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Batman Anthologie Neal Adams 1967-1969

(Batman Illustrated #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  503 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Nous sommes en 1967 et Batman est partout. Sur les t-shirts, dans les shows télévisés, le justicier masqué est dangereusement surexposé, et perd peu à peu sa touche gothique, gommant sa thématique basée sur le crime urbain, qui avait sauvé son comic book de l'oubli, quelques années auparavant. À cette époque, alors que les responsables éditoriaux de DC, emploient rarement ...more
Published 2007 (first published October 1st 2003)
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Dan Schwent
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, 2019-comics
Batman by Neal Adams Book One contains World's Finest Comics #175-176 and The Brave and The Bold #79-85. On the heels of Superman vs. Muhammad Ali, I was jonesing for more Neal Adams and picked this up.

Neal Adams changed comics forever, ushering in a new age of illustration-based artwork rather than cartoon-based. He was also instrumental in ending the campy, fun Batman inspired by the TV show to the Dark Knight Detective. The stories in this book are his earliest experiences with Batman.

The two
Oct 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I shall be the first one to admit that I am not terribly fond of the older comics. While I appreciate that the art form is constantly evolving, the stories from this time period are generally too cheesy for my taste. Thus I was surprised at this volume of Neal Adam's seminal Batman run.

Batman, in 1970, was still viewed as the campy 60's style Batman. Neal Adams and Dennis O'Niell were instrumental in steering the Batman story into a more dark and brooding character. Neal Adams is also credited w
Christopher (Donut)
Neal Adams first drew Batman for the monthly Superman-Batman team-ups in World's Finest, then the Brave and the Bold team-ups with various super-heroes.

This is silver-age DC at its fruitiest.

Each story is self-contained, but at 25 pp. each, they seem inordinately long to THIS bronze-age baby.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although it sucks to see these comics re-colored according to modern technology, overall this is a nice collection of late 60s Batman stories penciled by Neal Adams. Some are from World's Finest Comics, and thus also star Superman, and the others are from Detective Comics and The Brave and the Bold, guest starring the Creeper, Flash, Aquaman, and the Teen Titans.

Adams is a first-rate illustrator to begin with and his modern style helped propel DC into the modern Bronze Age by showcasing unique a
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, there are 3 volumes made, but thus far volume one has only been printed in TPB format. Because Neal Adams is one of the finest artists of all time this book is really worthy of a 5 star rating, however there are some reproduction flaws that are subjective as whether or not you the reader will appreciate the work more or less. Namely the art has been recolored digitally, which is fine, but as I've done my research online about this book when it was in HC format, the first volume blew its ...more
Neal Adams's run on Batman was a turning point for DC, bringing the artwork from the garish and simplistic drawings of the past to the realistic and dynamic pages of the present. Unfortunately, the writing hadn't yet caught up at this point, which makes these stories a pain to read. They're still stuck in the mold of gimmicky superhero teamups and there's no classic Batman villains in here at all. What you see a lot of is Superman, Deadman, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Robin,The Creeper, and Jimmy Olse ...more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be clear, I did not read every issue in here. But I really enjoyed the run with Creeper and the run with Dead Man.

These comics come from 1968 and 69. I really enjoy looking at comics from this era, but I’m starting to realize I enjoy the aesthetic-including ads and the faded color-more than the actual stories themselves. The stories contained herein seem to be freshly-inked, and of course the ads are gone. This leaves readers with just the stories to stand on their own merit. And I’ll be hone
Best Batman run ever. Well, tied with Jim Aparo's run on The Brave and the Bold. ...more
Kyle Berk
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Batman by Neal Adams is really something to read. The stories are defiantly so very nice to look at past a few issues. But they are definitely from the age they were written in, excuse certain parts of issues where they use the visual imagery.

But in that period comics still overexplained themselves over and over again and it’s exhausting sometimes really.

Yet, I love comic books. I love them so much and there are always good comics being produced you just have to find them. And there is lots of f
Eamonn Murphy
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book’s contents are described in the title. It’s ‘Batman Illustrated’ by Neal Adams starting with World’s Finest Comics # 175 (April 1968), among the first Batman adventures drawn by Adams. The story opens with a couple of hoods forming the Batman Revenge Squad to get back at the hero who caught them. They are interrupted by three bald aliens who are part of the Superman Revenge Squad, ‘criminals from a hundred planets and sworn foes of Superman’. They saw the Batman crowd on their monitors ...more
Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neal Adams is a comics genius. This first volume of his Batman works is not indispensable, though. Why only three stars?

1. These stories are not up to the art. Adams' Batman is associated with the grim, gritty return to capital-C Crime that the character made in the early '70s: The Joker started actually killing people again, etc. These stories are still transitioning out of Silver Age goofiness and, for me, The Brave & The Bold team-ups were always among the worst of the era. Prepare for lots
Ned Leffingwell
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
I picked this up on Comixology. Neal Adams is the quintessential illustrator for Batman. The stories in these issues are zany. Batman and Superman have a puzzle-solving contest andBatman fights in WWII with Sgt. Rock. I like how stories were self-contained to one issue back in the day. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these stories but modern readers should be ready for contrived situations. The art is phenomenal and Adam's pictures feel like a gritty, street level superhero caper. Recommended for o ...more
Kevin Mann
Oct 04, 2012 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently there are THREE of these....i mistakenly thought there was only one when i bought it and was not pleased to see missing, the great work with o'neill. :-( ...more
Michael Kitchen
Classic comics by a one of the masters. Always fun stuff.
Michael Emond
There are three volumes in this series and this one has the weakest Batman STORIES due to the writing of Bob Haney. He was a prolific Batman writer (especially Brave and Bold and Teen Titans) in the 60's but his stories are very poorly written by today's standards, even from a fun perspective. Gardner Fox's stories still hold up due to their inventiveness but not Haney's. However, this is about the art and even in that sense this is the weakest of the volumes being the earlier Adams work. Howeve ...more
Jason Luna
Nov 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Like the title implies, the main reason for this book is the artwork of Neal Adams. And the artwork is pretty good. Neal Adams does a great job of displaying the kinetic energy of his characters, the emotional distress, and just a dynamic eye for detail and physicality in the characters size and strength. It's good art.

But as good as it is, pretty great, this volume it is mitigated and devalued by coincidentally some pretty bad Batman stories that drag on and get repetitive.

The couple of issues
I've been searching for comics to read. I have been all over the place in my search. Recently, I have been considering Batman. Many of the online recommended reading lists suggest beginning with Year One. Part of me has wanted to get into something from the 1970s. No list I have read for any title has gone there.

Today I stumbled across something that highlighted Neal Adams. It explained how he rescued Batman from the campiness of the 1950s and the Adam West show. It stated Adams drew Batman in t
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
A majority of these issues can be found in the hardcover Brave and the Bold edition ( It's like DC used the same book with a different cover/title? Bummer because now I own the Brave and the Bold Omnibus plus this trade back issue. Seems financially wasteful. I'm glad I didn't spend $300 on the omnibus edition of this graphic novel at the very least. I love Neal Adams. His art is stunning. If you want a collection of his work, go for it. If you're simply ...more
Chris Orme
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
29/100 (2019 Reading Challenge)

I love the classic stories. Like I love classic sci-fi, it just has something, a charm.
Batman fighting Nazis, how can you go wrong with that. Actually compared to modern stuff (dependant on the author) I find there is a lot more reading here. Don’t get my wrong appreciating a nice bit of comic art work is part of the joy of reading a comic but the story is a big part too.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5 *'s for graphic design
4*'s for the way the story is written - I love how reminiscent it is of Adam West's Batman
3*'s for the actual story - The first one was fantastic but the others weren't anywhere near as good. Like the one with Bruce taking on a new ward, all those super villains and it took a kid to work out Batman's true identity (right) and the last one was just War propaganda. So 4* overall.

Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2017
First, the Neal Adams artwork here is spectacular, art that transcends its time and pushes the boundaries in so many ways. The stories themselves are very much of their time and I think you have to consider than when evaluating the book(s). Clearly some are better than others, but the art is consistently amazing. On to Volume 2...
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eh... very "comic booky" ie Batman jumps out of a window and bounces off a flag pole like Spider-Man. Loved the art, even when it was silly, like Batman with his ankle on his knee and fist in chin, watching TV!
Not sure I will get future volumes if the stories are like this (... and only 1 villain???)
Luke Bell
Nice artwork; way ahead of its time. The actual stories are pretty weak.
David Smith
Great art, pretty substandard writing
Still… threatening, uplit, the ultimate villain hero. His cape whips around him, almost alive. Smoke from below, head backlit… – notes from a sketch by Neal Adams, from introduction

Neal Adams is undoubtedly one of the greatest Batman artists of all time. His Caped Crusader is truly a dark knight: perched on a Gotham City skyscraper, his cape engulfing him as he peers down at the shadowed city streets. Adams began drawing Batman at a time when the character’s stories were stagnant and coasting on
Aug 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Neal Adams is considered to be one of the most important Godfathers of Batman....right up there with Frank Miller and Alan Moore, and even its creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Adams, mainly as an illustrator, came along as Batman was hugely popular, but mostly as a campy, outlandish hero--he helped bring him back to his noir "roots." (Always been curious where exactly these "roots" are.)

This collection is from the late sixties, as comics where transitioning out of the Silver Age, with its sci-
Victor Orozco
Not too shabby, but it is a bit of a let down. Now I know that Neal Adams is one of the best Batman writers of all time. Responsible for giving the Caped Crusader a much needed boost after the 1950's had tamed him and the 1960's silly story-telling. Writing such great stuff such as the creation of Ra's al Ghul.

But this isn't it. In fact, Adams is still feeling a holdover from the 1960's camp and its a bit tricky to accept some of these stories. Still his Batman is a bit more moody and can see ho
Jamie Jonas
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As both an artist and a writer, I uncategorically state: No one, but no one, tops Neal Adams when Batman is at issue. The man did not invent this character, but he, with Denny O'Neil as writer, saved him from disgrace, gave him an incredible majesty, passion, and, yes, "coolness." Great though Alex Ross is as a contemporary comic artist, he's a long ways from surpassing Adams in his vision of the Dark Knight. I will admit that Adams' new artwork is unfortunately not up to snuff, but in his day h ...more
Adam Bender
Cool to see the beginnings of Neal Adams career drawing Batman. He is certainly one of the best, and there's a lot of great drawings in this collection. However, if you're looking for good writing, you probably should look elsewhere. For the most part, the Bob Haney stories collected here don't really hold up for a modern audience. The Green Arrow tale at the end was a pretty good yarn, but felt like too little, too late.

If you're a Neal Adams fan this is still a very cool collection. However, I
May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These are the stories and look that changed Batman forever from a campy hit TV show to the Dark Knight Detective. Neal Adams worked hard to create a visual look that was moody and dark as opposed to the bright look of earlier books. His attention to detail raised the bar back then and set the standard for years to come. The chance to read the stories again and see the artwork on nice heavy white paper with the art remastered for the series is one not to pass up....and you can also see Neal set t ...more
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Neal Adams is an American comic book and commercial artist known for helping to create some of the definitive modern imagery of the DC Comics characters Superman, Batman, and Green Arrow; as the co-founder of the graphic design studio Continuity Associates; and as a creators-rights advocate who helped secure a pension and recognition for Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

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