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Showcase Presents: Robin the Teen Wonder VOL 01 [Paperback]

Leo Dorfman , Pete Costanza
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Jan. 9 2008 Showcase Presents
Written by Gardner Fox, Bob Haney, Leo Dorfman and others Art by Mike Sekowsky, Neal Adams, Gil Kane and others Cover by Carmine Infantino and Murphy Anderson Don't miss this massive volume collecting stories from Batman #184, 192, 227, 229-231, 234-236,

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Robin adventures for fans Aug. 3 2011
Format:Paperback
I've always been a big fan of Robin,he had the same life experiences as Batman yet remained playful and warm despite being the ward of the "Dark Knight". No one else who understands Batman and why he does what he does better than Robin/Dick Grayson.Many people find Robin's costume questionable but it is really no more questionable than the costumes of dozens of other fictional heroes like Wonder Woman,Super Man, and Psylocke of the X-men (in her thong bikini ninja phase).I think this is mostly because Robin is young,white, and male.Heterosexual men from America are disgusted by men in revealing attire because it disrupts sexist ideas about gender and bodies. The 60's series both enhanced and damaged Robin's image.The silly "Holy this.." "Holy that.." was just annoying for most people but Burt Ward had many moments where his performance showed Robin was cool and capable like his mentor on a TV series that wasn't meant to be taken seriously.Robin/Dick has a variety of adventures some are high camp and others are very serious.He teams up with Bat girl and Jimmy Olsen in a few adventures which are engaging.The set is very much a creature of the time it was written in (late 60's, early to mid 70's.) If that doesn't bother you and you are a fan of the original Robin than this is a good collection to have.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Check, Batman! You're in the Haneyverse. May 29 2008
By P. J. Doree - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ok, bone weary of people bleating about how these books are in black & white.
Newsflash for the few comic fans who still don't know: Showcase Presents & Marvel Essentials are in black & white, ok? Get over it. It's still exceptional value for money.
As for B & B 2, well, it's clearly a VAST improvement on vol 1. Sure there is some great Neal Adams stuff in the previous volume, but there's a lot
of old tat as well.
Herein, you get Adams, Nick Cardy and THE Brave & Bold artist, ( Also the best Batman artist ever. Discuss. ) Jim Aparo, along with stories from the
insane genius of Bob Haney.
Haney was the kind of writer who never let realism, continuity or even simple logic get in the way of a good story. And his B & B stories are always mad flights of fun. Remember when comics were FUN?
( For instance, in vol. 1, witness the Bats / Sgt. Rock tale, where he gets around the tricky problem of having two characters from different times meet, by having Bats simply say " Back when I was in WW2, I met Sgt. Rock ", when we all know this is impossible. You have to admire that kind of chutzpah. )
Similarly, when teamed with Aparo, Haney seems let off the leash, and promptly puts Bats through: Being possessed by the ghost of a wooden legged sailor / Selling his soul to the Devil / Foretelling the exact date of his own death and, in the best story, being paralyzed in a wheelchair.
( Which stops him chasing the bad guy not one iota. )
This is brilliant, brilliant stuff, and well worth your money.
Don't let anyone tell you different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Great 70's Batman Team-Up Action Jan. 29 2008
By Christopher Gwyn - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another great Showcase book by DC. The stories are self contained in one issue and don't drag out for months in a prolonged manner just to sell a tpb. Batman is fairly close to the Dark Knight we all know and love but is a little bit less despondant in his personality. Great art and fun stories featuring most of the DC 2nd division heroes of the early 70s. I guess this title was used by DC to keep some characters active by throwing them in with Batman so they would not be forgotten.It's definitely worth buying for 12 bucks or so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Adams and Aparo in the Haneyverse! Nov. 15 2011
By Hwy61Joe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
When I read volume one of Batman's Brave and the Bold Team-Ups I wrote that the stories were nearly unreadable until Neal Adams came along to save the day with his incredible artistic abilities. Things are better off this time around! I'm still not sure I'm sold on Haney's writing. Many of the stories seem to try too hard for "relevancy" and end up seeming quite dated. Batman teams up with a very nice, diverse collection of heroes but the most important team-ups are probably the artists that join Haney to tell the tales. There is some more Neal Adams in this volume but by the end the star of the book is Jim Aparo! There's even a story where the first half is drawn by Adams and the second by Aparo and I almost can't distinguish between the two!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great to see the old stories again, but time hasn't always been kind. Aug. 8 2008
By Brian Reaves - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second in the Batman Brave & The Bold Team Ups, and I have to say it's better than the first volume in a lot of ways. For one thing, you have Neal Adams and Jim Aparo supplying art throughout. That gives you two of the best Batman artists of the 60's and 70's in the same book. There's always a different self-contained story in each issue, so you don't have time to get bored with anything. Those are the positives.

The negatives are the amazing amount of repeat guests you have in these twenty-something issues. Two stories featuring Sgt. Rock (of all people), the Teen Titans (complete with the "hip" 60's slang), Black Canary, and Green Arrow. Some stars only rated one issue, like Wonder Woman (during her powerless phase), Plastic Man, Metal Men, and The Bat Squad (don't ask...it's easily the worst story in the book). Heroes like Deadman and The Flash are sorely underused in this run. Both of them get one story each to shine, and they should have been more in there.

Hopefully the next volume will pick up with a few different guest stars rather than recycling the old ones over and over again. Hawkman, The Atom, and even The Elongated Man would make better guests than Sgt. Rock or the Bat Squad. Still, this is better than not having the stories at all. It's a nice glimpse into the past that was leading up to the best years of the Brave & The Bold stories ahead.
4.0 out of 5 stars If you are looking for some Dick Grayson as Robin stories.... March 26 2014
By Just ME - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The 1970s was an interesting time for Robin. He got to go solo which would help towards his development in the 1980s when he becomes Nightwing. Dick Grayson is one of the few characters I am able to read comics that pre-date the 1980s, mostly because its easy to reconcile his era with the modern era unlike Batman and Superman.

The stories range from the end of the Silver Age to the first few years of the Bronze Age. Some stories feel out of place such as Robin's team ups with Jimmy Olsen, Superman, and the Justice League mostly because it doesn't mix with the more grounded stuff going on in the back up stories of Detective and Batman. However, I feel the low point of the book comes from Mike Friedrich. Most people seem to like his run but I didn't enjoy his stories. Most of it was overly political in the worst way. The stories try to balance liberal and conservatism but some stories clearly mischaracterize the opponent's argument too much. The worst stories had to be "Danger Comes A-Looking", "Wiped Out", "Vengeance for a Cop" and "The Outcast Society". They are preachy and valid talking points are turned into extremism for no reason other than the fact that DC at that time was run by old men that didn't understand young people at all (which is why to this day they struggle behind Marvel).

I actually found the best stories to be written by Elliot Maggin and Bob Rozakis which take up the last 100 or so pages of the book. Mostly because the stories are just fun adventures minus all the annoying politics that plagued Friedrich's run.

As for the lack of color, I actually find that it makes the art stand out more and makes it much easier to take the stories more seriously than if they were in color. It feels less like a Hanna-Barbera cartoon.

I wish they would make a volume 2 as the stories get better as time goes on. I really would have loved to see Gerry Conway's story, which is among the last of Robin's solo adventures where he is actually trying to figure himself out. Hopefully DC will eventually release another volume with that story included.
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