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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 01 edition (1 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811875504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811875509
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Who in the world is lucky enough to have a "grand dream," then to enter it, embrace it, and have it become part of their life? Michael Uslan is just such a blessed person. His name and persona is forever linked to the Batman. Isn't that the coolest damn thing you ever heard?"-Neal Adams, Creator's Advocate and artist and writer of Batman, X-Men, Crazyman, and Blood

About the Author

Michael Uslan has produced every Batman movie since the 1989 Tim Burton-directed film. He is a well-known name in the business, with many connections in the comic book and film industries. He is a film producer with numerous award winning projects to his credit. He has been a speaker at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at the Smithsonian Institution, and was the first professor to teach a course in comic books at an accredited U.S. university.

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Michael E. Uslan's account of growing up in the post war United Sates is a wonderful book that should appeal not only to comic book fans but also to anyone interested in family life as lived in the late 20th century in the USA.
A GREAT READ.
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Fine book in mint condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dance with this great book in the pale moonlight! 31 Aug. 2011
By WHBonney - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Not too long ago, the idea of a Batman film franchise revolving around a serious, dark Batman was considered laughable by practically everyone in Hollywood. One individual had the vision and prescience since childhood to see otherwise. Michael Uslan's memoir tells the tale of how a kid with a dream can one day make it a reality - even as the weight of Gotham City is bearing down on you. Born into a middle class family in New Jersey, Uslan's look back through the years wonderfully meshes humor with nostalgia making for a wonderful read, taking the reader on an emotional journey through life's ups and downs, thereby making this book a must read for anyone, comic book fan or not. (It must be noted, however, that if you are a comic book fan, this read is absolutely essential - Uslan's inside account of the industry provides a rare and unique look into its pioneers and evolution). Uslan has fought vigorously for comics to be taken as a serious American art form, capable of masterful storytelling, and even serving as an educational medium. After reading this book, I don't know how it is possible for anyone to make a legitimate argument against such a stance. However, what makes this visually stunning memoir such a stand out is just how much the reader takes away from the book after reading it. Uslan's narrative is a refreshing glimpse into the life of the man who forever changed the world of entertainment, but does not revolve around fame, gossip, and money in Hollywood - that is completely counter to what the author is about. Uslan's story is about passion, hard work, sacrifice, and focusing on what matters in life - namely family and friends. Far from being handed everything on a silver platter, Uslan encourages us all to go against the grain and think creatively, providing us with the life lessons needed to know how to get through times of struggle and rejection to achieve the highest of goals. It seems to live life any other way would be akin to a life spent stuck in Arkham Asylum.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How do you get there from here? 1 Sept. 2011
By Bill Schelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've often wondered how movie producers and people successful at that level got there. I don't know if Michael Uslan's story is at all typical, but he really lays out, step by step, how he got from being a fan of Batman comics as a boy to making the entire Batman movie franchise happen -- twice. It shows what a person can do if he loves what he's doing, has a specific goal, and won't take "no" for an answer, period.

I don't really have a criticism, as it's a very enjoyable read, but I do wish he had gone into a little more detail about the making of the first Batman movie, and his part in bringing Batman Begins along, too. But I suppose that would almost be another book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Man Who Brought "The Dark Knight" to the Big Screen 6 Sept. 2011
By Scott T. Rivers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
"The Boy Who Loved Batman" (2011) chronicles the passion of childhood dreams and the determination to see them realized on a grand scale. Despite countless rejections and numerous obstacles, producer Michael E. Uslan's vision of a serious "Batman" film resulted in a 1989 popular-culture phenomenon. Along the way, Uslan examines the realm of superhero comics from a humanistic, witty and academic perspective. Stylishly illustrated, this insightful memoir deserves a wider readership beyond the Comic-Con audience.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked this! But there are some flaws... 18 Nov. 2011
By HardyBoy64 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
This is a very fun book to read. If you're a fan of batman, you'll enjoy this look at the batman obsession inhabiting the mind of Michael Uslan. The pictures are colorful and nostalgic and the memoir itself is funny and even poignant at times. He writes with wit about his childhood and his growing love for comic books and although I'm not a comic book reader and never have been, I thought this was a fun look at that world of comicbook lovers. There are a few flaws that I could not overlook. 1) the print of the text is small and when Uslan includes some realia like rejection letters and personal notes, the writing is so small that you have to put the book closer to your face to read it. The captions of the pictures are also in this extremely small print. 2) Another flaw, for me, was that this is not a book for young kids. While Uslan writes in a fun-loving style, the text is splattered with curse words (several f bombs) and innuendos. I was disappointed because I assumed that my young son could also read this book, but I cannot recommend this book for young kids. 3) There is hardly any mention of how blockbusters "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight" were made. While he explains for a few pages the making of "The Swamp Thing", there is surprisingly little to no details about the most recent Batman movies. As a casual fan, this disappointed me. However, the positives outweigh the negatives, and I recommend this memoir for adults who enjoy the batman stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Biggest Bat-Fan Biography 22 Oct. 2011
By Paige Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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If there is a bigger fan of Batman than Michael Uslan, I don't know who they are. Uslan has not only collected Batman books, taught courses on comics, he even produced the Batman movies. This book is part memoirs, part Batman collectibles scrapbook, and part comic book history.

This is an extremely high quality book; the dust jacket is beautiful, the pages are highest-quality paper of varied colors, and the reproductions of the classic Batman comic cover art is vivid. One of my favorite parts is the full- page facsimile of his rejection letters from the movie studios.

At times Uslan is a bit self-indulgent, but the book is titled "The Boy Who Loved Batman" and so it is clearly about himself. But that never dulls my appreciation for his journey. One of the most touching parts to me is when he expresses how excited he was to speak to the U.S. Corps of Cadets at West Point. He shows his humanity- with all that he accomplished as a movie producer; he relates that his most memorable event was speaking to the young cadets.
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