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Batman: The World of the Dark Knight Hardcover – July 2, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 9
  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: DK CHILDREN; First Edition edition (July 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0756692490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0756692490
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Daniel Wallace is a comic book expert, sci-fi sage, and lifelong geek. Author or co-author of more than two dozen books including The Jedi Path, Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman, DC Comics Year by Year, Iron Man Manual, and the New York Times bestselling Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters, his specialty is exploring the underpinnings of popular fictional universes. An avid genre fan, he has also worked as a professional contributor in the realms of Indiana Jones, Smallville, and Supernatural.

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Everything you could ever need to know about him is in this book!
wjw2010
I would recommend this to any batman fan who wants to know 70 years of history of this amazing character.
Alvaro Aguirre
This was bought for my 8 year old Great Grandson and he loved it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alvaro Aguirre on July 10, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Pretty in depth info on the history of the dark knight comics, characters, story lines,etc. I would recommend this to any batman fan who wants to know 70 years of history of this amazing character.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Brian48 on July 13, 2012
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Obviously, this is not a graphic novel so anyone looking for a deep read, this is probably not the book for you. It's essentially a high level overview of Bats through the years since he's been in publication. A brief write-up of all the various Ages from Golden Age to the present. I've found that books like this are generally boring for all save the most serious Batman fan, but this one does do something I don't think I've seen before.

Many "historical" books like this will mention either key moments or key books published throughout the years, but this one included a full story synopsis of each book referenced. I thought this was very helpful as it gives me an idea as to why the book is worth mentioning (without having to search out that back issue to see what this is all about).

All in all, I think I would still only recommend this to only the most rabid Batman fan, but casual fans may find it entertaining as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian on December 27, 2012
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This is a beautiful book. The pictures and the layout of the pages are fantastic.

The people behind these recent encyclopedias by DK should be proud!

Covers every aspect Batman's mythology all the way to the New 52.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Wilson on December 26, 2012
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I wasn't sure what to get my 28 year old nephew who loves DC & Marvel comics and books. I took a chance on this and he had never seen it before. He absolutely loved it and couldn't put it down after he opened this present. Great choice for the batman collector!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By jmcal1213 on August 16, 2012
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My 8-year-old son chose this book for himself with an Amazon gift card he got for his birthday. He waited eagerly for its arrival, and since then he has barely put it down. He loves it and reads and re-reads it every single day. The full-color graphics are stunning, and it packs loads of in-depth Batman info per page. This Batman encyclopedia will wow fans of all ages. A must for comics lovers!
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Format: Hardcover
Created by Bob Kane as a pulp vigilante figure in the late 1930s for what is now Detective Comics, the famous caped crusader of the night, known as the Batman, is one of those characters that has been integrated within the public consciousness throughout the years; whether through the comic books themselves or via the many incarnations of animated/live-action film and television series, video games, novels, and other such outlets. With over seventy years of publication history, Batman's comic book run provides a wealth of information for Dorling Kindersley to sift through for this two-hundred page compendium of the Dark Knight's many story arcs, his rogues' gallery, extended family and highly advanced gadgetry.
As with most of DK's publications surrounding particular major franchises, 'Batman - The World of the Dark Knight' serves as a storage facility of information for the more hardened fan and the general passer-by alike, celebrating DC's brooding character of the Batman in his entire run so far, from his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 (1939) to the latest New 52 reboot of Batman (Volume 2) #1.
This compendium, first published in early 2012, explores Batman's influence and storylines, starting from his war-time Golden Age adventures, retroactively placed onto the parallel world of Earth-Two, going on to look at his science-fiction themed times during the Silver Age of the 50s and 60s, and continuing into the Bronze, Dark and Modern Ages that explore a darker character taken back to his pulp-fiction roots.
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I have been out of the loop for over ten years now and this book was very helpful bringing me back up to speed.
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Get to know everything you wanted to know about Batman. This book will give your child a new perspective of the man behind the mask, the villains he fights regularly as well as the tools he uses. The book will also highlights the key issues of the comics and present the allies of the Dark Knight. Your child will be able to go back in time and witness the changes in the batmobile, the costumes, the origins of the Batman, as well as learn some of the wit and wisdom of the Batman.

The book contains numerous drawings, detailed information on some of the characters, and a detailed timeline on the well-known character from the DC universe. The book is up-to-date with current comic books as it will bring you up to speed with the New 52 series at DC. It is a great book to introduce your kids to the Batman and his world.
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