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5.0 out of 5 stars Batman volume 2, 23 Feb 2011
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I. R. Kerr (Lancashire) - See all my reviews
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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. Never fearing to avoid the weakest of puns, the humour admittedly often transcends daftness but it works, with the odd knowing nod towards the TV show, one panel in Batman 188 in particular has the dynamic duo scaling a wall and fans of the show will instantly understand Robin's quip.
And it wouldn't be Batman without the Batplane, Bat-copter, Batboat, Bat-noculars and the oddly large Micro Bat-lens, not forgetting the tiny Bat Book of Crime which makes the Little Book of Calm look like an encyclopaedia.
These tales are so far removed from the more recent darker image of Batman which I prefer but still an enjoyable and entertaining read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another cracking volume...., 19 Aug 2007
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Glenn Cook (South Cave, near Hull UK) - See all my reviews
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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.
Showcase Presents: Batman - Volume 1

Showcase Presents: Batman Vol. 4

Showcase Presents Batman TP Vol 05

Roll on volume 3.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Batman, 30 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Showcase Presents: Batman Volume 2 (Paperback)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime the best ever DC comic, 5 Feb 2009
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Glenn Cook (South Cave, near Hull UK) - See all my reviews
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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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