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Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, Vol. 1 Paperback – May 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (May 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401204449
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401204440
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,088,375 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This volume includes 13 selected Batman stories designated as "best." Although Les Daniels admits that "best" may be in the eye of the beholder, theses stories were carefully selected to depict different aspects about The Batman character. They include stories from each decade starting with the forties. The origin of the Batman is taken from its original source, Detective Comics, November 1939, and it is retold in DC, March 1974: The Night of the Stalker.

In The Case of the Honest Crook (Batman 5, Spring 1941), Wanted: Santa Claus -- Dead or Alive! (Spring 1980), and Favorite Things (Legends of the Dark Knight, January 1996), Batman forgives crooks who repent. These stories along with 24/7 (Batman: Gothic Nights, October 2002) shows Batman's humanitarian angle as he combines philanthropy with crime-fighting. Now 24/7 stands out from the rest of the group. Plotless, it shows a utopia of order and control through a series of vignettes connected by the chronology of time. Each vignette shows the effect that Batman and Bruce Wayne have had on Gotham. Reading this story one wonders why would criminals bother at all to commit crimes in Gotham? In spite of its idealistic Utopianism, it reminds us that the major motive for Batman's existence is his parents' death.

The 1970s shows us a revival of a ruthless, mysterious, and noirish Batman: The Batman Nobody Knows (Batman, July 1973), The Joker's Five-Way Revenge (Batman, September 1973), and Night of the Stalker, cited above. My favorite of these is the last one because his pursuit of three common criminals embodies the fear that he should instill in his opponents. Giordano's stress on shadows, and Englehart's refusal to give speech to Batman makes this the most gothic and noirish of all the stories here.
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This collection of Batman stories is great! Each of the stories showcased in this collection is from a different era in Batman's history... and they are all fun to read and admire. My personal favorite in this collection is O'Neil/Adams' "The Joker's Five Way Revenge," perhaps because it is from the '70's, when I began reading comics and Adams' intepretation of Batman is so life-like. Also notable is "..My Beginning...and My Probable End," by Bar/Davis/Neary, since it fills it provides another round of character development for Bruce Wayne. For a semi-campy Batman and Robin story, "Robin Dies at Dawn," delivers. Even "24/7," a tale in the post-"Bruce Wayne -Murder?" era is an interesting story of Bruce Wayne rebuilding his reputation.

This collection provides a good representation of the development of Batman through the 20th century. A must have for Batman and comics fans.
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VOL 1 and 2 great art work , good stories, get away from the stress of life, RELAX read BATMAN.
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