The campy, Pop-art-infused Batman television series that d�buted in 1966 was not just a hit in the U.S.; it also set off an international wave of Batmania. A Tokyo publisher licensed the comic-book rights and new weekly Batman adventures appeared for more than a year, drawn by Jiro Kuwata, a manga prodigy who co-created the popular cyborg superhero 8-Man. His work, never reprinted and previously untranslated, was so little known here that, until its rediscovery by Kidd and Ferris, even DC Comics, �Batman� �s publisher, was unaware of its existence. Kuwata, an action virtuoso, employed hypnotic geometrical motifs within his panels, incorporating realistic Batman and Robin figures into an exaggeratedly cartoonish style. His Batman fights villains like the shape-shifting Clayface and Go-Go the Magician, as well as typically Japanese oversized robots, insects, and dinosaurs.
Chip Kidd is a graphic designer and writer in New York City. His two previous books about comics for Pantheon were Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross. Both won the Eisner Award and were national bestsellers.
Geoff Spear is a photographer, living and working in lower Manhattan. For over two decades he has shot hundreds of images for a wide range of book covers, by such authors as Haruki Murakami, John Burdett, Augusten Burroughs, Oliver Sacks and Daniel Gilbert, among many others.
Saul Ferris is a founding partner in the law office of Ferris, Thompson and Zweig, in Gurnee, Illinois. During the last twenty years, he has amassed the most comprehensive collection of vintage Japanese Batman toys and memorabilia in the world.
Really cool book, but cover came off within the first day of just browsing through it. Returned it and received a new copy within 2 days. Read morePublished 1 month ago by S. Paul
Wow!!! Didn't know this existed!! If you like Manga and if u like batman then you must get this!! It is soooo amazing!!!Published 1 month ago by Jessica
I love this book. It is a little pricier than the soft cover edition, but you get an autograph and beautiful full color illustrations. Read morePublished 6 months ago by E. Rodriguez
Batman and Robin tangle with several new villains and a few old ones in this collection. While I wish it was longer, its still a great read and a wonderful coffee table book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Thor Tallmon
Love this book! It takes awhile I get used to the Manga style of reading the pages, but once you're over that it becomes an interesting an enjoyable romp.Published 14 months ago by Robert E. Sohl
Great wacky Batman & Robin adventures from Japan! Don't expect any dewy eyed ladies, it's drawn in the way Japanese think foreigners draw.Published 16 months ago by Chihiro