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Batmobile: The Complete History Hardcover – July 10, 2012

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions; First Edition/First Printing edition (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608871037
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608871032
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you were looking for complete and graphic details of Batmobiles then this isn't for you. But, if you were looking for an overview of the Batmobile myth and legend then this book is a great start. It does mostly feature details of the Tumbler, Christopher Nolan's realistic take on the Batmobile for his trilogy. I wasn't disappointed when it skipped over the Batmobile of the 60s because that has been done and this book is timed to be released with The Dark Knight Rises. Having gotten the Art of Batman Begins book and seeing some detail there, this was a little more detail and telling of the making of the Tumbler. If you have a collection of Batmobiles and want to add this book to your collection then it is a fine book. If you are into moving making or vehicle making and want exact details then this book isn't for you but it was a fun read and has some great pictures and four page spreads. I have been a Batmobile fan for 40 years and this book is a great addition to my collection of movie Batman books. I didn't miss the lack of details on the Tim Burton or Joel Schumacher Batmobiles because I bought this knowing it was mostly about the Tumblers.
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As a Batman & Batmobile fan for over 52 years I was hoping for the best from this book but the woefully inadequate coverage of the '66 Batmobile is very disappointing to say the least. There has been over 45 years to collect info on the TV Batmobile and what is presented is barely a measly token effort to showcase the most famous of all Batmobiles. The two photos of the real '66 Batmobile are a joke and only the cockpit area is seen. The photos of the "real" car are not even the one that was in the TV show - but of one of the later clones Barris cobbled together. The whole chapter is a slap in the face to all the fans of this, perhaps greatest of all, Batmobile.
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.
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This book is a celebration of one of the most iconic pieces of hardware in comic book and movie history -- the Batmobile. It's fascinating to see all the different designs and how they have progressed over the years. In my opinion, it is great that the Batmobile has been able to be reinvented so many times - from the fantastical to the functional.

One thing to note is that the vehicles of Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy, including the Tumbler, take up a large portion of the book. Other Batmobile iterations are certainly included, but they don't have as much space in the book as the Tumbler. The cover suggests as much, and as a fan of the Tumbler I am completely fine with this -- but fans of the older Batmobiles might find this disappointing. The second-most featured Batmobile is probably that from the 1989 Burton film.

Included are a lot of high-res images of the various Batmobiles, both exterior and interior. I was really impress with the included photographs - it's great to be able to see the details of the vehicles and their components. However, I would have liked more cross-sections, concept art, measurements, mock-ups, etc. Most images are of the final product, so unfortunately there's not much insight into the process of designing these amazing vehicles.
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As a long time Batman fan, I thought this book would offer some cool history, and images, of the entire Batmobile collection. It certainly did. Beautiful glossy pages makes the images shine, and the clarity of the pics is nice. Professional photography abounds, as opposed to relying on captured images from the films, and TV. Personally, I wish there were more images of the ORIGINAL 1966 TV Batmobile, still the coolest on in my opinion, but all in all, a REALLy good book on this vehicles history through the ages.
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Allot of very nice pictures and illustrations of the various Batmobiles. I dont have any major complaints maybe a few schematics and such. Still for the price not a bad book. If you are a big fan of the Batman series this is a fine addition. If not then I would just go see if this is at your local library.
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Like another reviewer, I wish there was more on the old 60s series Batmobible. Also wish there was more on the various comic and cartoon vehicles such as the one on the Batman Adventures.

However I did love the coverage on the new Tumbler model and the 89 Batman movie. Also has decent coverage on the later Batman movies which didn't have great production values though the cars were still pretty cool.
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