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Batman Cover to Cover: The Greatest Comic Book Covers of the Dark Knight Hardcover – May 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140120659X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401206598
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 8.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #991,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This dazzling collection of pop-art miniposters spans six decades of readers' fascination with the costumed hero. The editors selected roughly 250 from among the more than 2,000 covers done for Batman-themed publications. Batman has huge advantages as a graphic image. For one, the character has wonderfully dramatic looks—a swirling cloak, an inhuman mask and a grimly clenched don't-mess-with-me jaw. He also lends himself to strikingly lit, foreboding night settings. Regardless of what a particular story is about, he's always been a comics artist's dream subject. Consequently, though the book is organized loosely according to subjects, such as "Fearsome Foes" and "The Batman Family," it also takes pains to include examples of covers from different eras, featuring interviews with some of the artists who created the covers. Famous comics and media people from Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan to actor Mark Hamill also get to choose a favorite cover and explain briefly why they chose it. Fortunately, the editors have resisted the temptation to print a huge number of covers reduced to matchbook size, so these selections are large enough to appreciate. From Brian Bolland's hyper-detailed realism to Alex Toth's b&w minimalist rendering, this book does a good job of showing how much fun artists have had designing this comic book icon. (May)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen on May 25, 2005
I just recently received this book,and I can tell you it is well worth having. True, there are definitely some covers that are missing (in my opinion all of Jim Lee's covers should have been here from the Hush series. OUTSTANDING!!!) A beautifully done book to add to your Batman collection. This book does not cover all of Batman's many comic book covers, but this was not to be expected. Instead they point out some of his most daring and bold covers. Batman has had the benefit of being drawn by some of the greatest comic book artist ever. I beleive you will find it truly amazing how each one has their own distinctive style on creating the Dark Knight. So make sure you own this one. You won't be sorry. Hey, maybe they'll make a volume 2.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Severino on March 18, 2011
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This book is not art oriented. If it were, most of the covers displayed would have been left out. It's a selection of covers that span Batman's history and pinpoint some of the key moments in this character's life.

SPECIFICS:
Page Count: 240
Number of images: 284
Small images: 117
Half page images: 10
Full page images: 154
2-page spreads: 3
BW images: 5

TEXT:
Some of comics' biggest names in Batman history make some comments and choose their favourite Batman covers.
Those names are: Neil Gaiman, Jerry Robinson, Brad Meltzer, Tim Sale, Brian Bolland, Jim Lee, Jim Aparo, Jeph Loeb, Adam West, Geoff Johns, Denny O'Neil, Neal Adams, Sheldon Moldoff, Bob Schreck, John Ficarra, Mark Waid, Alex Ross, Paul Levitz, Chip Kidd and Mark Hamill.

ART:
5 images: 5 stars
45 images: 4 stars
181 images: 3 stars
53 images: 2 stars
0 images: 1 star

Overall: 3,5 Stars
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Bailey on May 13, 2005
Well first, it's Batman; that might be enough reason to buy it, even for the price. (I'm a collector anyway, so what's some bucks?) Anyway, it features a number of cool and "forgotten" covers done over the 65+ years of Batman being in comics. I was even surprised some of the covers of War Games got in, really nice. There are some well-written commentaries too, by artists and editors and the like, and what cover they picked.

The cover of the book itself is great. I thought it was just a hardbound book; it turns out, the dust jacket reveals some more to it. I was in awe when I opened it, well done.

My only rant, not all of the covers I wished to be there was not there. Well, that's how it is. Tec#700 and Strange Apparitons, I think, should've been in the list. Well, all in all if you have the money and would really have something to keep for a number of years, get this. Well, if not, I hope you can browse through it when you get a chance. It would be great.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Polonskiy on October 15, 2008
It was so cool reading this book and seeing so many of my favorite covers being reprinted and having all the numerous people who were essential to Batman (Dennis O'Neil, Christopher Nolan, Mark Hamil, Adam West, Jeph Loeb, etc.) talk about their favorite covers. It really took me back seeing some of them, and reminded me why I love Batman so much. The covers are great, and the reprinting if pretty high quality with a few that could have been better. Overall, I am incredibly satisfied with this book and will definitely look over it many a time to see all of the great covers. Five stars is not enough to convey my appreciation for this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 2006
This book is a joy to flick through. The artwork ranges from the bizarre to the exquisite to the viscerally jaw dropping to the light-hearted. It looks beautiful, and the little tid-bits of writing throughout the book are interesting (mostly).

Its a great book for fans of comic-book cover-art, and I was glad to see a few of my favourites throughout, though many people have commented on the absence of Brian Bolland's Killing Joke cover, which is one of the finest Batman covers to date. the editorial choice to exclude covers which do not feature Batman himself was a bit of a draw-back in this regard.

The main draw-back of this book is the extremely poor scan-quality of some of the covers. Since I own some of the books in question, comparing the actual issue cover to the one reproduced in the book is markedly different, and particularly bizarre since most of the problems are with newer issues. One meticulously detailed Brian Bolland cover is near ruined due to this, and I'm tempted to tear off my copy from the comic and stick it between the pages of this book. This was a major letdown, and as such I can't give this book a full five-star rating.

Highly recommended, but be aware of the poor quality of some of the cover-scans.
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I got this for one of my friends who's a photography/graphic nut and a huge Batman fan.
Also being a Batman/DC fan myself, I was tempted to keep it. So many great images from different eras and artists in one place.
Alas, I DID end up giving it to her and she loved it too.
The shrink wrap it came in was a little torn but other than that, it was great.
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By Russell49 on November 23, 2013
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This is a great companion to the Superman Cover to Cover book. I was hoping for more examples of the covers from the 40;s, 50's and 60's, but overall the Batman books are well represented. Great buy.
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