- Paperback: 164 pages
- Publisher: It Books (December 7, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 006107327X
- ISBN-13: 978-0061073274
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 12 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Batman Animated Paperback – December 7, 1998
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About the Author
Paul Dini has been making cartoons at Warner Bros. since 1989. Starting with Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toons Adventures, he went on to write (and eventually coproduce) Batman: The Animated Series. He won four Emmys, three comics industry Eisner awards, and has, within the space of sixteen years, written more cartoons than most sane people will see in a lifetime. He lives in Los Angeles.
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I remember that I first bought a copy of this book in the early 2000s. I cherished this book and often referred to it for artistic inspiration as well as for repeated reading. I despaired when it was lost and grieved even more when I saw the stratospheric asking prices being asked for replacement copies. Long story short, I saw that Amazon had some for very reasonable prices (below even the original cover price) and I jumped on it. To say that I was happy is an understatement.
I have purchased and enjoyed such Warner Animated series such as Batman Beyond, Superman: The Animated Series, and JLA/JLA Unlimited. I will also purchase the entire Batman: The Animated Series catalog in the near future, especially since it's the one that started it all. This book is an invaluable 'companion piece' and a treasure by itself. I definitely highly recommend it.
The real meat of the book lies in its visuals: photos, line art, animation cels, background keys, licensed toys, etc. The layout of these materials seems a bit haphazard (for being done by the "design-god" Chip Kidd), with captions sometimes hard to correlate with their images and numerous fold-out pages (which I really don't care for). However, the sheer number and quality of images is amazing, and some of the full-page renderings of production key art is breath-taking. I question some of the image choices in the character-design section, particularly the villians. But, again, there's a lot of ground to cover here and the quality and quantity of pictures is overwhelming.
The book was published before Batman Beyond and Justice League, so the ending comments might seem a little off. Still as a retrospective on the "B:TAS", you can't ask for much more. This would have been a 5 star review, if only there'd been a little more reading and a bit less visual confusion.
Bottom line: Love "Batman: The Animated Series"? Buy this book.
This book also have a huge page (like a poster) of the Title Card of each episode in the series, is wonderfull