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Tales of the Batman: Archie Goodwin Hardcover – July 23, 2013


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Product Details

  • Series: Batman
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401238297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401238292
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Archie Goodwin was one of the most respected writers and editors in comics, starting with his long run on Warren Publishing's series CREEPY and EERIE. At the end of the 1960s, he moved to Marvel Comics, where he wrote runs on IRON MAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK. In the 1970s, Goodwin created the legendary MANHUNTER spy series with artist Walter Simonson, along with several memorable BATMAN stories, then took on newspaper comic strips including SECRET AGENT X-9 and STAR WARS. With Simonson, he adapted the hit movies ALIEN and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND into comics. He was the founding editor of Marvel's EPIC line, including the magazine EPIC ILLUSTRATED.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jon Gabin on July 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
A pretty disappointing treatment by DC, but I'm coming to realize this is just about how much they care for their creators, their fans and their legacy characters (pre-New 52).

The stories included here are great, vintage Goodwin (for all of his strengths and weaknesses). A bevy of artists accompany, from Aparo, to Toth, to the most problematic: Marshall Rogers. Not a dig on Roger's wonderful turn here - what's so troubling is that the included Goodwin/Rogers story is the entire five-chapter Siege, also included in the Tales of the Batman for the artist. I think it's disrespectful to fans who purchase these 39.99 (less on Amazon, but still) that they double-dip so significantly. In the case of Goodwin, there's a lot more to have drawn upon.

Otherwise, of note in this collection is Deathmask (with Aparo), Death Flies the Haunted Skies (with Toth) - both previously collected in The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told, but that's beside the point - several wonderful Manhunter stories, and the out-of-print Night Cries (with Scott Hampton), which is almost worth the price of admission.

If you've been collecting the "Tales of" series, you have a decision to make - whether it's worth paying twice for the same stories. Unfortunately, unlike the Aparo collections, Goodwin's is not numbered, meaning this is, impossibly, the only collection of his Batman stories DC will be publishing. A shame.
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This book was great. But I bought it mainly for the Manhunter saga. The saga was one of beat action series ever. I wished they hadn't canceled it. Archie Goodwin was the best. I also like his name is the same as certain Nero Wolfe character. Bring back Manhunter.
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Archie Goodwin was the writer who made us care about these comic stories. He injected them full of real humanity and still made them everything from fun to emotionally poignant. He also worked with the best artist of that time. His take on Batman stands head and shoulders above the rest because you don't have to check reality at the door but, instead, easily weave it into the fantastic tales he wove, seemingly, effortlessly.
We lost a giant the day he passed. A gentle one, but in that gentility lies his immense power to move and engage the reader.
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