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Batman Chronicles, Vol. 1 Paperback – April 1, 2005
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The Batman Chronicles Volume One represents a big step in the right direction. This 192 page paperback begins the mammoth undertaking of chronologically reprinting every Batman tale from every comic in which he starred, beginning with "the Case of the Chemical Syndicate" from Detective Comics #27 (dated May, 1939).
The Good: The paper is cheap (a traditionalist, I prefer my comics on matte paper and with gutters!), the price is low and the quality is good. The design of the book is nice and the reproduction is pretty crisp.
The Bad: The physical size of the book is (like the Archives) disproportionate to the original comics, leaving huge margins at the top and bottom of the page while forcing the art too close to the spine. The art is still being recolored and worst of all, there's a distinct absence of historical perspective; The Batman Chronicles lacks even a cursory introduction. The book opens with a table of contents (that thankfully gives writer and artist credits), and does reprint the covers along with the stories, but some more context would be appreciated.
No doubt, DC is trying to squeeze as many stories as possible into each volume to make the books economically feasible to the fanboys (especially the obsessive ones who already own the Archives... yes, there are some who will buy both). But I'd still love some additional material such as editorial comment on the tales, reprints of advertising (and the "full page autographed picture, suitable for framing" from the back cover of Batman no.Read more ›
Prior to this, I had never read any Golden Age Batman beyond the brief, frequently reprinted origin story. Finishing this book, which collects DETECTIVE COMICS #27-37 and BATMAN #1, I realized a few things: first, the Batman of the Golden Age is a very different character from what we know today. Second, while many fans bemoan the campy Silver Age stories and TV show that turned the caped crusader into a joke, the first few Golden Age stories were just as crazy. Consider that, in the first half of this book, Batman:
- kills several criminals (even snapping one's neck with a kick)
- fights a giant gorilla
- travels to eastern Europe in the Bat-Gyro (Wow, that's > 10 hours, even in a jet! How does he relieve himself? Pitch it over the side?)
- fends off werewolves
- is strapped to a giant millstone that spins at crushing speeds
- is immobilized by the "irresistible power" of hypnosis
- encounters talking flowers (with human faces = disturbing!) that assist him in escaping a trap
Completely random. Totally ridiculous.Read more ›
This may be the only time in his career when Batman actually killed people. In one scene he is fighting jewel thieves and throws one over a ledge to his death. The earliest Batman was a dark and menacing figure more so than ever before or since.
The stories are very varied. Everything from killing giant monsters to fighting an army of killer blimps with death rays finds its ways into these pages. What these early writers lacked in materials and resources they had in ingenuity.
If you dislike the thought of Batman killing someone, or are a stickler for art, this may not be for you. It is the writing and storytelling that make this volume exceptional.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Stellar, as always. Bill Finger is truly the shadow hidden beneath the image of Bob Kane. A true legacy.Published 2 months ago by Patti Murray
If you really want to read more of the Batman "Classics" this is a great comic collection for you. This starts with every Batman story in chronological order. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really happy with this product. A definite recommendation for the avid Batman enthusiast looking to get into discovering the origins of This DC comics super hero. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nick Stornelli
Comics are colored and bound wonderfully. If you are looking for these comics and are not wanting to pay big bunches for a set that are colored and in order buy these. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jessi86
It's cool to be able to go all the way back to the beginning.Published 12 months ago by Gary Keefer
I bought this on a whim out of curiosity, and was impressed. this is not the Batman we all know today, it's very interesting to look back at the character's original stories and... Read morePublished 12 months ago by awesomeb42
This book presents the earliest adventures of Batman in a great format for a great price. It's much cheaper than the Archive editions and it is in a better format because it... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Elliott