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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions; First Edition/First Printing edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781608871032
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608871032
  • ASIN: 1608871037
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mark Cotta Vaz is a New York Times bestselling author with more than 25 published books, including the critically acclaimed Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong, a TLA finalist selection. His "making of" books have documented TV's Lost and such feature film productions as The Spirit and the Twilight saga.

Paul Levitz is an award-winning writer, comics editor, and executive (publisher of DC Comics for two decades; President & Publisher from 2002–2009). He recently wrote 75 Years of DC Comics (Taschen) and teaches at Columbia, Pace, and Manhattanville. He lives in New York City.

Nathan Crowley is the twice Academy Award™–nominated Production Designer behind Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. Crowley’s credits include Insomnia, The Prestige, and Public Enemies, among many others. The Dark Knight Rises marks his fifth collaboration with Nolan. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Mark Cotta Vaz is the author of over twenty-one books, including four New York Times bestsellers. His recent works include Mythic Vision: The Making of Eragon, The Spirit: The Movie Visual Companion, and the biography Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong, which was a Los Angeles Times bestseller

Customer Reviews

Batmobile tumbler when gotham !
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Great pictures and great materials which are never seen in other books.
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The batmobile is the world's most famous car.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Festoon on July 10, 2012
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If you were looking for complete and graphic details of Batmobiles then this isn't for you. But, if you were looking for an overview of the Batmobile myth and legend then this book is a great start. It does mostly feature details of the Tumbler, Christopher Nolan's realistic take on the Batmobile for his trilogy. I wasn't disappointed when it skipped over the Batmobile of the 60s because that has been done and this book is timed to be released with The Dark Knight Rises. Having gotten the Art of Batman Begins book and seeing some detail there, this was a little more detail and telling of the making of the Tumbler. If you have a collection of Batmobiles and want to add this book to your collection then it is a fine book. If you are into moving making or vehicle making and want exact details then this book isn't for you but it was a fun read and has some great pictures and four page spreads. I have been a Batmobile fan for 40 years and this book is a great addition to my collection of movie Batman books. I didn't miss the lack of details on the Tim Burton or Joel Schumacher Batmobiles because I bought this knowing it was mostly about the Tumblers.
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42 of 54 people found the following review helpful By R. Fletcher on July 7, 2012
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As a Batman & Batmobile fan for over 52 years I was hoping for the best from this book but the woefully inadequate coverage of the '66 Batmobile is very disappointing to say the least. There has been over 45 years to collect info on the TV Batmobile and what is presented is barely a measly token effort to showcase the most famous of all Batmobiles. The two photos of the real '66 Batmobile are a joke and only the cockpit area is seen. The photos of the "real" car are not even the one that was in the TV show - but of one of the later clones Barris cobbled together. The whole chapter is a slap in the face to all the fans of this, perhaps greatest of all, Batmobile.
There is also several wasted pages that could have had useful photos instead. Pages 2, 14, 15, 197, 108 & 139 are an example.
There is so many photos that should have been here but are sadly missing.
There is no index.
There should have been a whole chapter on Batmobile toys, diecast & models. There is a brief mention of the Aurora kit but no pictures. There is also some photos of diecast or models but who knows what as there is no caption.
Chapters 4 & 5 cover the Batmobiles of '89, '92, '95 & '97. There is mention of the Batmissle but no picture of it.
The Batmobiles of the comics are covered okay but the main focus of the book seems to be on the Dark Knight series of movies and the tumbler. The coverage of this latest Batmobile is very good but if you are not into the bat tank military look and were hoping for some intelligent info on the '66 Batmobile then you are out of luck.
It looks like we will have to wait some more before someone does this history right.
One simple fact remains, the title of this book is "Batmobile the Complete History". It is not called The Tumbler. Therefore I expect a complete history which, sorry to say, this is not.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lionness3 on March 8, 2014
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Husband loves anything to do with batman and cars....So this was the perfect gift for him to get the best of two worlds....He even displays the book with the different models of bat mobile cars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AND_NC on January 13, 2014
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This was purchased as a gift for a pretty big fan of Batman. The recipient was very excited and the book does a good job of detailing different facets of the batmobile's history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniele Tosti on November 13, 2013
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Great insides into one of the most recognized designs ever.
Plenty of pictures and drawings.
A must collector and movie lovers book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anne on October 9, 2013
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Beautiful photographs with marvelous color.Great coffee table book.Great gift for any Batman enthusiasts..My husband loved this gorgeous book of all the batmobiles !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kelly J. Mix on September 7, 2013
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As a long time Batman fan, I thought this book would offer some cool history, and images, of the entire Batmobile collection. It certainly did. Beautiful glossy pages makes the images shine, and the clarity of the pics is nice. Professional photography abounds, as opposed to relying on captured images from the films, and TV. Personally, I wish there were more images of the ORIGINAL 1966 TV Batmobile, still the coolest on in my opinion, but all in all, a REALLy good book on this vehicles history through the ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cath on May 29, 2013
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Fantastic book great graphs fast delivery great price . Son so happy with book as he is a huge Batman fan . Great for his collection of memoribilia
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