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Showcase Presents: Batman Vol. 4 [Paperback]

Various , Irv Novick
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July 28 2009 Showcase Presents
Over 500 pages of classic super hero adventure are collected in this value-priced volume!

These tales of the Caped Crusader come from the 1960s, when Batman's popularity was at an all-time high thanks to his hit liveaction TV series. This fourth volume of Batman tales includes battles with The Joker, The Riddler, Catwoman and a league of strange assassins, as well as appearances by Robin and Batgirl.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The character still in 60's camp mode. Sept. 17 2013
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My favorite Batman era is the early 70's. Denny O'Neil, Frank Robbins, Irv Novick and that Adams guy. I read these 60's stories as a kid and was a Batman freak. Going back the stories are just so silly and lack the mood that is to come shortly. These stories really are aimed at kids. The Infantino covers are brilliant and what grabbed me as a kid. But interior art is mostly drab and appears to be still trying to mimic the old Bob Kane style. Batman is always good. And these are classics. But reading these just made me want to see the next volume even more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is where it gets good. March 2 2010
By M. Schlömer - Published on Amazon.com
In this volume Frank Robbins takes the writing to a more realistic level. It's still sprinkled with sometimes corny gangster and youth speak, but Batman is more of a detective than he had been for decades.

The art is mainly by Irv Novick and Bob Brown making it the best the late 60s had to offer besides Neal Adams.

To me this is the foundation of what made Batman great.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Late 60s Batman comic by some underappreciated creative talents! March 13 2012
By Hwy61Joe - Published on Amazon.com
Another 500+ page, chronological reprint of BATMAN comics (this time from 1968-1969) that surprisingly sparingly utilizes Batman's famous rogues gallery and is massively entertaining anyway! There is one Joker, one Scarecrow and one Riddler story and that's about it. The rest of the comics mostly feature Batman and Robin using their detective skills to bring down ordinary criminals. The real stars of the collection are Irv Novick, Frank Robbins, Bob Brown and Joe Giella...not legendary names in comics history, but all of which really impressed me with their storytelling and artistic abilities.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Bat from My Childhood! Dec 8 2009
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While the stories are simple, they are still fun to reread. Artwork is uncomplicated and not fancy, but it to is fun to look at after all these years. This is not the Bat as we have come to know him today, but it is still alot of fun to remember where he was in the 70's before Neal adams arrived. Fun, Fun, Fun!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Oct. 14 2009
By Randy K. - Published on Amazon.com
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This compilation is excellent. This is what souperhero comics are all about. These are before the "modernization" of classic characters. Before the marketing guys figured how they could capitalize on the wholesomeness of these beloved characters. Before the big and small screen adaptations basically changed what we came to love all those years ago.
3.0 out of 5 stars Another victom of collector repricing Sept. 23 2014
By Dave Sparvero - Published on Amazon.com
Single issues are too expensive to purchase so DC made these wonderful black and white cheap reprint volumes for the average fan and reader. Showcase Presents volumes are fantastic. But even when something like this is mass produced and made available for the general audience it can still be eaten up and hoarded by the collector crowd. Even though this was mass printed and supposed to be sold at a fixed cover price it just ended up like many other comic books that collectors favor. Even used ones go for roughly double the cover price. Yet again, the material that serious collectors deem good is turned into something that is not easily accessed for the masses. It is treated like something sacred that cannot even be purchased at cover price. There is almost a sense of protection around volumes like this; as if you have to pay double in order to be punished for possibly damaging the object. If you get a copy of this volume please read it and read it again. And do so while your eating. Take it with you everywhere. Use it the way it was meant to be used. And give it to your kids to enjoy as well. This was made to be enjoyed in its entirety. And if you have a used copy that you want to get rid, maybe try to sell it at a reasonable price so that others can enjoy it and you can contribute to negating the collector repricing of mass printed material.

I have no idea about this products contents outside of what I have read from reviews. I am just not willing to dish out $30+ dollars for a used copy of this volume when others are priced so low.
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