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About the Author

The man most closely associated with the Silver Age Flash, Carmine Infantino began working in comics in the mid-1940s as the artist on such features as Green Lantern, Black Canary, Ghost Patrol and the original Golden Age Flash. Infantino lent his unique style to a variety of super-hero, supernatural, and Western features throughout the 1950s until he was tapped to pencil the 1956 revival of the Flash. While continuing to pencil the FLASH series, he also provided the art for other strips, including Batman, the Elongated Man and Adam Strange. Infantino became DC's editorial director in 1967 and ultimately its president before returning to freelancing in 1976. Since then he has pencilled and inked numerous features, including the Batman newspaper strip, GREEN LANTERN CORPS and DANGER TRAIL.
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Product Details

  • Series: Tales of the Batman
  • Hardcover: 520 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401247555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401247553
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #720,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By D. Haupert on June 14, 2014
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I'm not going to refute what previous reviewers have already stated, they make some valid points. But what they seem to forget is that this book is THE best collection of Carmine Infantino's BATMAN artwork - both stories and covers to date (note to readers: some of the BATMAN/DETECTIVE comics which Carmine did the covers for contained interior artwork by other artists and so only those covers are included and not the stories themselves). Over 500 pages of Carmine's beautiful art from the 1960's is reprinted in glorious color.
Carmine was a Master of Comic Book Covers. Each one had some kind of hook that drew you in, made you want to know how the story inside was going to turn out. Remember the house which resembled the Joker's grinning face? The introduction of the new Batgirl? Batman putting up his crime fighting gear for auction? Batman about to reveal his secret identity to Batgirl while Robin looks on in astonishment? Or Robin weeping openly as he holds a newspaper which proclaims Batman is dead?
Carmine Infantino was THE Batman artist of the 60's. His artwork appeared on quite a lot of the Batman merchandising in the 60's and 70's. I'm glad to see DC Comics finally recognize this talented artist who helped keep Batman's popularity so high. If you are familiar with Carmine's artwork, this book is a real treasure. For those unfamiliar with this master of art, you are in for a real treat.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By James Looman on June 4, 2014
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As nice as this book looks with the slick interior pages and showcasing Infantio's cover art for Batman in the 1960's, I can only give it 3 stars. Whoever compiled this volume left out Brave and the Bold 67 and Detective 355, both cover dated Sep 1966. Where is the quality control at DC?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diamonddulius on June 8, 2014
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Hard to believe, but Batman was in serious trouble proceeding the original publication of these stories. The entire industry had been somewhat watered down with the advent of the Comics Code, and superheroes in general had fallen out of favor. In an attempt to keep Batman popular, editor Jack Schiff had taken a page out of Superman editor Mort Weisinger's book and made the character's adventures bright and sunny. Batman was no longer dark and mysterious, instead surrounded by an extended family that included Bat Woman, Bat Mite and even a Bat Hound! Batman had a myriad of costumes and gadgets and went on time and space travelling adventures. This approach worked much better for Superman, as Schiff's appropriated approach had a negative effect on Batman's sales.

Enter editor Julie Schwartz, who had a track record for great selling comics. Most recently, Schwartz had revitalized several of DC's superhero properties for a new generation. It was decided that Schwartz would then take over the Batman books. His first decision was to bring his number one artist on board. Infantino had already successfully revitalized the Flash and done stellar work on new character Adam Strange. So, it should come as no surprise that his work on Batman was also a success. So successful, in fact, that tv exec William Dozier was inspired to start the wildly popular (and wildly campy) Batman tv show after reading some of Schwartz/Infantino's comics. These stories, along with the tv show, literally saved Batman from cancellation. For the next couple years, Batmania swept the nation, and the character's place in pop culture history was secured.

So, with the recent advent of artist-centric books put out by DC, it should come as no surprise to anyone that these stories would be collected.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dennis M. Roy on June 7, 2014
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In 1964, DC's arguably foremost editor, Julius Schwartz, took over the editorship of Batman and Detective Comics, the sales of which had been slipping badly for some years, from incumbent editor Jack Schiff. To attempt to inject new vitality into the moribund character, Schwartz brought one of his favorite artists, arguably the man in large part responsible for the success of the Silver Age revamp of The Flash, Carmine Infantino. The Schwartz/Infantino stories turned Batman away from the science-fiction themes and "Batman Family" preoccupations of the Jack Schiff-edited period. The attempt was being made to modernize Batman for Silver Age comic book readers, and the Schiff stories were viewed as stagnant and dated. Ultimately, DC Comics would publish three very different incarnations of the character they called "Batman" in the short 10-year period from 1961-1970: the Jack Schiff-edited Batman of 1961 to early 1964, artistically defined by Bob Kane's ghost artist Sheldon Moldoff and emphasizing science fiction elements and spinoff characters like Batwoman, Bat-Girl (Betty Kane), Bat-Mite, and Ace the Bat-Hound; the Schwartz-edited "New Look" Batman of 1964-early 1968, stylistically defined by Infantino and emphasizing mystery and crime detection; and the later Schwartz-edited post-TV era Batman of late 1968-1970, stylistically defined by legendary artist Neal Adams, laying the basic groundwork for the Bronze Age Batman, which became the foundation for nearly all subsequent permutations of the character.

While sales rose on Batman and Detective after Schwartz took over the titles from Schiff, they didn't rise as dramatically as DC would have liked, not matching those of other Schwartz-edited DC superhero titles in the period preceding the TV show's debut.
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