- File Size: 21495 KB
- Print Length: 55 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics (May 25, 2011)
- Publication Date: May 25, 2011
- Sold by: DC Comics
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00CFW50MY
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,166 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The small print makes for a difficult read, whether on PC, tablet or phone. Still, this is a nice trip back in time...
I recently reviewed a modern graphic novel about Batman - Batman #1: Batman Day Special Edition (2016) (Batman (2016-)), stating that its depiction, “…is not your father’s Batman.”
Well, this classic reprint from 1940 is either your father’s, or your grandfather’s Batman.
Although set in type and in a format that does not make for easy enlargement so us older folks can read the dialogue, it is a pleasant trip back to the creation of Batman. As such, it is great fun. Take a glance at the attached screenshots to see the style of graphics and the challenge in reading the small fonts.
Length: Print, 24 pages.
Q - Target Audience/Genre and is it marketed as Nonfiction or Fiction:
A – Anyone interested in how Batman got his start and why is certain to love this.
Q - How was this book obtained?
A – Bought on Amazon.
Q - What sort of language does this writer use to amplify the points made?
A – Plain English.
Q – What age group is this suitable for?
A – All ages. Even us old codgers.
Q - My biggest pleasure or disappointment?
A – I wish I could enlarge each panel about fifty percent more than they do when double clicking on them.
Although the print version originally sold for 10 cents, this Kindle version at 99 cents is, after adjusting for inflation, a far better bargain. Downside? The Kindle version won’t increase over the next fifty years, while the print copy will probably make you a millionaire.
Four stars out of five.
Comments regarding your opinion of this book or of my review, whether favorable or unfavorable, are always welcome. If you buy the book based on my review and become disappointed, especially, I do want to know that and I want to understand how I can improve as a book reviewer. Just please be polite.
Even before "The Dark Knight Returns" there had been attempts by writer-artist teams (O'Neil and Adams, Englehart and Rogers) to get back to "the" Bat-man's gritty roots, but here, in fact, is a savage Batman, and truly maniacal villains.
Batman number one is the source.
There was definitely some front-loading going on for the launch of the all-Batman quarterly. When I bought Batman: The Dark Knight - Archives, Volume 1, I was disappointed to find that the high level attained in the four stories here were not typical of the Golden Age Batman. In fact, the very dumbest part of issue one, the page where Batman has Robin fight a gang of crooks with their guns taken away, followed by a panel where Batman points to the reader and says, "Kids, remember that criminals are cowards, and always despise them and their kind," was much more typical in Batman 2,3, and 4 than the stark first Joker story, and the equally stark second Joker story which open and close this quartet.
Especially strange, pun intended, was the leftover Hugo Strange story- famous for the panel where the Batplane streaks from the sky, spitting death. ("Much as I regret the taking of human life, I'm afraid this time it's necessary.")
The jewel theft on the yacht (the first appearance of "The Cat") is lighthearted compared with the mass murder going on in the other three stories.
Of many great panels, I will nominate two- the one of Batman leaping down the stairs into Brute Nelson's living room after he's been caught spying, and the Joker, dressed as the chief of police, saying "You can't win judge. You see, I hold all the cards," with a very scary smile... Bob Kane was a limited artist, but the things he did well he did very well.
Foundational. At least for me.
These early Batman stories reflect a rougher, rawer time. The people weren't so much naive or innocent as they were optimistic. They really expected others, and society, to be at its best. Batman's savagery in the face of real evil is an image of that time's reaction to a faction of that society's refusal to be part of the greater good.
I've wanted to see this comic my entire life. I was not disappointed; all the elements that have made this character and his universe the most popular hero today are here!