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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (8 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401217192
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401217198
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2.9 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,066,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Feb 2012
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By a lucky coincidence series 3 of the 1960's Batman series was being shown on ITV-4 as I was reading this book.
Volume 3, like series 3 of the Batman TV series, starts with the introduction of Batgirl aka librarian Barbara Gordon the daughter of Gotham's Police Commissioner Gordon. The first story from 1967 sees Barbara in fancy dress costume coming to the aid of Bruce Wayne as he is attacked by Killer Moth, it ends with a request asking readers if they wanted to see more of Batgirl, the answer was obvious.
All the regular villains are here Scarecrow who induces fear and looks better as the stories develop, Penguin with his umbrellas , Riddler, The Outsider, The Joker, Blockbuster a giant with the mind of a child, a love-struck Catwoman, Getaway Genius, Johnny Witts, Mad Hatter, Clue Master and the newly renamed Mr Freeze. There's any number of lesser known villains including Gunshy Barton's daft use of initials, a criminal basing his crimes on the seven wonders of the ancient world, some Eastern European martial arts specialists and even a group of his enemies getting together to protect Batman.
As Batman has no special powers, he was a detective in a nifty costume and did not carry a gun, many of the tales rely on his use of deduction and solving puzzles along with an array of technology the Bat-car with its radar and now a "Seismokon" to detect explosions. Bruce Wayne's money has also enabled them to create the Bat-boat, Bat-plane, Bat-copter and his trusty Bat-arang along with a utility belt that seems to hold more than an average suitcase. He also has a pretty good right hook.
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The Showcase Presents Batman continues to grow in strength with volume 3 of this collectionShowcase Presents: Batman v. 3 (Showcase Presents): Batman v. 3 (Showcase Presents). All the old favourite villains are present including The Penguin, Scarecrow, Blockbuster and, of course, movie favourite The Joker. Reprinted in black and white from the Batman and Detective Comics late sixties issues, the collection introduces the dynamic character Batgirl and it is easy to see where the Batman television series (from the sixties) got their ideas for some of the storylines. With over 500 pages of Bat-adventure, this series continues to be a recommended purchase at a bargain price on Amazon. If there is to be any criticism, it is only that occasional issues are omitted, for example Batman 198, and no explanation for the omission is given.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryan VINE VOICE on 17 Oct 2009
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Showcase Presents Batman continues to grow in strength with the third volume of this collection of black and white reprints from the sixties. As you would expect, favourite villains are present including the dastardly Penguin, the nightmarish Scarecrow, the power-house Blockbuster and movie favourite Joker. Reprinted from the highly collectable Batman and Detective Comics of the middle to late sixties issues, the collection of stories re-produced here introduces the popular character Batgirl, who can also be found in her own Showcase Presents volume, and once you start to read the stories it is easy to see how some became interpreted on the sixties Batman television series. With over 500 pages of adventures, this series continues to be a highly recommended purchase on Amazon, especially at the amazing discounted price they offer. All the stories appear chronologically and the artwork accompanying the script is a pure delight.
Whether you are a Bat-fan or not, this series of Showcase volumes makes an ideal purchase.
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Riddle me this????? 18 July 2008
By John Boehner - Published on Amazon.com
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What has the first Batgirl story, the first Catwoman story to appear in a Batman title in the 60s (Lois Lane 70-71 not withstanding), and the first story to feature Mr. Freeze (not as Mr. Zero)?
Answer- Showcase Presents: Batman, Vol 3.
This volume reflects the Bat Family from the 1960s and if you're a fan, you won't be disappointed. These stories are not as grim as later stories but are just plain fun. If you enjoyed volumes 1 and 2, don't hesitate to get this volume. The Riddler, the Joker, and the Penguin also appear in stories.
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Batman of My Youth 18 May 2009
By Mark C. Dooley - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently sold all of my Batman collection that survived the flood of 2008, as I'm fairly much out of collecting (a flood will do that to you), but I still pined for copies of those great comics I read during my growth as a comics enthusiast. Fortunately, both Marvel and DC are helping me out with this, first with Marvel's ESSENTIALS softbounds and now with DC's SHOWCASE series, reprinting many of their Silver Age books. Absolutely recommended reading, though some folks have wondered why I would sell off my full-colored comics for blasck-and-white editions. To them I reply, "Well, that's why God made crayons."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Batman comics influenced by TV featuring Batgirl's debut! 6 July 2010
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The influence of the Adam West BATMAN TV series really shows up in this volume of BATMAN comics originally published between 1967-1968. We see the debut of Barbara Gordon as Batgirl, Mr. Freeze's first use of that name (formerly Mr. Zero in the comics) and plenty of "Holy this" or "Holy that" exclamations from The Boy Wonder. Alfred, Commissioner Gordon and Aunt Harriet feature prominently as supporting characters just as you would expect. The art really evolves into a more modern look: larger panels, border-breaking figures and faster paced stories. Some great names in comics history offer up work in this volume: Carmine Infantino, Murphy Anderson, Neal Adams, Garder Fox, Sheldon Moldoff, Joe Giella, Gil Kane and plenty more.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A Necessary Nostalgia Trip! 20 Oct 2009
By S. D. Klinger - Published on Amazon.com
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I learned how to read by reading these comics. Now I'm 50 and reading them again for the first time in 40 years, I realize how much I missed the first time. These comics are rich in entertainment value!
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One Star 25 Oct 2014
By Roy Myhlhousen - Published on Amazon.com
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very well pleased
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