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Monday, May 22, 2006

Upcoming Stuff of Interest - Showcase Presents Batman v1

Written by Bill Finger, Ed "France" Herron, Gardner Fox and John Broome; Art by Bob Kane, Carmine Infantino, Joe Giella, Sheldon Moldoff and others; Cover by Kane

The spotlight's on Batman in this volume featuring Detective Comics #327-342 and Batman #164-174! The Dynamic Duo take on some of their most enduring Rogues Gallery members, including Penguin, the Riddler, and the Outsider in these classic Silver Age stories from the era of famed editor Julius Schwartz!

DC Universe 552pg. B&W Softcover $16.99 US
On Sale August 30, 2006

I've been wondering when they'd finally do a Batman collection in this format, and what era they'd choose to start with. I was kind of hoping for something that would include the Finger/Sprang stories of the 1950s, but this isn't a bad choice. I've read a few stories that would fall in this collection, and it's fun stuff. Later stuff, especially after the TV show began, would get progressively more silly, making the O'Neil/Adams era a breath of fresh air (and I wouldn't mind a series of big fat collection starting with that era, even though a lot of it has been reprinted, since there are a lot of unreprinted O'Neil stories I'd like to read), but I look forward to reading more of the earlier stuff.

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