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Showcase Presents: The Brave and the Bold - The Batman Team-Ups, Vol. 2 Paperback – December 26, 2007

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up–Robin is easy to like because he is fallible and immature. This volume includes a good portion of the late '60s/early '70s comics featuring The Boy Wonder. As a college student, he has to face the dominant issues of the day, namely civil unrest and campus radicalism. Comic art from this period is entirely black and white, with heavy lines and lots of background and shading. It can be a daunting visual and takes some time to get used to. While some cultural issues may fly over readers' heads, for the most part the book has plenty of action, strong characters, and the ever-present sarcastic asides that make comics such fun to read.–John Leighton, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401216757
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401216757
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By P. J. Doree on May 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
Ok, bone weary of people bleating about how these books are in black & white.
Newsflash for the few comic fans who still don't know: Showcase Presents & Marvel Essentials are in black & white, ok? Get over it. It's still exceptional value for money.
As for B & B 2, well, it's clearly a VAST improvement on vol 1. Sure there is some great Neal Adams stuff in the previous volume, but there's a lot
of old tat as well.
Herein, you get Adams, Nick Cardy and THE Brave & Bold artist, ( Also the best Batman artist ever. Discuss. ) Jim Aparo, along with stories from the
insane genius of Bob Haney.
Haney was the kind of writer who never let realism, continuity or even simple logic get in the way of a good story. And his B & B stories are always mad flights of fun. Remember when comics were FUN?
( For instance, in vol. 1, witness the Bats / Sgt. Rock tale, where he gets around the tricky problem of having two characters from different times meet, by having Bats simply say " Back when I was in WW2, I met Sgt. Rock ", when we all know this is impossible. You have to admire that kind of chutzpah. )
Similarly, when teamed with Aparo, Haney seems let off the leash, and promptly puts Bats through: Being possessed by the ghost of a wooden legged sailor / Selling his soul to the Devil / Foretelling the exact date of his own death and, in the best story, being paralyzed in a wheelchair.
( Which stops him chasing the bad guy not one iota. )
This is brilliant, brilliant stuff, and well worth your money.
Don't let anyone tell you different.
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This is another great Showcase book by DC. The stories are self contained in one issue and don't drag out for months in a prolonged manner just to sell a tpb. Batman is fairly close to the Dark Knight we all know and love but is a little bit less despondant in his personality. Great art and fun stories featuring most of the DC 2nd division heroes of the early 70s. I guess this title was used by DC to keep some characters active by throwing them in with Batman so they would not be forgotten.It's definitely worth buying for 12 bucks or so.
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Great stories but the art suffers from the shoddy format in which they were reprinted. Still worth a look for the plots since Batman has such a long history if you can get past the bad Xerox quality.
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The 1970s was an interesting time for Robin. He got to go solo which would help towards his development in the 1980s when he becomes Nightwing. Dick Grayson is one of the few characters I am able to read comics that pre-date the 1980s, mostly because its easy to reconcile his era with the modern era unlike Batman and Superman.

The stories range from the end of the Silver Age to the first few years of the Bronze Age. Some stories feel out of place such as Robin's team ups with Jimmy Olsen, Superman, and the Justice League mostly because it doesn't mix with the more grounded stuff going on in the back up stories of Detective and Batman. However, I feel the low point of the book comes from Mike Friedrich. Most people seem to like his run but I didn't enjoy his stories. Most of it was overly political in the worst way. The stories try to balance liberal and conservatism but some stories clearly mischaracterize the opponent's argument too much. The worst stories had to be "Danger Comes A-Looking", "Wiped Out", "Vengeance for a Cop" and "The Outcast Society". They are preachy and valid talking points are turned into extremism for no reason other than the fact that DC at that time was run by old men that didn't understand young people at all (which is why to this day they struggle behind Marvel).

I actually found the best stories to be written by Elliot Maggin and Bob Rozakis which take up the last 100 or so pages of the book. Mostly because the stories are just fun adventures minus all the annoying politics that plagued Friedrich's run.

As for the lack of color, I actually find that it makes the art stand out more and makes it much easier to take the stories more seriously than if they were in color. It feels less like a Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
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This book contains B&W reprints of selected ROBIN stories from the last 60's to '75. The stories are best from the 70's era--with great solo stories of Robin while he, as Dick Grayson, attends college.

The art is great along with the stories--Most concerning teenage issues of today, along with stories hitting on such issues of the day like war-protests and vietnam.

The book is a whopping 500 pages!

Great, classic and classy stories are mainly presented in this collection.

Well worth the money to get this book!
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When I read volume one of Batman's Brave and the Bold Team-Ups I wrote that the stories were nearly unreadable until Neal Adams came along to save the day with his incredible artistic abilities. Things are better off this time around! I'm still not sure I'm sold on Haney's writing. Many of the stories seem to try too hard for "relevancy" and end up seeming quite dated. Batman teams up with a very nice, diverse collection of heroes but the most important team-ups are probably the artists that join Haney to tell the tales. There is some more Neal Adams in this volume but by the end the star of the book is Jim Aparo! There's even a story where the first half is drawn by Adams and the second by Aparo and I almost can't distinguish between the two!
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