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Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years Hardcover – July 22, 2014
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Kane met writer Bill Finger at a party in 1938, and they soon were collaborating on comic book submissions. Their most famous effort, Batman, first appeared in DETECTIVE COMICS #27 (May 1939). As Batman’s popularity demanded additional output, Kane kept up the pace by adding assistants and dropping non-Batman assignments. He discontinued his comic book efforts in mid-1943 to pencil the daily Batman and Robin newspaper strip. After the strip’s 1946 demise, Kane returned to illustrating Batman’s comic book adventures and, with the help of several ghosts, remained involved with comics until his retirement in 1968.
The success of the Batman television series brought Kane and his art back into the public eye in 1966. He was subsequently featured in various one-man art shows at galleries and museums nationwide and released a number of limited-edition lithographs. He served as a consultant on the 1989 Batman feature film and its sequels. His autobiography, Batman and Me, was published in 1989, and in 1996 he was inducted into the Eisner Awards Hall of Fame. Kane died on November 3, 1998.
Top Customer Reviews
This collection gives some iconic stories. Of these to note are the origin of Batman in Detective Comics #27, the origin stories of Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Catwoman, issue #2 of the New 52 Batman, and the Knightfall story featuring Bane. There are a lot of other stories in here, general ones that aren't particularly famous in and of themselves but do give some context as to how the Dark Knight was portrayed at the time. They are important in their own way, such as one which was adapted into arguably one of the best episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, "Perchance to Dream". One complaint to note here is that we do get Batman's backstory quite a lot, which can get repetitive fast. Also, in one of those they do tease out the "Death in the Family" story line with the cover, which is appropriate for the story it portrays but really caught me off-guard expecting something else.
It has great artwork, especially if you consider the time each one was created in. It does show how the changing time caused the artwork to evolve, naturally and to the point where shifts don't seem that jarring throughout time. On that note, it also shows how Batman's story changed alongside society, from where it toned down the violence for the Comics Code Authority to where the fans who grew up with Batman wanted something grittier in their comic and how it responded. The book divides itself into five parts: The Dynamic Duo, The Caped Crusader, Creature of the Knight, Dark Knight, and Rebirth.Read more ›
Oddly the book only contains two more stories from the 1940s including “Accidentally on Purpose” from 1944 which features a new-look Alfred who spends his holiday at a health resort to lose weight, forever giving us the slim and trim Alfred we know today. I have never been a fan of the Batman stories of the 1950s and 1960s. The camp silliness of Batman dealing with aliens and other goofball threats are a low point in his history. The exceptions were the stories, and three of them are included in the book, written by Edmond Hamilton. Hamilton was one of the top Sci-Fi writers of the 40s and 50s and one of the few writers to cross over into comics. His Sci-Fi skills are utilized in “The Batman of Tomorrow” as Bruce Wayne has to call on the aid of a Batman from a future timeline to aid him when he is injured.
The Dark Knight Batman would not return until 1970 courtesy of the team of Neal Adams and Denny O’Neil in “The Secret of the Waiting Graves”. While I personally think that O’Neil wrote better Batman stories than this one, there is no doubt that Adams is one of the premiere Batman artists of all-time.
Here is part of the problem with the book in a nutshell. The first 31 years of Batman’s existence only get 131 pages of the book while the last 44 years get 300 pages so it is definitely very modern-heavy.Read more ›
All major Bat-creators are represented, except for a few that are best discovered in other collections. For example, it would make no sense to include one issue from any of the Loeb/Sale classics, nor would selecting one issue from the Miller "Dark Knight" saga.
But you get a few early tales, a sample of the goofy, pre-Julius Schwartz era, the necessary Neal Adams and Marshall Rogers examples, an early Frank Miller story, a later Jim Aparo (an earlier one would have been better)...
...but making your way through this volume certainly will give someone relatively uninitiated to the Batman mythos a nice overview...
...and to somebody familiar with Batman's history, it will provoke a strong urge to seek out comics/collections from your personal favorite era and re-read them...or in my case, find the eras I was NOT so familiar with, and brush up on my Bat-history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An okay collection of some okay stories of the bat, in my opinion you would get this for the first sight of the batman story and when Bane breaks batmanPublished 7 days ago by Derek Schmitz
My husband is a Batman fanatic, and he absoluely loved this. It's a great gift for any true Batman fans in your life.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Of course people could argue for a long time about what should be left out and what should be included in a book like this- or that it should be a lot longer, since this character... Read morePublished 2 months ago by thirdtwin
It is hard back and really pretty! My boyfriend loves it! It got here in a timely manner.Published 3 months ago by Alexis Lynne Curtis
So far the DC celebration series has been maddeningly uneven. Who is picking these stories? Shouldn't the fans or surviving creators been consulted? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kindle Customer