The Best of Batman

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The list author says: "This is the best of Batman (imo). A lot is made of bloated crossovers and 'event' stories and 'official' company sanctioned 'continuity' that changes constantly. But most of those stories miss the essence of the character and are simply made to make cash instead of giving quality. After reading and studying the character for almost 20 years, I feel these are the best Batman tales that truly do justice to this complex character.

Regretably, This list excludes the classic works of writer Alan Grant & artist Norm Breyfogle who teamed up in the mid '80s through the early '90s on various titles for some of the best Batman work ever created. These stories haven't been collected in trade paperback for some reason but hopefully that will be corrected in the future.

Batman was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane back in 1939, w/ strong additional contributions by Jerry Robinson, Dennis O'Neil & Frank Miller."
Batman - The Complete History: The Life and Times of the Dark Knight
1.  Batman - The Complete History: The Life and Times of the Dark Knight by Les Daniels
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  "The complete pop culture history of Batman. Examines what shaped his creation in the comics and tracks his evolution throughout the decades, from comics, TV, toys, films, and beyond."
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Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (DC Comics)
2.  Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (DC Comics) by DC Comics
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  "The best Batman stories from 1939-1983. An extensive volume that has since been replaced by inferior substitutes. All the best writers and artists who had worked on Batman up to this point are represened: Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson, Gardner Fox,Dick Sprang, Carman Infantino, Archie Goodwin, Dennis O'Neil, Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, Dick Giordano, Marshall Rogers, Steve Englehart, and more!"
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Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (DC Comics)
3.  Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (DC Comics) by DC Comics
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  "Solid foundation of the character from 1939-1983. Includes the 'Laughing Fish' and the 'Joker's 5 Way Revenge' among others. H/w the "greatest" was still to come for the Joker..."
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The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told Volume 2
4.  The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told Volume 2 by Various
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  "Classic stories featuring the Penguin & Catwoman"
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Batman Chronicles, Vol. 3
5.  Batman Chronicles, Vol. 3 by Bob Kane
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  "Ongoing reprint of the Golden Age Batman in chronological order. As of now - 10 volumes. A new hero mirroring the darkness within an America recovering from the Great Depression and at the dawn of a world war."
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Showcase Presents Batman Vol. 5
6.  Showcase Presents Batman Vol. 5 by Various
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  "Batman becomes the "Dark Knight" in these early '70s tales by Dennis O'Neil, Neal Adams, Frank Robbins and much more!"
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Batman: Tales of the Demon
7.  Batman: Tales of the Demon by Dennis O'Neil
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  "The duel begins! Batman vs. Ra's Al Ghul. All his best from the 1970s by O'Neil and Adams.  Classic 'Bronze Age' Batman at his best. The best stories in this volume were adapted, improved & updated by O'Neil for Batman the Animated Series."
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Legends of the Dark Knight - Marshall Rogers
8.  Legends of the Dark Knight - Marshall Rogers by Marshall Rogers
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The Untold Legend of the Batman
9.  The Untold Legend of the Batman by Len Wein
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  "Using 50 yrs of stories for reference, writer Len Wein & artist Jim Aparo retell the origin of Batman & his supporting cast by wrapping it in a new mystery. This is the origin of the 'golden age' Batman & is much different than 'Year One' h/w it's still a powerful story that sheds light on the character."
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Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder: From the 30's to the 70's
10.  Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder: From the 30's to the 70's by e bridwell
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Tales of the Dark Knight: Batman's First Fifty Years 1939-1989
11.  Tales of the Dark Knight: Batman's First Fifty Years 1939-1989 by Mark Cotta Vaz
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  "Chronicles every aspect of Batman's career from 1939 - 1989. A wealth of information and art work that melds together all eras to produce the most well-rounded historical representation of the character. Very highly recommended."
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Batman: Year One
12.  Batman: Year One by Frank Miller
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  "Miller's classic tale of Batman and Gordon's 1st year in Gotham.  This is the perfect place to start if you've never read a Batman book."
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Batman: Shaman
13.  Batman: Shaman by Dennis O'Neil
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  "What power does a mask hold? What makes a Shaman? This is the immediate follow up to Year One. Great collected Legends of the Dark Knight Arc (#1-5) from Dennis O'Neil."
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Batman: Prey
14.  Batman: Prey by Doug Moench
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  "Fantastic early story by Dough Moench and Paul Gulacy from Legends of the Dark Knight (#11-15). Batman's fight with corrupt cops reaches it's zenith. Catwoman, Dr. Hugo Strange, the GPCD and the Night Scourge hunt the Dark Knight."
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Batman: The Long Halloween
15.  Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb
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  "Essentially 'Year 2' - classic by Loeb and Sale where the Dark Knight tracks the Holiday Killer. Gordon, Batman, and DA Harvey Dent make a pact to clean up the city."
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Batman: Haunted Knight
16.  Batman: Haunted Knight by Jeph Loeb
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  "More great Loeb and Sale in 3 self-contained Halloween stories."
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Batman: Dark Victory
17.  Batman: Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb
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  "The brilliant sequel to 'Long Halloween' weaves a rich tapestry through the world of the Dark Knight.  A lot of atmosphere and a total immersion into Batman's life.  This is essentially Batman 'Year 3' with the introduction of orphaned circus kid Dick Grayson, the 1st Robin."
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Robin: Year One
18.  Robin: Year One by Scott Beatty
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  "The BEST Robin story you'll ever read. Chronicles the tragic and triumphant first year of Dick Grayson as the 1st Robin. And if you're feeling bold you may also like the weird craziness of "Allstar Batman & Robin" to read as a companion piece."
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Batgirl: Year One
19.  Batgirl: Year One by Scott Beatty
The list author says:
  "Batman 'Year 6-sih' (the year stuff is guess work -have fun with it).  Best Batgirl story I've read. Gordon's daughter, Barbara, breaks onto the scene as a crimefighter and Batman is not happy..."
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Batman: Son of the Demon
20.  Batman: Son of the Demon by Mike W. Barr
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  "The Greatest Ra's Al Ghul story ever. Batman succumbs to his dark side and joins Ra's (to fight a terrorist) and finds happiness with Talia. Perfect examination of the relationship dynamic between these 3 characters.
MATURE READERS ONLY!"
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Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth, 15th Anniversary Edition
21.  Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth, 15th Anniversary Edition by Grant Morrison
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  "MATURE READERS ONLY!
Very dark and disturbing. Symbolic & surreal take on Batman, his foes, and the Asylum they all share. A nightmare come to life where all of Batman's fears & insecurities are examined as his own journey into the heart of darkness."
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Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition
22.  Batman: The Killing Joke, Deluxe Edition by Alan Moore
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  "THE Batman and Joker confrontation! Cerebral, symbolic, groundbreaking, and brutal. From Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. MATURE READERS ONLY!"
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Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1
23.  Batman: Knightfall, Vol. 1 by Doug Moench
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  "The Dark Knight is broken by the monster known as Bane. While much better portrayed in the film "Dark Knight Rises" - the first volume of "Knightfall" is still a powerful story."
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Batman: The Black Glove Deluxe Edition
24.  Batman: The Black Glove Deluxe Edition by Grant Morrison
The list author says:
  "Morrison's landmark and innovative Batman opus. Read this followed by R.I.P, Final Crisis, Batman & Robin vol. 1-3, Time & the Batman, Return of Bruce Wayne, Batman Inc. & the Black Casebook for an epic story that ties together 70 years of Batman history for an intense, surreal & cerebral character study."
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Batman: Birth of the Demon
25.  Batman: Birth of the Demon by Mike W. Barr
The list author says:
  "O'Neil's ultimate Ra's Al Ghul vs. Batman story where we learn the Demon's epic origin. Norm Breyfogle provides fully painted illustration. The perfect 'last' Ra's story if there ever was one."
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Batman: Black & White, Vol. 1
26.  Batman: Black & White, Vol. 1 by Frank Miller
The list author says:
  "Wow! It doesn't get much better than this. All the best talents in the industry exploring the Dark Knight in short stories from the 4 issue original series. Neal Adams, Brian Bolland, Neil Gaiman, Klaus Jansen, Archie Goodwin, Joe Kubert, Ted McKeever, Dennis O'Neil, Frank Miller, Paul Dini, Bruce Timm, Kevin Nowlan, Matt Wagner, Alex Ross, Alex Toth, Walter Simonson and many more!"
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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
27.  Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
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  "The greatest Batman tale. After 10 years of retirement a 50ish Dark Knight returns to a nightmare Gotham for his greatest charge! epic as it gets."
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Kingdom Come
28.  Kingdom Come by Mark Waid
The list author says:
  "Batman plays a significant role in the Justice League's "final" story. Ties up some loose ends from 'Son of the Demon' and even 'Dark Knight Returns.' Although this is NOT an 'official' sequel to either. Some great Batman moments."
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Justice League: A New Beginning
29.  Justice League: A New Beginning by Keith Giffen
The list author says:
  "Batman leads the Justice League in this innovative collection. It's truly hilarious seeing a very serious and extremely annoyed Batman deal with the JLA like they're spoiled, snotty kids who don't know what they're doing. Really funny yet still captures the true character of the Dark Knight."
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Batman (Two-Disc Special Edition)
30.  Batman (Two-Disc Special Edition) DVD ~ Michael Keaton
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  "Tim Burton's operatic and darkly gothic homage to Kane and Finger's Batman of 1939 & Miller's Batman. Erased the campy, silly Batman in the view of the general public forever. This was a huge milestone for the character. Breaks Batman down to his essence for the ultimate 'stand alone tale.'  Also check out 'Batman Returns' for Michelle Pfeiffer's Catwoman~ Mrrow!"
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The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins / The Dark Knight / The Dark Knight Rises) [Blu-ray]
31.  The Dark Knight Trilogy (Batman Begins / The Dark Knight / The Dark Knight Rises) [Blu-ray] DVD ~ Christian Bale
The list author says:
  "This is what Batman's all about. Christian Bale is the ultimate Batman - a dark hero on the edge who's almost as terrifying as those he hunts. Director Chris Nolan takes the best of the original source material and some how takes it to another level."
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Batman: The Animated Series, Volume One (DC Comics Classic Collection)
32.  Batman: The Animated Series, Volume One (DC Comics Classic Collection) DVD ~ Kevin Conroy
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  "The classic, definitive portrayal of Batman from Bruce Timm and Paul Dini in 4 volumes. Also check out the movies 'Mask of the Phantasm' and 'Return of the Joker' & the series 'Batman Beyond' and 'Justice League' for the complete 'Dini-Timm' Batman legend."
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Batman - Mask of the Phantasm
33.  Batman - Mask of the Phantasm DVD ~ Kevin Conroy
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Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories
34.  Batman: Mad Love and Other Stories by Paul Dini
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  "Done in the style of the Animated Series. Features the classic story "Mad Love" and much more."
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Batman Animated
35.  Batman Animated by Chip Kidd
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  "Anthology book about Timm and Dini's classic character defining Animated Series"
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Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan
36.  Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan by Chip Kidd
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Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
37.  Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? by Neil Gaiman
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  "The perfect 'ending' to one of the most enduring characters in fiction. Complex, dreamlike, thought provoking & touching. Neil Gaiman helps us all say 'goodnight' to a true legend."
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