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Tales of the Batman: Archie Goodwin Hardcover – July 23, 2013

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Archie Goodwin was one of the most respected writers and editors in comics, starting with his long run on Warren Publishing's series CREEPY and EERIE. At the end of the 1960s, he moved to Marvel Comics, where he wrote runs on IRON MAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK. In the 1970s, Goodwin created the legendary MANHUNTER spy series with artist Walter Simonson, along with several memorable BATMAN stories, then took on newspaper comic strips including SECRET AGENT X-9 and STAR WARS. With Simonson, he adapted the hit movies ALIEN and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND into comics. He was the founding editor of Marvel's EPIC line, including the magazine EPIC ILLUSTRATED.
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Product Details

  • Series: Tales of the Batman
  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (July 23, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401238297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401238292
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A pretty disappointing treatment by DC, but I'm coming to realize this is just about how much they care for their creators, their fans and their legacy characters (pre-New 52).

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.
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Archie Goodwin was the writer who made us care about these comic stories. He injected them full of real humanity and still made them everything from fun to emotionally poignant. He also worked with the best artist of that time. His take on Batman stands head and shoulders above the rest because you don't have to check reality at the door but, instead, easily weave it into the fantastic tales he wove, seemingly, effortlessly.
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.
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If you don't enjoy flipping through back issue bins in stores hoping for a good find to fill in your dark knight collection here is a fine reprint of some great Archie Goodwin stories instead. It fills in more storyline for you yes- and even better, you don't have to hunt around for it. Decent reproduction of the color and art too. If you want more classic Batman that's not quite as silly as some of the golden age stuff here it is.
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"Tales of the Batman: Archie Goodwin" is part of an ongoing series of DC Comics hardcover books showcasing the comic adventures of Bob Kane and Bill Finger's legendary creation, The Batman. Along with a companion series, "Legends of the Dark Knight," these volumes collect comic stories dating back (at the time this review was written, at least) to 1964, the start of the "New Look" cases of the Dynamic Duo, ushered in by DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz and artist Carmine Infantino. This particular collection is initially notable for being the first in the series devoted to a writer's contribution to the exploits of the Batman rather than the many talented artists the respective series have featured in past volumes. In this regard, this tome provides the reader a wider artistic vision of the beloved Caped Crusader. But more importantly, this book offers comic book lovers a single volume tribute to Archie Goodwin, a veteran comic writer and editor, respected and revered by comic fans and comic creators alike.

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.
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Another great collection of classic Batman stories, I like it because not only does it have the Neal Adams designed suit (which I miss and love), but one of the few...if not only issues of DETECTIVE COMICS to have The Riddler in it. Many Bat-Fans will tell you, that Batman in the 70's was wayyyyyyyy darker than he'd been in the 60's, returning to the comics classic roots of Batman being a night-stalking vigilante and I guess many writers thought The Riddler was too silly and comical for Batman, but Neal Adams IMO is a genius, and yes...while this is a book collecting stories by ARCHIE GOODWIN it is still a great collection of Batman stories from a time long since past....IMO, the 70's through the late 90's was a great time to be a fan of the DARK KNIGHT.
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I am not a Batman fan. Not that I have anything personal against him... I am, however, a fan of Archie Goodwin.

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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