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Batman Cover to Cover: The Greatest Comic Book Covers of the Dark Knight Hardcover – May 1, 2005
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From Publishers Weekly
This dazzling collection of pop-art miniposters spans six decades of readers' fascination with the costumed hero. The editors selected roughly 250 from among the more than 2,000 covers done for Batman-themed publications. Batman has huge advantages as a graphic image. For one, the character has wonderfully dramatic looks—a swirling cloak, an inhuman mask and a grimly clenched don't-mess-with-me jaw. He also lends himself to strikingly lit, foreboding night settings. Regardless of what a particular story is about, he's always been a comics artist's dream subject. Consequently, though the book is organized loosely according to subjects, such as "Fearsome Foes" and "The Batman Family," it also takes pains to include examples of covers from different eras, featuring interviews with some of the artists who created the covers. Famous comics and media people from Batman Begins director Christopher Nolan to actor Mark Hamill also get to choose a favorite cover and explain briefly why they chose it. Fortunately, the editors have resisted the temptation to print a huge number of covers reduced to matchbook size, so these selections are large enough to appreciate. From Brian Bolland's hyper-detailed realism to Alex Toth's b&w minimalist rendering, this book does a good job of showing how much fun artists have had designing this comic book icon. (May)
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Top customer reviews
In any event, this is one time where the the written content being so light did not bother me. This is not suppose to be a "good read", but rather an appreciative tour of the cover art over the years.
Another reviewer mentioned the poor reproduction scans of many covers. I would agree with this. The quality is very poor for some and at best, fair for most. In some instances, it looks like some recoloring was done too. Not sure if this is a case of the publisher cheaping out or just simply doing the best they could do based on some technical limitations. Either way, it's very noticable. This is really the only negative I would have to say about it. I'd give this a 3 1/2 star rating if I could, but gave it a full four only because I felt a 3 would have been too low. To the Batman collector, this is a great book for you. To the Batman reader, you might want to look else where.
Page Count: 240
Number of images: 284
Small images: 117
Half page images: 10
Full page images: 154
2-page spreads: 3
BW images: 5
Some of comics' biggest names in Batman history make some comments and choose their favourite Batman covers.
Those names are: Neil Gaiman, Jerry Robinson, Brad Meltzer, Tim Sale, Brian Bolland, Jim Lee, Jim Aparo, Jeph Loeb, Adam West, Geoff Johns, Denny O'Neil, Neal Adams, Sheldon Moldoff, Bob Schreck, John Ficarra, Mark Waid, Alex Ross, Paul Levitz, Chip Kidd and Mark Hamill.
5 images: 5 stars
45 images: 4 stars
181 images: 3 stars
53 images: 2 stars
0 images: 1 star
Overall: 3,5 Stars
Also being a Batman/DC fan myself, I was tempted to keep it. So many great images from different eras and artists in one place.
Alas, I DID end up giving it to her and she loved it too.
The shrink wrap it came in was a little torn but other than that, it was great.