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Tales of the Batman: Archie Goodwin Hardcover – July 23, 2013
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The stories included here are great, vintage Goodwin (for all of his strengths and weaknesses). A bevy of artists accompany, from Aparo, to Toth, to the most problematic: Marshall Rogers. Not a dig on Roger's wonderful turn here - what's so troubling is that the included Goodwin/Rogers story is the entire five-chapter Siege, also included in the Tales of the Batman for the artist. I think it's disrespectful to fans who purchase these 39.99 (less on Amazon, but still) that they double-dip so significantly. In the case of Goodwin, there's a lot more to have drawn upon.
Otherwise, of note in this collection is Deathmask (with Aparo), Death Flies the Haunted Skies (with Toth) - both previously collected in The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told, but that's beside the point - several wonderful Manhunter stories, and the out-of-print Night Cries (with Scott Hampton), which is almost worth the price of admission.
If you've been collecting the "Tales of" series, you have a decision to make - whether it's worth paying twice for the same stories. Unfortunately, unlike the Aparo collections, Goodwin's is not numbered, meaning this is, impossibly, the only collection of his Batman stories DC will be publishing. A shame.
We lost a giant the day he passed. A gentle one, but in that gentility lies his immense power to move and engage the reader.
Archie Goodwin (1937-1998) was a versatile comic creator, who worked briefly as a cartoonist but primarily as a writer and editor. His hallmark was enriching and elevating everything he worked on to higher heights. His career first began to flourish at Warren Publishing, where Mr. Goodwin started out as a writer and later went on to become editor of the company's black and white magazines "Creepy," "Eerie," and "Blazing Combat." During his time at Warren from 1962-1964, he also helped in the development of their most famous character, Forrest J. Ackerman and Trina Robbins' first lady of the undead, Vampirella. Turning to the world of comic strips, Mr.Read more ›
You get Archie's Batman "whodunit" shorts (12 page stories) with art by Jim Aparo, Howard Chaykin and Alex Toth. They are awesome.
The centerpiece of the collection, in my opinion, is the complete Manhunter saga, with Walter Simonson on art. 40 years on, and it is still one of my favorite comics ever...
The rest are worthy additions with Marshall Rogers, Scott Hampton, et al.
My only complaint? The collection is not oversized.
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All of Archie Goodwin's Batman stories (including those with Marshall Rogers art)...AND the entire Manhunter series. I LOVE this book!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a stand alone volume, the best of Archie's Batman is all here, especially the excellent MANHUNTER tales. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robert E. Behers
This gets 4 stars from me because while Goodwin's scripts are mostly very good, the artwork isn't great all the way through. We begin with two stories by Jim Aparo. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Alan
Kind of mediocre. The first few stories from the 70's are good, but the newer stuff is pretty bad.Published on July 15, 2014 by Daniel Tibbs
This book was great. But I bought it mainly for the Manhunter saga. The saga was one of beat action series ever. I wished they hadn't canceled it. Archie Goodwin was the best. Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by Chris Coyne
It contains the Manhunter series, one of the best in comic book history. Combined with classic Batman tales, it is a great read.Published on September 18, 2013 by Steven Caplan
Asa Batman collector i like this books quite enough. But they should have learned from Marvel by now. First: just a few covers of the books collected here. Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by beatlesexpert