Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Golden Age Batman, Vol. One

The DC Comics Golden Age and Silver Age reprint series are must-have books for collectors. Reprinted in full color with covers, this Batman volume reprints Detective Comics # 27 -45, and Batman # 1-3, and The New York World’s Fair Comics # 2. Fans will be familiar with some of these early Batman stories. However, many stories have never been reprinted since their original publication. The essential elements of Batman’s mythology are all evident. Creator Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger clearly modelled Batman after The Shadow, and the tales are all moody, night-time adventures. Bob Kane’s awkward, stiff artwork is redeemed by his ability to layer a scene with fog or moonlight or some other gothic imagery. These are the stories that served as a template for Batman’s transformation in the early 1970s from the chubby cowled crusader into the Dark Knight of today thanks to writer Denny O’Neil and artists Neal Adams, Irv Novick and Dick Giordano. My favorite here is Detective Comics # 29, only Batman’s third appearance. He battles Doctor Death in a great, vintage mad scientist tale. This volume also introduces The Joker, Robin, the Bat-plane, and the Batmobile – which looked so much cooler back then than they do now. These stories teeter-totter between being creepy to cornball. The original color palette is reproduced to great effect. A fantastic collection overall, and historically vital. Additional volumes are already available for Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and The Flash. I have never seen these in a bookstore, so I recommend logging onto Amazon to order. 

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