DC Comics Classic Library: Batman - The Annuals Vol. 1 Hardcover – Apr 28 2009
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(DC Comics, 2009)
At last... a reprint that does Batman justice! This is how I remember enjoying Batman as a kid, when I stumbled on some beat-up old copies of these great 80-page Annuals, big thick books that contained the cream of the crop of his classic adventures from the 1940s and '50s. This is Batman at his giddy, goofy, just-for-fun best, with streamlined, action-packed stories written in a much simpler time.
When the DC Archive series started a few years ago, I thought those high-class hardbacks would fulfill the same sense of wonder, but was disappointed to find that -- waaah, boo-hoo -- reading the early stuff from the 'Forties was actually pretty boring, especially when you read it in chronological order. When they skipped ahead to the mid-1960s (in the "Dynamic Duo" books) that helped a lot... But this volume is really the cream of the crop, fun, fantastic stuff that is really the best and most appropriate introduction to the Dark Knight. This is an especially good book to give very young readers, to give them a chance to discover Batman without getting bogged down in the dense psychology and dark violence of today's Bat-books. This old stuff is just plain fun. Yay. Great reprints. (Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
DC Comics does publish "Batman" comic books for younger readers, however, the stories in thes two volumes are much better. "Batwoman" and her young sidekick the original Batgirl appear in som of the stories. Also appearing are Ace, the Bathound and the magical imp from the Fifthe Dimension "Bat-Mite."
These books would make a great gift for youngr readers.