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The Batman Archives Vol. 8 Hardcover – July 3, 2012


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Product Details

  • 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: #1,152,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These were the adventures that made me a hard-core Batman fan from the age of six.
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This entire "Archive" series is a dream come true for so many of us who appreciated the fine artwork and "of the times" stories.
Henry Gross
The thin paper used, combined with the low 224 pages, make for a very thin volume.
Jim Davis

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jim Davis on July 26, 2012
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The revival of the DC Archives line continues with one of my favorites, Batman Archives, which collects the appearances of Batman in Detective Comics. I don't buy too many Golden Age archives but I make an exception in the case of the three lines featuring Batman, although this is not strictly speaking a Golden Age archive the stories having moved into the 1950s.

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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael C. Delich on September 10, 2012
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Great volume featuring some of the more scarcer issues of Detective Comics, due to the fact that the super hero craze was dying out and publishers were cutting down production numbers for these period issues. One of my fav stories in this volume, that I remembered reading as a child, was "The Strange Costumes of Batman."
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ? on October 28, 2012
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Most of these stories I read at the time they were published so there is a definite nostalgic bias in the rating above; but, that said,these stories hold up. The tales in this volume, as I remembered, were more mystery oriented than the earlier stories, and this volume proved me correct. These were the adventures that made me a hard-core Batman fan from the age of six. If you grew up in the early 50s and still have love for the comic medium, this volume is for you. I can't wait for volume 9.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Henry Gross on April 14, 2013
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I hope I live long enough to see re-issues of the fifties and 60's Batmans et all that so many of us grew up on. These are wonderful books. It just seems to take so long between new ones. This entire "Archive" series is a dream come true for so many of us who appreciated the fine artwork and "of the times" stories. Keep em coming!
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