of today. I can't ...more
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 ...moreMore about Bill Finger
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