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Superman/Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Vol. 1 Paperback – March 7, 2007

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Grade 6 Up—This is one of the publisher's many recent anthologies that attempts to bridge the time line from the cheerful Golden Age versions of their characters to their contemporary incarnations. The difficulty with this, as the introduction straightforwardly acknowledges, is that DC's superhero characters have all been reset and recontextualized for a contemporary audience. So while this book begins with the first official meeting of Batman and Superman, another story of their first encounter, this one post-reboot, appears halfway through the volume. This is a jarring shift in both established history and tone, as the previous half of the volume consists of tales of chummy collaboration between the two heroes. The post-reboot stories begin as solemn and pensive, but the volume closes with a welcome madcap adventure, a deliberately antic retelling of the story that opens the volume. The book is hard to classify in terms of its intended audience. On the one hand, it contains valuable historical comics that would otherwise be unavailable to today's readers, but on the other, the substance and tone of the earlier stories are so radically different from modern comics that they emphasize their datedness. However, the final story in the volume works so much better when one can also see its historical context. There's an interesting jumble of talent here, but perhaps the scope covered prevents these stories from feeling as great as the publisher claims they are.—Benjamin Russell, Belmont High School, NH
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Writers: Edmond Hamilton, Jeph Loeb, John Byrne, Karl Kesel, Greg Rucka, Cary Bates and Len Wein Artists: Curt Swan, Ed McGuinness, John Byrne, Dick Giordano, Peter Doherty, George Klein, Tim Sale, Dick Dillin, Neal Adams, Joe Giella, Dan Davis and others --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (March 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401212271
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401212278
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on October 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
In a number of ways, the collaboration of the two legendary super heroes is an excellent depiction on the change of tone in such comic (book) story lines.

The volume essentially presents two initial meetings of the crime fighters; one which shows an unbridled trust and a second - updated - which depicts a wariness and tension between the pair. Perhaps generational, the reader may not necessarily enjoy both, but it does place the series in a very unique historical context.

It is ultimately a mixed bag that may be worth more to collectors than readers looking for a solid journey down memory lane.
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Superman and Batman, two of the most enduring names in Superhero fiction and the two most teamed up.

This book collects eleven stories featuring these characters.

We have the must-include, "The Mightiest Team in the World" from 1952 which features the first meeting of Superman and Batman on board a cruiseliner. The villain's nothing to write home about but this is a fun story.

"Superman and Batman's Greatest Foes" from 1957 has Superman and Batman v. Lex Luthor and the Joker. It's a fun, very packed 12 page story.

The next two stories, "The Composite Superman" (featuring a villain who is Half Superman and Half Batman) and "The Cape and Cowl Crooks" (featuring the duo battling a team of villains with similar powers.) are okay, but could probably be easily substituted for any other early-to-mid-1960s World's Finest story, and one of them probably should have been given that their plots seemed somewhat similar.

"The Superman-Batman Split" has Superman and Batman fighting against each other as Superman stands with one alien hunting down a criminal, and Batman sides with a criminal who has another side of the story. Batgirl, Supergirl, Robin, and Jimmy Olsen are drawn into the fight, though it doesn't turn out to be necessary because Superman and Batman are acting silver age. The Art of Neal Adams is a real highlight here. I'd read this in a Black and White showcase and this is one case where the color does make a difference.

Then we have 1971's, "A Matter of Life and Death" which has Clark Kent trying to hire a hitman to kill Superman. The story ends up involving magic and Doctor Light. It's interesting and a little confusing.
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