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A celebration of Detective Comics’ amazing eight-decade run and Batman’s 80 years, with reflections on Detective Comics by Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Denny O’Neil, Anthony Tollin, and Paul Levitz. This collector’s edition also features the very first Batman story; the debuts of classic sidekicks and allies Robin, Batgirl, Batwoman and even Bat-Mite; and the first stories of archvillains Two-Face, the Riddler and Man-Bat. Plus many of the best of the back-up strips as detailed above.
With a new cover by DC publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee, a never-before-published sketchbook of Lew Sayre Schwartz, a never-before-published scene from Bruce Wayne’s childhood by Paul Levitz and Denys Cowan and much, much more, this is sure to be the celebration of the year! Additional contributors: Glen David Gold, Senator Patrick Leahy (Forward), and police chief Shelley Zimmerman.
An amazing 27 complete stories. We really like these important, pivotal Batman tales, such as The first Two-Face (1942), the first Riddler (1948), Clayface in 1961, and Neal Adams' Man-Bat in 1970. But an additional treat are other important stars of Detective Comics over the years, also collected here: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's Slam Bradley, Simon & Kirby's debut of The Boy Commandos in 1942, the Origin of Pow-Wow Smith--a beautifully-drawn western by Carmine Infantino in 1949, Manhunter by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson, and far more.
Additional arists include Dick Sprang, Mike Golden, Joe Kubert, and Jerry Robinson. Harlan Ellison also contributes a story, "The Night of Thanks, But No Thanks," drawn by Gene Colan.
Each of the writers noted in the first paragraph introduced each era of Batman, with several representative stories.
The very first story is from Detective #20, a pre-Batman issue with a wonderful Leo O'Mealia cover (shown here) and an early costumed hero, The Crimson Avenger, drawn by Jim Chambers.
Detective Comics featured DC’s first masked adventurer and went on to give the company its name (from Detective Comics Inc.) and the only character to dominate American popular culture three separate times, each a generation apart: Batman.
- Additional Information
Item Code DET80H Publisher DC Publish Date 2019 ISBN 9781401285388 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 7x11 # Pages 416pg Color Full Color
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