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"5 out of 5 stars" - Daemon's Books

"sure to please Bat-fans everywhere." -Booklist

"Michael Uslan brought comic books to academia in the 1970s with class (figuratively and literally) and he brought Batman to Hollywood a decade later with the same sort of integrity. I've been reading or watching his work since my youth and the intellect always shined through - now with his memoir I also see the emotional backbeat of his hero's journey."
-Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times

"For anyone with an interest in comics history or collecting The Boy Who Loved Batman is a must read. " Sci-Fi Bulletin

"Folks, buy this book. I PROMISE that it's going to make you laugh, cry (I did), and nod your head in a "That's me!" sorta way. The story and message of this book moved me tremendously. " -Batman on Film

"Five Stars. The Boy Who Loved Batman is an amazing read and will inspire you to fight for your dream. " - The NerdiestKids.com

"Don't miss this spellbinding tale of one man who saw what Batman was-and realized what he could become. See how Michael Uslan took a comic book hero and, through the magic of motion pictures, helped transform him into a world-wide icon!"
-Stan Lee, Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics and Chairman of Pow! Entertainment, co-creator of Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man, and The Hulk

"An inspirational tale of how one individual, armed only with a lifelong desire of restoring dignity to his beloved Batman, can prevail against all odds and emerge triumphant, forever altering the pop-culture landscape in the process. Informative, warmly witty and deeply human, it should be required reading, not just for comic book and movie fans like me, but for anyone looking for a concrete plan to make their own dreams come true!"
-Mark Hamill, voice of the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series and Arkham Asylum video game, creator of the Dark Horse comic, The Black Pearl, and Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy

"A rousing, entertaining tale of movie producer, Michael Uslan, and his fanboy-fueled quest to reinvent DC Comics' Batman for the big screen. Lushly produced with four-color interior artwork and oversized hardcover binding, this is a fun journey Dark Knight fans will want to take alongside Uslan, who was the driving force behind all the recent Batman movies" -Family Fans

"Who in the world is lucky enough to have a "grand dream," then to enter it, embrace it, and have it become part of their life? Michael Uslan is just such a blessed person. His name and persona is forever linked to the Batman. Isn't that the coolest damn thing you ever heard?"
-Neal Adams, Creator's Advocate and artist and writer of Batman, X-Men, Crazyman, and Blood

"The Boy Who Loved Batman should also be recommended as inspiration for young boys who dream of carrying on their love for superheroes into adulthood. Mike Uslan is proof that you don't have to leave all that behind and "grow up" to become a success.' - Cineweekly

"This story is such an inspiration for anyone looking to make his or her passion into a lifetime career. Michael reached his goal of restoring the integrity of Batman because he never gave up!"
-Malin Akerman, Silk Spectre II in the film Watchmen

"This book appeals to both comic book lovers and movie enthusiasts, touching on important aspects of both worlds. It is not just for Batman lovers, but people with true curiosity of a man whose dream and determination propelled him to success." -The Setonian

"The fact that Mike Uslan has developed his love for comic books into a full-blown (and very successful) career is nothing short of amazing. It's a wonderful world."
-Joe Kubert, comic book artist of Sgt. Rock, Hawkman, Tarzan, Tor, and Flash

"He'll pull you into the world he's helped to fashion and make you appreciate the challenges and triumphs." Comics Buyer's Guide

"The Boy Who Loved Batman is fundamentally about how to make it in the world doing what you love. Every high school library should have this book and every business-minded teen should be reading it. Uslan made it, big time, and he provides a perfect example for others to follow." - Bookslut

"Mike Uslan went 'firmly in the direction of his dreams,' as Henry David Thoreau suggested, and on the journey helped redefine popular culture and confer respectability on a maligned art form. Mike's is a great American success story and The Boy Who Loved Batman is a terrific read."
-Dennis O'Neil, comic book writer and editor of many works, including Green Lantern, Batman, and The Shadow

"Michael [Uslan] shares his story in this amazing book filled with photos that is sure to bring back fond memories!" -On Screen and Beyond

"Michael Uslan writes exciting superhero stories, produces blockbuster superhero films, curates historic superhero exhibitions. Readers of this fascinating insider's look at how comics and movies are made will discover the biggest secret known to all of us in the business: Michael Uslan is a superhero!"
-Jerry Robinson, co-creator of the Joker and Robin the Boy Wonder

About the Author

Michael Uslan is a film producer with numerous award winning projects to his credit. He is Executive Producer of all of the Batman features from Batman to The Dark Knight Rises and won an Emmy Award for TV's "Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego?" He has been a speaker at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at the Smithsonian Institution, and taught the world's first accredited college course on comic books.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Edition edition (August 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811875504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811875509
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #361,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Not too long ago, the idea of a Batman film franchise revolving around a serious, dark Batman was considered laughable by practically everyone in Hollywood. One individual had the vision and prescience since childhood to see otherwise. Michael Uslan's memoir tells the tale of how a kid with a dream can one day make it a reality - even as the weight of Gotham City is bearing down on you. Born into a middle class family in New Jersey, Uslan's look back through the years wonderfully meshes humor with nostalgia making for a wonderful read, taking the reader on an emotional journey through life's ups and downs, thereby making this book a must read for anyone, comic book fan or not. (It must be noted, however, that if you are a comic book fan, this read is absolutely essential - Uslan's inside account of the industry provides a rare and unique look into its pioneers and evolution). Uslan has fought vigorously for comics to be taken as a serious American art form, capable of masterful storytelling, and even serving as an educational medium. After reading this book, I don't know how it is possible for anyone to make a legitimate argument against such a stance. However, what makes this visually stunning memoir such a stand out is just how much the reader takes away from the book after reading it. Uslan's narrative is a refreshing glimpse into the life of the man who forever changed the world of entertainment, but does not revolve around fame, gossip, and money in Hollywood - that is completely counter to what the author is about. Uslan's story is about passion, hard work, sacrifice, and focusing on what matters in life - namely family and friends.Read more ›
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I've often wondered how movie producers and people successful at that level got there. I don't know if Michael Uslan's story is at all typical, but he really lays out, step by step, how he got from being a fan of Batman comics as a boy to making the entire Batman movie franchise happen -- twice. It shows what a person can do if he loves what he's doing, has a specific goal, and won't take "no" for an answer, period.

I don't really have a criticism, as it's a very enjoyable read, but I do wish he had gone into a little more detail about the making of the first Batman movie, and his part in bringing Batman Begins along, too. But I suppose that would almost be another book.
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"The Boy Who Loved Batman" (2011) chronicles the passion of childhood dreams and the determination to see them realized on a grand scale. Despite countless rejections and numerous obstacles, producer Michael E. Uslan's vision of a serious "Batman" film resulted in a 1989 popular-culture phenomenon. Along the way, Uslan examines the realm of superhero comics from a humanistic, witty and academic perspective. Stylishly illustrated, this insightful memoir deserves a wider readership beyond the Comic-Con audience.
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This is a very fun book to read. If you're a fan of batman, you'll enjoy this look at the batman obsession inhabiting the mind of Michael Uslan. The pictures are colorful and nostalgic and the memoir itself is funny and even poignant at times. He writes with wit about his childhood and his growing love for comic books and although I'm not a comic book reader and never have been, I thought this was a fun look at that world of comicbook lovers. There are a few flaws that I could not overlook. 1) the print of the text is small and when Uslan includes some realia like rejection letters and personal notes, the writing is so small that you have to put the book closer to your face to read it. The captions of the pictures are also in this extremely small print. 2) Another flaw, for me, was that this is not a book for young kids. While Uslan writes in a fun-loving style, the text is splattered with curse words (several f bombs) and innuendos. I was disappointed because I assumed that my young son could also read this book, but I cannot recommend this book for young kids. 3) There is hardly any mention of how blockbusters "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" were made. While he explains for a few pages the making of "The Swamp Thing", there is surprisingly little to no details about the most recent Batman movies. As a casual fan, this disappointed me. However, the positives outweigh the negatives, and I recommend this memoir for adults who enjoy the batman stories.
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If there is a bigger fan of Batman than Michael Uslan, I don't know who they are. Uslan has not only collected Batman books, taught courses on comics, he even produced the Batman movies. This book is part memoirs, part Batman collectibles scrapbook, and part comic book history.

This is an extremely high quality book; the dust jacket is beautiful, the pages are highest-quality paper of varied colors, and the reproductions of the classic Batman comic cover art is vivid. One of my favorite parts is the full- page facsimile of his rejection letters from the movie studios.

At times Uslan is a bit self-indulgent, but the book is titled "The Boy Who Loved Batman" and so it is clearly about himself. But that never dulls my appreciation for his journey. One of the most touching parts to me is when he expresses how excited he was to speak to the U.S. Corps of Cadets at West Point. He shows his humanity- with all that he accomplished as a movie producer; he relates that his most memorable event was speaking to the young cadets.
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