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The Batman Annuals, Vol. 1 (DC Comics Classics Library) Hardcover – April 28, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401221920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401221928
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on April 28, 2009
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"DC Comics Classic Library: Batman - The Annuals Vol. 1"
(DC Comics, 2009)
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At last... a reprint that does Batman justice! This is how I remember enjoying Batman as a kid, when I stumbled on some beat-up old copies of these great 80-page Annuals, big thick books that contained the cream of the crop of his classic adventures from the 1940s and '50s. This is Batman at his giddy, goofy, just-for-fun best, with streamlined, action-packed stories written in a much simpler time.

When the DC Archive series started a few years ago, I thought those high-class hardbacks would fulfill the same sense of wonder, but was disappointed to find that -- waaah, boo-hoo -- reading the early stuff from the 'Forties was actually pretty boring, especially when you read it in chronological order. When they skipped ahead to the mid-1960s (in the "Dynamic Duo" books) that helped a lot... But this volume is really the cream of the crop, fun, fantastic stuff that is really the best and most appropriate introduction to the Dark Knight. This is an especially good book to give very young readers, to give them a chance to discover Batman without getting bogged down in the dense psychology and dark violence of today's Bat-books. This old stuff is just plain fun. Yay. Great reprints. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By William W. Miller on March 1, 2010
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This is the Batman I grew up with! Before all the Dark Knight stuff. Good fun and great memories. I remember several of these stories from when I was a kid. This is Batman before he went into analysis. Villans were colorful and our heros always knew the right way to deal with them. Highly recommended. Can't wait for the next volume.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lou Cole on September 25, 2010
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Not many comic books today are published with young readers in mind. These two Volume containing the collection of the early 80 Page "Batman Annujals" published years ago by DC Comics contain stories that were published back in the days when comic books were published with kids in mind.

DC Comics does publish "Batman" comic books for younger readers, however, the stories in thes two volumes are much better. "Batwoman" and her young sidekick the original Batgirl appear in som of the stories. Also appearing are Ace, the Bathound and the magical imp from the Fifthe Dimension "Bat-Mite."

These books would make a great gift for youngr readers.
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