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Showcase Presents Robin The Boy Wonder TP Vol 01 Paperback – Jan 9 2008

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Product Details

  • 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 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,239,401 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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great daylight stories for the Bat. April 25 2009
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Classic Batman before he got too dark and still went out in the day. Great 70s era tales. This is the volume to start with as the previous volume one is 90% campy. Vol 3 is also superb.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre unfortunately June 3 2008
By J. Nicholas Dirga - Published on Amazon.com
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While I generally love these big black and white collections this one featuring Robin isn't the best. Much of these stories are really dated and boring '70s "teen movement" themed with Robin cast as the middle man between the "uptight adults" and the "revolutionary college kids" he hangs out with. Sure, that sounds like it could be kitschy fun but most of these stories are dull and full of groan-worthy cliches clearly written by a middle-aged guy trying to make sense of the '70s college lifestyle. It's not terrible but certainly nothing you'd want to read more than once, there are better Showcases out there.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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.