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Showcase Presents Worlds Finest TP Vol 01 Paperback – 17 Oct 2007

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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (17 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401216978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401216979
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.1 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,128,154 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Aug 2011
These Showcase presents books are amazing.
A big fat telephone book wedge of some of the finest comics ever. This volume does not disappoint one iota.

Whilst my fellow reviewer has written his good review he has written it from a modern day viewpoint and perspective and is not as 'generous' in his rating as one should be of this collection that date from 1952 to 1960.
It's a bit like saying Shirly Basey is not as good as Rhiannon. True. But in her day she was an absolute mega star. So we must judge this collection of almost 60 years of age in that context. In their day they were the tops.

Q.Do the stories entertain the reader?
A. Yes.

Q.Are they for a 'mature' comics fan of today?
A. No.
They were written for the young 11 to 19s of 1950s America when the world was a simpler place.

The language and plots reflex this but are good comics non the less.

I'm a fan of the Batman comics of that time. well plotted and excellently drawn.

True this collection is in black and white and printed on cheap as chips paper but don't let that put you off. I devoured the book with relish and finished the book with regret that I had. (I will buy volume 2 and 3 with great anticipation of being royally entertained)
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Comix Fan on 30 Mar 2010
This book collects "Superman" number 76 and "Worlds Finest" numbers 71 - 111. The collection revolves entirely around superman teaming up with batman and robin to over come villains which tend to be of alien origin. Although a couple of issues feature Lex Luthor, joker and batwoman/batgirl.
I picked this up on a whim; being a fan of the essential series marvel has produced. The effects of the comics code that was in force at the time can be seen clearly here. The tales are lacking in any depth and have little action featured in them. A number of the tales involve some poor excuse to give Batman super powers, or have Superman rendered powerless. This frequent repetitiveness means it is unlikely to be a book you can sit down and read to read more than a few issues at a time. However this style makes it more appealing to younger fans who may not be ready for frank millers take on batman just yet.
A fun book in small doses.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Some of the "World's Finest" stories are presented here 27 Jan 2008
By Lynn Woolley - Published on
Most of these stories were drawn by Dick Sprang and Stan Kaye and feature some of the best art of the era in between the Golden Age and the Silver Age. The Club of Heroes is an exceptional story with a great sense of wonder and mystery in a few simple pages, The solution is far-fetched by today's standards, but I was 7 at the time, and it was wonderful storytelling. I also enjoyed the story of Superman's kid pal Skyboy. The Sprang-Kaye splash is exceptional. This is a great example of the innocent age of the fifties for Superman and Batman. Great Stuff.
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These Were My Childhood Heroes 24 July 2008
By shaxper - Published on
There's nothing brilliant in this volume -- no compelling writing nor art that was ahead of its time, no important comic book firsts (beyond Batman and Superman meeting each other), and no first appearances or points of continuity that would matter half a century later. In fact, there's absolutely nothing here of value to the modern day comic book fan.

Instead, this is a volume for the old guard, featuring the righteous, morally perfect, fun adventuring iconic heroes of the past with whom we all thought we'd love to share a clubhouse. This volume brings out everything I remember and love about our cherished heroes before they became complicated and human. Here, Superman and Batman are the perfect super buddies, out-thinking the bad guy in the most outrageously impossible of ways, pulling highly unnecessary tricks on Lois Lane, and constantly obsessing over their secret identities (which was one of their most compelling facets to me as a child). Best yet, they took Robin (the kid who represented all of us) along for the ride and often let him play a key role. This clean, silly fun represents the finest example of the care-free comic book adventures that evade a modern age so obsessed with fear and complexity. I happen to love the new stuff too, but there's just no replacing these old yarns.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
great 26 Sep 2008
By mark twain - Published on
Unlike some others who wonder why anyone would want to read a color comic collection in black and white I love this collection and all the essentials and showcase stuff. I actually prefer the lack of color, being that the old four-color coloring was so awful, it lets you gain a new appreciation of how good many of the pencillers were without the horrendous four-color drabness killing the clean lines. You can't beat the stories and you can't beat the price.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
World's Funnest! 25 Mar 2009
By Hwy61Joe - Published on
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I found this to be among the most entertaining of DC's Showcase Presents volumes to date. Superman, Batman and Robin team up in each story (including their first ever meeting in the pages of a comic book)lasting around 10 to 13 pages each in which they battle aliens, gangsters and even a few battles against classic comic book villains Lex Luthor and the Joker! What's not to like? Most of the art is by Batman legend Dick Sprang with covers by definitive Superman artist Curt Swan.
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By Adam - Published on
Superman and Batman together. What could be better? They were the original Super Friends. In an era when team ups were rare, Batman and Superman began to team up on average six times a year. This book collects Superman/Batman stories from the 1950s through 1960.

It all begins in Superman #76 in 1952 when nine years after it happened on radio, Superman and Batman teamed up on the page. Two years later, the first Superman-Batman team up story appeared in World's Finest #71 and from there on out, Superman and Batman would team up in the bimonthly publication for decades to come.

This book collects 41 12-13 page Superman/Batman stories and they are a treat for the young and young at heart. Superman and Batman and Robin team up in a variety of cases. They have three great battles against Lex Luthor and one of those also includes the Joker and there are a couple of appearances by the early Batwoman. They also fight aliens, monsters, and in an era with few real supervillains they come up with quite a few foes who are capable of giving the World's Finest team a run for their money. My favorite was the Duplicating Man.

The length of the stories was a blessing and a curse. The stories couldn't be too complex, but they also couldn't get bogged down or drawn out. Mostly writers like Edward Hamilton and Bill Finger succeeded in coming up with fun yarns.

Of course, there's some repetition with Batman getting superpowers temporarily a few times and both heroes scrambling to save their secret identities. But as the stories were originally written for kids and written over six years, that's to be expected. Yes, there were plot inconsistencies and some events stretched credulity (such as Bruce Wayne going to work as a newspaper reporter.)

However, when it's all said and done, these are some of the most fun stories I've ever read, and they capture the fun and excitement of the Silver age of comics very nicely.
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