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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (Jan. 9 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401216765
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401216764
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3 x 25.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #280,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
More Great 70's Batman Team-Up Action Jan. 29 2008
By Christopher Gwyn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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!
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Robins Greatest Adventures March 7 2008
By Tim Lasiuta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One of the most anticipated series I get to review is DC Comics Showcase series.
Where else can you get over 500 pages of a book dedicated to your favorite characters? So, far, DC has 'showcased' Wonder Woman, Batman, the Justice League, Jonah Hex, The Phantom Stranger, The Elongated Man, the Flash, and even the House of Mystery! To paraphrase one of my favorite book titles, all in black and white for under $20!
Showcase: Robin, covers the comic book career of Robin the Boy Wonder from May of 1964 to September of 1975. It may not be a long time period chronologically, but the range of stories in the book spans the Worlds Finest team ups of Robin and Jimmy Olsen, Robin and Batman, Robin and Batgirl, Robin and Superman, and course, Robin and Robin.
Not only are there outstanding stories in the book, but also outstanding art as well. Gil Kane, Rich Buckler, Terry Austin, Curt Swan, Sheldon Moldoff, Pete Costanza, Joe Giella, Al Milgrom, Chic Stone, Sid Greene, Ross Andru, Vince Colletta, and Murphy Anderson contribute to the stories. Mike Friedrich, Leo Dorfman, John Broome, Frank Robbins, Bob Haney, Denny O'Neil, and Gardner Fox pen this Whose Who in the DC universe from 64 to 78.

Older comic readers will remember the stories from the first time they read them. I know I recognized a few right off the top, but that didn't stop me from sitting down and reading. Robin appeared in various titles like Detective Comics, Worlds Finest Comics, Jimmy Olsen, Batman, and the Justice League. My favorite tales include "How Many Ways Can A Robin Die??" by Frank Robbins, "Theater of the Mind" (Friedrich/Buckler), "The New Terrific Team" (Hamilton/Swan/Klein), and "Midnight is the Dying Hour" (O'Neill/Kane/Colletta). I am perpetually amazed by the volume of work that Gil Kane did for DC in his tenure there and books like this drive that point home every time.
The book cover is interesting. If we look back in our collections, there is a Murphy Anderson Batman/Robin cover that is almost identical! Perhaps they took the same cover, and just removed Batman from the mix, or is it even NEW art for just this book?
Enjoy the adventures of Robin, coming soon to a comic store near you.
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Tim Lasiuta


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