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Batmobile: The Complete History Hardcover – July 10, 2012
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About the Author
Mark Cotta Vaz is a New York Times best-selling author with more than 25 published books, including the critically acclaimed Living Dangerously: The Adventures of Merian C. Cooper, Creator of King Kong, a TLA finalist selection. His "making of" books include Godzilla: The Art of Destruction and Interstellar: Beyond Time and Space.
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There is also several wasted pages that could have had useful photos instead. Pages 2, 14, 15, 197, 108 & 139 are an example.
There is so many photos that should have been here but are sadly missing.
There is no index.
There should have been a whole chapter on Batmobile toys, diecast & models. There is a brief mention of the Aurora kit but no pictures. There is also some photos of diecast or models but who knows what as there is no caption.
Chapters 4 & 5 cover the Batmobiles of '89, '92, '95 & '97. There is mention of the Batmissle but no picture of it.
The Batmobiles of the comics are covered okay but the main focus of the book seems to be on the Dark Knight series of movies and the tumbler. The coverage of this latest Batmobile is very good but if you are not into the bat tank military look and were hoping for some intelligent info on the '66 Batmobile then you are out of luck.
It looks like we will have to wait some more before someone does this history right.
One simple fact remains, the title of this book is "Batmobile the Complete History". It is not called The Tumbler. Therefore I expect a complete history which, sorry to say, this is not.
As it should, Mark's story on the most legendary, and iconic, fantasy car of all-time unfolds from its humble beginnings in the Spring, 1941 issue of DC Comics "Batman #5 ", all the way through to the 2012 version known as "TUMBLER". And, the Q & A at the opening of the book that pairs long-running DC Comics Vet, PAUL LEVITZ, with NATHAN CROWLEY an Academy Award-Nominated Production Designer for the Christopher Nolan "Dark Knight Trilogy", is a superb add ! Their inside info brings depth to the excellent research that MCZ has imbued in this volume.
The book is a visual delight for all Batfans and contains 148 pages within its hardcover, with page-after-page of both color and b&w photos, sketches, blueprints, info on the Bat-Builds, Batman & Detective comic book pages & info, a fold-out page featuring the TUMBLER, quotes from the producers, builders, artists, designers, Batmobile-Drivers, execs, et al...hey, what can I say ?! This is one very cool add to your Library...and, if you're smart, you'll buy two and give one as a present to one of your special Bat-Friend's !
I should tell you that I was first-alerted to "Batmobile: The Complete History" by my friend "The King of the Kustomizers" GEORGE BARRIS. It was during an Interview Session we did in July, 2012. George, of course, is quoted in Mark's book about his build of the fantastic 1966 TV Batmobile, which was based on the Lincoln Futura concept car from the Ford Motor Company. But, this is only one of the stories you'll read on the various Bat-Builds in your journey through the pages of this superbly documented volume.
I HAVE BEEN A BATFAN since I was a kid, and one of my favorite comic covers of all-time is Dick Sprang's instant-classic done for "Batman #20" which shows the Batmobile tearing through the cover ! It's one of the most powerful images you could ever imagine. In this Batbook, you can see the penciled/inked cover art on Page 26. It's amazing with or without color !
To sum it up, "Batmobile: The Complete History" is a "keeper" !