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The comic-book stories from Batman Animated creators Paul Dini and Bruce Timm are collected as Batman Mad Love And Other Stories TP. They are collected from - The Batman Adventures: Mad Love; The Batman Adventures Annual #1 & #2; The Batman Adventures: Holiday Special #1; Adventures in the DC Universe #3; Batman Black and White #1; The Batman Adventures: Dangerous Dames & Demons; Batgirl Adventures #1; Batman Gotham Adventures #10; and Batman Adventures #3. The copyright dates are 1994-1999 & 2003.

These are simply some of the best Batman stories that I have read, and I have been reading Batman stories for more than 50 years, and having read all the Archive editions, I'm claiming another 10-12 years credit also. There are many brilliant panels and scenes, some sad ones, and a couple of hysterical ones that had me laughing out loud, which is not a good thing at my age, but fortunately, I was alone at the time. Now, the creators probably wouldn't have managed all these effects with out the long history of Batman to make the characters so well-known, but that doesn't detract from their brilliance in doing what they did. There are influences and hommages tucked away in some stories, and shouting out at you in others; I thought that I was seeing the Spirit's Will Eisner at work in some scenes, but there were obvious Jack Kirby references in the Demon story; and when I read some of Ra's al Ghul's suspicious-looking incantations backwards, it gave it away - "Tsetaerg eht saw ybrik" and Nitas teews ym". There are Forewords, Afterwords, and some bits in-between by the two co-creators, and some examples of censored artwork - these were meant to be kids' comics!

The Contents are -
"Mad Love" - 64pp
Annual #1 - 54pp: "Going Straight", "Puppet Show", "24 Hours", "Study Hall", "Laughter After Midnight"
"Cruise to Nightmare" - 6pp
"Jolly Ol' St. Nicholas" - 12pp (Batgirl)
Annual #2 - 44pp - "Demons"
"Two of a Kind" - 8pp ( Black & White)

Further Reading
Batman Li'l Gotham Volume 1 TP
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on 1 January 2012
Paul Dini created Harley Quinn and in "Mad Love", together with artist Bruce Timm, he writes the origin story of the character where we find out she was a psychologist at Arkham who fell for the Joker's charms in a Stockholm-syndrome kind of way. The "other stories" in the title feature a variety of villains such as the short-lived "Roxanne `Roxy Rocket' Sutton", a jewel thief who flies around on a rocket with an old-timey ray gun, the Ventriloquist, Scarecrow, Catwoman, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Clayface, as well as Ra's Al-Ghul, Talia, and Etrigan who feature in the second long story arc.

The book is great fun to read and, as a fan of the animated series from the 90s, it felt like I was reading episodes from that series, especially as Dini and Timm basically ran that series for years. Harley Quinn is a fine villain and has developed into a more interesting character over time but it's still good to see where it all began and "Mad Love" is a must-read for all Batman fans. Just don't expect the overly dark Batman of today in this book as the stories are cartoony and light (most of the time).
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on 24 May 2013
This book is definitely worth a try, the storyline is great, very enjoyable, the characters are likable and funny when needed, the art is fantastic, it’s good to look at. I recommend this book to anyone who loves comics or just interested in getting to know the genre.
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on 23 June 2014
i ordered this for my other half and he loves it its great for any batman fans i dont know much about the merchandise myself but my other half is totally obsessed with it and hes says this is brilliant
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on 12 April 2016
A great collection of stories and madness. The colours and lines of this comic are great with vivid colours and with visceral images. It was a very entertaining read.
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on 11 March 2014
Definitely recommend die hard comic fans to read this. It is so beautiful! I love the artwork so much, it is truly inspiring from an artists point of view.
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on 18 June 2014
Can not answer this myself, all I can say is my son was over the moon with this birthday gift
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OK, I'm a fan of the Batman Animated series so here in this graphic novel offering I get the excitement of Dini's writing with the artistic talents of Timm. It's a cracking offering and one that will readily appeal to fans of the Dark Knight especially those with a puncheon for Joker and Harley Quinn. Add to the mix that the titles within are award winning and you've got a pot of gold to readily enjoy. A great offering from Titan and one that I heartily recommend.
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on 30 June 2009
ever since i watched the episode mad love off batman the animated series it has became one of my favourite joker/harley story i looked everywhere for the comic but when i heard it was being re released bought it straight away great book great story writing.
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on 5 October 2009
This is the best collection of Batman stories I have seen in years. I would seriously recommened this book to any DC fan
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