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."
"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 An extensive volume that has since been replaced by inferior substitutes.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!"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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."