- Series: Batman Archives (Book 8)
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (July 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401233767
- ISBN-13: 978-1401233761
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 0.6 x 10.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,317,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Batman Archives Vol. 8 Hardcover – July 3, 2012
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There is a definite shift in emphasis in this volume compared to previous ones. There is only one appearance by one of Batman's classic costumed foes, and that appearance was more in the way of a cameo than anything else. All of Batman's antagonists in this volume are "ordinary" crooks that don't wear costumes. Despite that, they are indeed a very eclectic bunch in most cases.
All the stories revolve around a gimmick of sorts and it is really striking how cleverly the writer (in most cases unknown) plots (indeed, overplots) the story around it. The result is almost always highly entertaining.
An interesting story in this volume is from Detective 167, "Bodyguards to Cleopatra!", involving Batman and Robin traveling back in time to solve a mystery. Artist Dick Sprang does an impressive amount of research but writer Bill Finger really drops the ball when he shows pyramids being built in the time of Cleopatra. Pyramids were as old to Cleopatra as she is to us. Another curiosity is that Cleopatra and company are depicted as swarthy Egyptians on the cover but white as the queen of England in the story proper. What happened there?
My only complaint is that the book collects only 16 issues. For the increased cover price I hoped a few more issues could have been included. The thin paper used, combined with the low 224 pages, make for a very thin volume.Read more ›
Of course, the one story contained herein, "The Man Behind the Red Hood", features the origin of the Joker, was a story almost no one ever expected to see, as the character was nearly 11 years old and no hint of an origin.
Batman creator, Bob Kane, was involved in many of the stories, penciling and inking the Batman and Robin characters for issues #155, 161, 162, 169 and 170 [in addition to the art where he was credited], and George Roussos inked the cover to #168 [left off credits page].
True Batman fans will love this volume, and the art is by a variety of the Batman artists down through the years that made Batman!
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In my opinion, Batman can be divided into the following periods: pre-Robin (May 1939 - March 1940), pre-code (April 1940 - August 1954),pre-New Look (September 1954 - April 1964),... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alan