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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions; First Edition/First Printing edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608871037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608871032
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 12 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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19 of 21 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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43 of 56 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JMM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Length: 0:55 Mins
This book is a celebration of one of the most iconic pieces of hardware in comic book and movie history -- the Batmobile. It's fascinating to see all the different designs and how they have progressed over the years. In my opinion, it is great that the Batmobile has been able to be reinvented so many times - from the fantastical to the functional.

One thing to note is that the vehicles of Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, including the Tumbler, take up a large portion of the book. Other Batmobile iterations are certainly included, but they don't have as much space in the book as the Tumbler. The cover suggests as much, and as a fan of the Tumbler I am completely fine with this -- but fans of the older Batmobiles might find this disappointing. The second-most featured Batmobile is probably that from the 1989 Burton film.

Included are a lot of high-res images of the various Batmobiles, both exterior and interior. I was really impress with the included photographs - it's great to be able to see the details of the vehicles and their components. However, I would have liked more cross-sections, concept art, measurements, mock-ups, etc. Most images are of the final product, so unfortunately there's not much insight into the process of designing these amazing vehicles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonnie King on December 16, 2012
Format: Hardcover
IN PUTTING THIS SPECIAL BOOK TOGETHER , Mark Cotta Vaz has really done his homework ! In fact, through the years he's done a lot of homework: he's had over 25 books published...and this would have to be one of the "Crown Jewels" of his career !

As it should, Mark's story on the most legendary, and iconic, fantasy car of all-time unfolds from its humble beginnings in the Spring, 1941 issue of DC Comics "Batman #5 ", all the way through to the 2012 version known as "TUMBLER". And, the Q & A at the opening of the book that pairs long-running DC Comics Vet, PAUL LEVITZ, with NATHAN CROWLEY an Academy Award-Nominated Production Designer for the Christopher Nolan "Dark Knight Trilogy", is a superb add ! Their inside info brings depth to the excellent research that MCZ has imbued in this volume.

The book is a visual delight for all Batfans and contains 148 pages within its hardcover, with page-after-page of both color and b&w photos, sketches, blueprints, info on the Bat-Builds, Batman & Detective comic book pages & info, a fold-out page featuring the TUMBLER, quotes from the producers, builders, artists, designers, Batmobile-Drivers, execs, et al...hey, what can I say ?! This is one very cool add to your Library...and, if you're smart, you'll buy two and give one as a present to one of your special Bat-Friend's !

I should tell you that I was first-alerted to "Batmobile: The Complete History" by my friend "The King of the Kustomizers" GEORGE BARRIS. It was during an Interview Session we did in July, 2012. George, of course, is quoted in Mark's book about his build of the fantastic 1966 TV Batmobile, which was based on the Lincoln Futura concept car from the Ford Motor Company.
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