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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (27 Jun. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401213626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401213626
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 3.1 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 426,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Writers: Gardner Fox, Robert Kanigher & John Broome Artists: Sheldon Moldoff, Carmine Infantino & Chic Stone --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. R. Kerr TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Feb. 2011
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Collecting tales from both Batman and Detective Comics first published in 1965/1966 these are not your modern darker Batman, these are more akin to the Adam West TV series of the same era.
As befits the title Detective Comics, Batman is first and foremost a costumed Detective and the tales from this era often read more like whodunnits, with the odd random clues thrown in. We do see Batman getting shot which, given the times he and Robin faced off armed opposition, was always on the cards. In the late 60's I had several of these originals including the Eraser and the Hooded Hangman, attracted mainly by the covers, unfortunately these reprints are in black and white so don't have the same effect.
With assistance early on from Elongated Man and the Atom, Batman and Robin take on a fugitive Nazi war criminal and the first of many criminal gangs but the tales soon liven up with the introduction of the first of a couple of foes who will menace Batman for many years, firstly the menacing Block Buster soon followed by Poison Ivy, alongside return performances by The Riddler and the Joker, with his spendidly daft side-kick Gaggy.
Many of the other villains are pretty lacklustre, Bouncer, Birdmaster, the ridiculous looking Monarch of Crime, Clue-Master, Eraser, Dr Tzin-Tzin and Spellbinder there are a few decent exceptions like the suitably grim looking Death-Man and the Hooded Hangman.
This volume's other main highlights are the revelation of the secret identity of the Outsider along with the return of an old friend, not forgetting the humour.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Aug. 2007
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This is the second in the series the standard is still head and shoulders above every other DC comic.
I still believe Batman to be the greatest comic book hero ever and if you compare him to the Marvel heroes he is up against some pretty steep competition.
Praise indeed.

The stories are excellent, good plots good villains and the stories are about the right length. Fantastic details in the world's greatest detective mould and great America that has stood the test of time well.

The Batcave, Batmobile, plane, jet sub etc are all present and the Utility belt is much in evidence.

You get a magnificent run through of all the Batman Comics in order.

Now to the details.
Yes the paper is cheap and in Black and White BUT this does not detract from the stories (The Art work in American comics was drawn penciled then an Inker would go over them often really making a good drawing a lot better Then the colorist coloured them in a bit like those paint by number sets that were the vogue at the time {ask your grand ma!})
My point being you get the art but not the colouring in bit.
So you get the Art as it was originally was.
And make no mistake this is comic book art at its finest.

A fantastic amount of pages (over 500 pages)
Pure Nostalgia in a phone book, satisfyingly large, thick slab and a fantastic low price. Cheaper that a pint and a curry and a lot more satisfying.

DC is to be praised for their policy of reissuing these at such an attractive price.
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By Eddie Mansfield on 30 Mar. 2014
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Another great value purchase for all Batman fans of the 1960's and 1970's DC comics era. With over 500 pages you will love it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Feb. 2009
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This is the second in the series the standard is still head and shoulders above every other DC comic. I still believe Batman to be the greatest comic book hero ever and if you compare him to the Marvel heroes he is up against some pretty steep competition. Praise indeed.

The stories are excellent, good plots good villains and the stories are about the right length. Fantastic details in the worlds greatest detective mould and great America that has stood the test of time well. The Batcave, Batmobile, plane, jet sub etc are all present and the Utility belt is much in eveidence. You get a magnificent run through of all the Batman Comics in order.
Now to the details. Yes the paper is cheap and in Black and White BUT this does not detract from the stories (The Art work in American comics was pencilled,* (drawn) an inker would enhance the lines often really improving a good piece of work. and an colorist coloured them) so you get the Art as it was originally was. And this is comic book art at it's finest. A fantastic amount of pages (over 500 pages) Pure Nostalgia in a phone book, satisfyingly large, thick slab and a fantastic low price. Cheaper that a pint and a curry and a lot more satisfying. DC are to be praised for their policy of reissuing these at such an attractive price. Roll on volume 3.

(Big thanks to Prester john for putting me right on the inker/colorist detail)
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The dawn of Batmania! 5 July 2007
By crooow - Published on Amazon.com
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Showcase Presents Batman Volume 2 contains issues 343-358 of Detective Comics and issues 175-188(excluding 176, 182, 185, and 187, which were "80 Page Giant" reprint issues) of Batman. These issues, spanning from September 1965 to December 1966, continue the "New Look" Batman stories.

To recap, the Batman books were revamped in 1964 to save the books from low sales and possible cancellation. New editor Julius Schwartz jettisoned the extraneous elements of the Batman mythos and brought a serious and literate tone to the books while artist Carmine Infantino gave the stories a fresh, modern look. As a result, the stories hold up well today and are a far cry from the 1950s stories, in which Batman and Robin fought aliens and underwent various transformations.

This volume contains the first appearances of two notable Batman villains: Poison Ivy (who still menaces Batman to this day) and Blockbuster. The Joker, Penguin and Riddler make appearances as well. Batman #179's "The Riddle-Less Robberies of the Riddler!" is a stand-out. The Riddler discovers that he is psychologically bound to leave clues to his crimes and tries to cure himself, with dubious results.

Another Batman villain who appears is the Outsider. In previous stories(featured in volume 1 of this series), the Outsider was a mysterious villain who knew the Dynamic Duo's secret identities and used their own equipment against them. This volume unveils the Outsider, but his identity is implausible, to say the least. However, blame editorial interference on this one, not bad writing.

As the volume progresses, the influence of the "Batman" TV series starts to show. The series, which premiered in January 1966, was a smash hit and sent Batman's popularity skyrocketing. The later stories in this volume reflect the series' influence, such as "Holy!" exclamations and prominent sound effects. The comics, however, never fully matched the campy tone of the series.

All in all, this volume is a wonderful addition to the Showcase line and a must-read for Batman fans, old-school fans, or anyone who likes fun superhero comics. Regretfully, the cover, which shows Batman fighting the Outsider, removes the absurd but memorable quote from the original Detective Comics #356 cover-Robin saying "Holy Tombstone! I'm turning into a coffin!"
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Batman I Knew 25 July 2007
By Barnard Rollit - Published on Amazon.com
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I started reading Batman and Detective Comics only about a year before the TV show premiered, and I remember how I had to content myself with the comic books since my town only had two TV stations and neither carried the show. Particularly amusing, that, since Woolworth's and TG&Y were crammed full of Batman-related merchandise to sell to a customer base fed only by the hype. Anyway, this volume contains the comic books stories published in that period, and since my town did have plenty of comic book racks I have to say that, all in all, I wasn't so bad off. (And I did buy my share of that merchandise, show or no show.)
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The best of the superhero collections 7 Sept. 2011
By Jeff & Wendy S - Published on Amazon.com
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Sure, they're dated. Yeah, they're simple. But they are entertaining and fun, and the stories at least make some kind of sense, unlike the ludicrous "plots" of some of the other superhero collections from this age. Pretty good value for how long they'll keep you occupied.
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From a 16- year- old's perspective.... 15 July 2014
By byron johntson - Published on Amazon.com
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I am what is considered a casual comic fan, in fact i don't even own one real comic book, just compilations of various reprinted works because economically it's cheaper and typically their easier to track down than the issues themselves (I don't live near a comic book shop). This especially the case with silver age comics. Their not exactly easy to get a hold of and at my budget i can't find one of the issues in this book for the price of the book. So i am quite a fan of Showcase Presents for being affordable comics to those with less money. Now as for content, at sixteen yeah these really are pretty corny stories, I've never really liked an overly jovial batman its way out of character. However these stories still have a real fun factor to them and I really enjoy the for what they are. I realize that over half a century ago comics were really strictly meant for kids and that's just fine the silver age of comics is a rather popular part of american history and is partially why batman is characterized the way he is today. The cool factor to me in this book is seeing reoccurring Batman villains like the Riddler, Poison Ivy, and The Clown Prince of Crime himself the Joker in these comics written all those years ago and them still being integral villains in not only the Batman universe but also the whole DC comics universe. Also i like these old comics for not being so serialized. You can read the stories in any order without becoming confused and there isn't any crazy continuity that's practically impossible to follow. Sometimes I think we all need to admit that the silver age of comics were still fun reading and not overly complicated.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Necessary Purchase! 20 Oct. 2009
By S. D. Klinger - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who grew up in the 60's and loved the Batman tv show should buy this book. Especially comic book lovers.
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