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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (February 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140121214X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401212148
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,083,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Features the work of Bob Kane, Roy Thomas, Bill Finger, Bob Haney, John Broome, Frank Robbins, Paul Levitz, Paul Pope, Steve Englehart, Tomer Hanuka, Sheldon Moldoff, Carmine Infantino, Marshall Rogers, Irv Novick, Joe Staton, Bob Brown, and Asaf Hanuka. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janson HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 18, 2007
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The second volume is DC Comics' Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, proves to be vastly superior to first, featuring stories culled over a period of sixty-plus years of Dark Knight history. While the stories are usually presented chronologically, this one deviates slightly in order to present the origin of the Golden Age Batman as the first story. This story was originally published in Secret Origins in 1986 and is written by Roy Thomas with art by Marshall Rogers. It's an interesting inclusion, serving to remind modern day readers of the "other" Batman.

Sadly, only one Golden Age story is included but it's a gem. From Batman #1,the caped crusader faces off against Professor Hugo Strange who he encountered for the first time in Detective Comics #36 a couple of months earlier. Strange has escaped from prison and also helped free five insane patients from an asylum. He uses a growth hormone to turn them into hulking monsters. Artist Bob Kane was certainly interested by popular films of the era. His monsters look very similar to Universal's Frankenstein monster and later one climbs to the top of a very tall building while Batman attacks him from the Batplane in an ode to King Kong. It's a great story and Kane's art is superb.

Now jump ahead a couple of decades to the late 50's and early 60's for the next two stories from Batman #108 (1957) and #153 (1963). These two stories with more simplistic art by Sheldon Moldoff are in complete contrast to Kane's darker style. Also by this time, Batman was in his phase of battling silly alien threats. I've never been a fan of these stories as they just don't fit Batman's persona.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By DPK VINE VOICE on June 29, 2007
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For my money, DC's revamping of the "Greatest Stories" line has still fallen well off the mark set by the 1980s/90s editions. That said, this volume actually stands up fairly well. While I certainly enjoyed some more than others, I won't dwell on the merits of the stories chosen for inclusion versus other candidates (with one exception which I'll get to later). I think that the nature of this kind of compilation combined with the nearly 70 year history of the character makes it almost inevitable that no single volume will be 100% satisfying.

That said, I was especially pleased by the inclusion of the 1980s story "All My Enemies Against Me" which was not only historically significant but also a really enjoyable, compelling story. I also enjoyed "Citizen Wayne" for the fun spin it put on Batman's oft-told origin. On a similar note, Roy Thomas re-telling of Batman's early years was more good fun, especially for those of us who remember the pre-Crisis DC universe and never found the Earth-1/Earth-2 business hard to follow.

My only reservations about this volume are relatively minor. First, the absence of the capsule biographies of writers and artists struck me as a glaring omission from a company that has always been good about touting their very talented creators in compilations. Secondly, I remain disappointed at the lack of respect shown by DC for the writer/artist team that really solidified my enjoyment of Batman in the 80s and 90s. For me, Alan Grant's and Norm Breyfogle's take on Gotham and its residents ranks up there with the legendary Englehart/Rogers run of the 1970s. I can understand their not making the cut for Volume 1 but surely Volume 2 was their turn (especially since they were basically ignored in the Batman in the Eighties collection).
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This collection of Batman comics is a survey of stories of the dark knight including a 1986 re-yelling of his (original) origin as well as stories that help define the character of batman as it is now and how he was portrayed in the past. The highlights:Prisoner of Three World, featuring the dynamic duo with Batwoman and Batgirl showing the odd treatment of women in the 50s as both romantic partner yet untouchable and somewhat unwanted in that role. "All my Enemies against Me", beautifully drawn by Don Newton (with whom I was unfamiliar) give so a good survey of Batman's rogues gallery in the early eighties and anot opportunity to see cat woman as a hero. "Cave Duelers", a sort of untold origin story of how Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) was accepted into the Bat-family. And Citizen Wayne" a take-off of Citizen Kane starring the batman casthe by megastar comic writer Brian Michael Bendis. The are about six more stories in there that are ok. For what I paid it was nice reading. Not great. Paper is newsprint, print quality is ok. Nice cover by Alex Ross. The 19.99 cover price is ridiculous.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Reigle on June 4, 2013
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If you are a batman fan you should buy this. Vol 2 is a lot better than vol 1. I enjoyed it very much.
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