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Grade 6 Up—Over the last 69 years, Batman has experienced countless incarnations. For years, he seemed ageless and unchanging, but recently editors and writers have found many creative ways to explore the superhero's mythos. Expanding upon Michael Fleisher's The Encyclopedia of Comic Book Heroes: Batman (DC Comics, 2007), this volume attempts to clarify how Batman fits into these story arcs, and to catalog nearly every villain and close ally he encountered between 1939 and September 2007. Entries are limited to characters and information within the Batman universe. This focus on characters and internal plot may be fascinating to fans, but will limit the book's usefulness as a research tool. Fewer than one-third of the entries are accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. Two sets of color plates add much to the flavor of the work, though they impart little information. Overall, the book is extremely thorough within its scope and is well researched.—Dawn Rutherford, King County Library System, Bellevue, WA
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Robert Greenberger is the creator of Comics Scene, the first national magazine covering comic books, comic strips, and animation. He has worked for DC Comics and Gist Communications, and he served as director of publishing operations for Marvel Comics. Greenberger is the author of numerous novels, including adventures set in the Star Trek universe, and is the news editor for the trendsetting online popular culture site ComicMix. He lives with his wife, Deb, in Fairfield, Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (June 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345501063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345501066
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.1 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A writer, editor, and project manager, Robert Greenberger has been working in publishing since 1980. A lifelong fan of comics and science fiction, he watched dreams become reality when he first joined Starlog Press in 1980. There, he created Comics Scene which he edited during its initial run. In 1984, he moved to DC Comics where he worked as an editor or administrator until 2000, earning plaudits for his work on the Star Trek comic book. After a brief sojourn to the Internet, he returned to comics in 2001, this time working as an executive at Marvel Comics. This turned out to be a stormy, frustrating year and in 2002 he returned to DC as a senior editor in their growing collected editions department. In 2006, he left DC and found himself having the time of his life as Managing Editor at Weekly World News unitl its clueless management shuttered the paper.

Since then he has been a freelance writer, working on media tie-in properties, original fiction, non-fiction for your young adults and adults, and whatever else has come his way. He has cofounded the digital Crazy 8 Press.

He currently teaches high school English and Creative Writing in Baltimore County.

He makes his home in Maryland. For more, check out his website: www.bobgreenberger.com.

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Highly recommended for any die-hard Batman fan.
Jeffrey Elya
The book is soft cover which makes it a little flimsy compared to others, but it's also very thick and contains a lot of great information.
Cassandra
It has hundreds of entries on a myriad of Batman characters, places and gadgets, ranging from the the very famous to the extremely obscure.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Colin Smith on June 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
Wow!
I've been looking forward to this book since I first heard about it (October 2007??) and have had it on pre-order since.

It didn't disappoint. Not one bit.

The book is much in the same style as the Michael Fleisher Encyclopedia of the 1970s (recently reissued).

It has hundreds of entries on a myriad of Batman characters, places and gadgets, ranging from the the very famous to the extremely obscure.

And when I say obscure, I mean it. I also mean that in a positive way.
As a Batman fan of 30 years, I'm extremely interested in him and his supporting characters.
I'm therefore thrilled that this book isn't purely dedicated to well-known characters like Alfred, The Joker and Gordon. It also has entries on such oddball characters as The Eraser, Hydro and The Bouncer.
Some of the characters listed in the book only appeared once or twice, and often not as the main villain of the story (there are entries for various henchmen and gangsters).

In comparison to the Fleisher book, there is less detail, sometimes quite considerably.
However, I think this is a good thing. Mr Greenburger has covered a lot more comics, over a greater number of years than Mr Fleisher. To be able to go into minute detail (as Fleisher did) for the number of comics that represented here would mean several volumes would need to be released (and probably several more years).
In addition to this, sometimes I felt the original encyclopedia to be overly descriptive in parts, sometimes quoting lengthy text portions from the comics. This doesn't happen in this new book. Don't get me wrong, I love the Fleisher book for this, and treasure it as the devoted work that it is.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peppercorn on April 7, 2010
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It has been roughly 30 odd years since anyone has re-written what Michael Fleisher wrote in Encyclopaedia of Comic Book Heroes - Batman Volume 1. If there was ever anyone qualified enough to take on the challenge it definitely would be robert Greenberger, that's exactly what he did analysing and filling entries for every character, craft, gadget and major storyline. Every character from the Dark Knight's world catalogued and then some,more added ones that were not even heard of. If you have the slightest presumption that you are a Batman buff then this exhaustive guide is a dream come true for you readers. As it says on the front "the ultimate guide to the man behind the mask, and the mythology behind the man". This is all about him his origins, his friends, his enemies all the secret identities revealed nothing left per chance all presented in alphabetical order easy to find character by their real names and then if that's not enough by their character names this is an encyclopaedia to envy. Perhaps it's Batman's ability to be many varied things to all men that has secured this ever lasting and ambitious epoch over 70years and still continuing after seventy years. From the pulp influence of the early years to the adventures in the 1960's Greenberger had much ground to cover he did it so magnificently, supported by excellent illustrations colour and black and white. This encyclopaedia is a chronological history of every single character that has ever appeared in Batman and all the other Bat related magazines since his very first appearance in Gotham city.Read more ›
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jon Repesh on June 11, 2008
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This encyclopedic style tome is effective as a who's who of Batman related characters and devices, but unfortunately only scratches the surface. The information provided for most is far from complete, so depth is wanting. This is understandable when discussing certain characters with prodigious appearances like the Joker, who would be extremely difficult to produce a complete bibliography for, but the few obscure characters I researched had minimal data on them as well. Very little if any mention is made about the creators or the animated universe, and considering some of these characters came into prominence from the DCAU, this is a glaring weakness. The writing is average at best and has a poor narrative flow. It jumps from present to past and back again. The book's appeal and its main target audience will be the beginning or casual reader. Many long term Batfans may not find this relatively expensive book worth the cost for the uncertain amount of info they may find. Don't get me wrong, there is knowledge to be gleaned here, but it's a shame that the finished product isn't worthy of the aggregate effort, which ideally would have been an exceptional book that would be considered a must have by all fans of this great iconic legend. More than most, it will probably come down to the price as the determining factor on whether or not to purchase it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2011
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This book is an essential for the serious Batman reader. It explores everything in this pop icon's comics mythos up until the disappearance of Bruce Wayne. Due note however that it does not cover Batman's big screen or small screen incarnations, simply the comic book lore. This encyclopedia can also help you if you find yourself getting lost with all the Grant Morrison current revampment of the character's past (i.e., you will be able to sort throught the source material he's borrowed from). I highly recommend this book!!!
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