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Batman Chronicles Vol. 1 by [FINGER, BILL, KANE, BOB]
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About the Author

Fox created or co-created dozens of long-running features, among them Flash, Hawkman, Sandman, and Dr. Fate.

Bob and Trish Kane first developed an interest in covered bridges in 1991 while vacationing in Vermont. Bob enjoys studying their architecture and trusses, while Trish enjoys photographing and researching them. Together, they worked to get 9 of the 13 covered bridges in New York State that qualified listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Trish serves as the collections curator for the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Resource Center, with much assistance from Bob.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 75306 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC (2 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BX3XU1O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #505,315 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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'The Batman Chronicles' serves to provide fans of the Dark Knight, and of popular culture in general, with a cost-friendly alternative to its counterpart 'Archives' series (which utilises more shiny and colourful print with hard-cover binding) by attempting to distribute every Batman story in chronological order from the character's debut appearance in Detective Comics #27 onwards, using more inexpensive newsprint-style paper withinin soft-cover binding for the trade paperback market.
Volume One was published on 30th March 2005 (with its Kindle counterpart given a much later release date of 2nd April 2013), and collects previously released golden-age Batman stories from Detective Comics #27-38 (May 1939 - April 1940) and the entirety of Batman #1, published in the Spring of 1940. What is presented within this volume is a Batman that was conceived as a gun-toting vigilante out to punish the scum of the criminal underworld. Gotham City was yet to be used as the strip's main setting, in stead having the Dark knight travel to Paris, Hungary and New York City in order to embark upon his superheroic missions. The introduction of Robin, the Boy Wonder, in Detective Comics #38 gave the young readership a character to relate to, and the 'Sensational Character Find of 1940' has endured throughout to the modern age, in many changing guises, costumes, and identities. However, regarding Batman himself, the man behind the mantle has always been the suave, millionaire playboy Master Bruce Wayne; and in this 1940's incarnation, he is rarely seen without his pipe and tweed jacket.
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The early adventures of Batman including his very first appearance in Detective Comics and his first solo comic included in this volume, the first of a series that will print every Batman story in order. While the dialogue and artwork and plots are very basic and crude which is normal for early comics, it does show how Batman started with the basic familiar origin story still there. The action is set in New York, not Gotham, he fights ordinary gangsters and crooks not the more colourful famous villains though you do get the first appearances of The Joker and Catwoman and you get the first appearance and origin of Robin too. A fun if simplistic compared to later comics read and a must for collectors.
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A terrific & affordable package of the earliest Batman stories.

We begin with "the Case of the Chemical Syndicate" where Commissioner Gordon comes across a case that seems open and shut "Lambert the chemical King, murdered? His son's fingerprints on the knife?" but a mysterious masked and cloaked figure determines to get to the truth. It was printed in Detective Comics no 27 and makes a good start for an iconic hero.

In these early stories he was sharing the comic with other characters, reprinted covers promising adventures with forgotten characters like "Slam Bradley!" The comic soon became exclusively his.

In these early stories Batman is untroubled by killing the bad guys, snapping a henchman's neck with a vicious kick for example and the police including Gordon, don't like him.

He is a little reliant on gas pellets and although there is no actual utitlity belt they are clearly working toward that as in one story he produces a chemical to save the day that we didn't know he had earlier.
These are mnior quibbles as the stories are well written & enjoyable, the artwork good and well reproduced.
Styles are very different to the comics of today.

Highlights are;
The 1st recurring villain Dr Death. Now admittedly his 2 appearances are in consecutive issues but there is some passage of time between the 2.

1st telling of Batman's origin and the second as it's reprinted in a later issue.

1st appearance of Robin

1st appearance of Catwoman known as The Cat and resembling a 40's movie femme fatale.

1st 2 Joker Stories. 1st story in particular our favourite Mr J is rather tougher being able to sock Batman one and leave him temporarily on the floor.

Vampire the Monk.
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Always been a fan of batman, since I was tiny. The recent films portray him as a rather dark character, all so serious. So I wanted to go back and learn a bit more about Batman and how he started out and this book is perfect! I am a comic book novice, I don't know much about them and I only have a few graphic novels but this is definitely and awesome addition. It has Batman's origin story and I love it xD its quite simple and funny compared to the familiar origin nowadays. You also get to meet a family of acrobats and a certain Clown Prince...
It's much more light-hearted- still some deaths, a bit of the usual violence, but theres a lot of actual investigating in this, spying, solving crimes, very refreshing from the usual dropping of the side of a building for information...

I love this, If you want to know the history of Batman, or a lighter portrayal of his character and story then you should definitely read this!!
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