over 50 years he has been a part of the American culture.
He was a sensation from the moment of his first appearance,
and today he has achieved an even more phenomenal level of
popularity. Now the Batman's tales are being reprinted
in exact chronological order from this appearance in the pages
Nos. 27-38 and Batman
graphic novel is a little hard to review. There are serious
arguments why you should and should not buy it. While it is
a series that will see the collecting together of the original
Bob Kane tales in chronological order - which is a must for
serious fans - to be honest these early tales have not aged
well at all. It is obvious, unlike today's Batman tales, that
these were originally written for children and their childish
quality is a little embarrassing in places.
let's be frank, I know he was probably working under incredibly
tight deadlines, but Bob Kane (or Rob't Kane as he goes by
in the earliest stories) is not the world's greatest illustrator.
Nor is Bill Finger the world's greatest writer.
early stories reveal Batman as he was initially conceived:
a mysterious, dark nemesis of crime, a no-nonsense vigilante
driven by some inner demon to eliminate society's malefactors.
Later, with the introduction of Robin, we are presented with
the more human side of our protagonist. Not so fierce perhaps,
but every bit as resolute.
Batman fans will feel compelled to buy this to check
out the dark knight's early years, but the casual fan will
probably not enjoy this. As I'm a bit of a Bat-freak, I fall
into the first category and found this, from a collector's
point of view, to be very enjoyable.
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