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Tales Of The Batman: Tim Sale Paperback – Jan 13 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (Jan. 13 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401217354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401217358
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 1.3 x 25.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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About the Author

Tim Sale's name has become synonymous with great illustration due to his work on Daredevil Yellow, Super-man for All Seasons and Batman: Long Halloween.

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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The first story is about the Arkham Asylum inmates playing a baseball game, which is sort of lame. The Other stories are fine. You can easily tell Tim Sale is the artist, and his composition is immediately familiar, but it is a little more DC house style than how he draws characters today.
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Format: Hardcover
this is Tim Sale's first Batman tales, this book is for hardcore fans only or you will probebly be disapointed, still you must check out Tim Sale's work in Batman the long halloween - dark victory - haunted knights its AWESOME!!!!!!! great hardcover, 4 stars because i didnt know it was crapy drawings!! haha!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a2cc54) out of 5 stars Great collection March 17 2008
By Brian Reaves - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After recently reading Long Halloween, I picked up this book hoping for more Tim Sale greatness. I found it. This is a great collection of little stories that have appeared over the years. Not every one is perfect, but together they are worth the money.

There is a great three-parter here called "Blades", starring a new hero known as the Cavalier. Not much to start with, but it picks up quickly. Batman is chasing a killer known only as "Mister Lime" while Gotham City is terrorized by a jewel thief. When the new hero crashes the scene, it seems Batman will receive the help he needs. Of course, there are plenty of things going on behind the scenes, but the character is cool.

A very short story involving Catwoman gives us a glimpse into what a "date night" would be like for Batman and her. The first story in the collection doesn't even have Batman in it at all! It focuses on the Arkham Asylum crew trying to live with normal prisoners. The final story includes the introduction of yet another new hero named Nimrod. He's after Catman, Killer Moth, Calendar Man, and Chaser...but why? Oh, this story is a good one!

The weakest spot to me was the inclusion of Tim's Joker story from the "Black & White" collection. I had to read through it twice to understand what was going on.

As a collection, this is strong stuff. The final pages are filled with every cover Tim has done for Batman in recent years (as well as the covers for the stories in this collection). Each story has an introduction by Tim and they're all a fun read into the background of comic book art. If you're a fan of Tim's other Batman stories like "Dark Victory" or "Long Halloween", you'll enjoy this.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a2cea0) out of 5 stars A Fabulous Read. March 24 2008
By A. Collins - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific collection of storys and the art is certainly what you would expect from Tim Sale. It is certainly interesting to see the progression of his style. The first story is the most unique because it does not feature an appearance from Batman and it is the only story in this collection that Tim did not ink himself.

Now, for those of you who are dying to know "What exactly does this book collect?" Here is your answer:

Showcase '94 #3-4 (my favorite Story)
Legends of the Dark Knight #32-34
Shadow of the Bat #7-9
SOLO #1 (most fun story)
Batman Black and White, Volume 2
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a2d0fc) out of 5 stars a nice collection of sale's early batman work June 24 2008
By S. Robert Katz - Published on
Format: Hardcover
this is a fun read with some excellent artwork by sale as well as some rougher early work. it's also got a few little paragraphs with insight into his process and some behind-the-scenes info, but just a bit. fans of tim sale will have a pretty good idea what they're in for as far as the art goes and should enjoy seeing his development over the years. what came as a surprise to me was the quality of the writing. honestly i wasn't expecting much, and it wasn't a consideration of mine when purchasing this book, but i really enjoyed these stories for the most part.

included are a nice little (very) short story about jeremiah arkham and some of his famous mental patients, a great three-parter by james robinson involving a new hero in gotham (flipping through this book i accidentally spoiled the ending for myself, but it surprisingly didn't affect my enjoyment at all), a story about a group of batman's d-list rogues teaming up for a rather generic caper (with a somewhat neat twist thrown at the reader on at the very end that unfortunately feels tacked on), a fun catwoman story and a little black-and-white vignette with sale's beautiful inkwash work. also included are a bunch of batman and batgirl covers by sale.

i only have a few qualms with this book. one of them is the ordering of the stories. ideally this sort of volume should have the stories appear in chronological order to show the development of the artist, and for some reason that's not the case here. i don't know if the "blades" story was published before or after the "misfits" one, but the former appears earlier in the volume and is leaps and bounds ahead of the latter in every respect (design, composition, storytelling, even coloring), so they are either out of order in this book or sale just wasn't trying very hard on the second one (and who could blame him? he was working with much stronger material in the first one). i do know that the black and white story is years older than the catwoman one, so chronological order isn't being strictly preserved. it's not the biggest deal, but it struck me as odd. what bothers me more is that the covers to several of these stories are absent, and they were missed. also it's a shame that this collection only included some of sale's batman covers. i would have loved to see more, because those are some of his best work.

all-in-all a very good read. falls short of perfection, but buyers should find themselves pleasantly surprised, if surprised at all. bit of a hefty price tag, but well worth the amazon price.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a2d378) out of 5 stars Great stories, Amazing artwork. Feb. 23 2009
By P. Ruzzo III - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Tim Sale is an amazing artist,he truly brings the ALL of the characters he draws to life and is, in my opinion, among the best of the best when it comes to Batman. I'm a huge Batman fan and I was very excited when I got this book and I was not at all disappointed when I finished reading it, well, other than the fact that it was over. This book is a must have for any Batman or Tim Sale fan.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa2a2d66c) out of 5 stars nice collection of batty tales Sept. 2 2009
By frustratedphoenix - Published on
Format: Paperback
"Tales" is a collection of Batman adventures showcasing the artistic talents of Tim Stale. Although the violence and action typically found in Batman is present, these aren't as gritty and gruesome as more recent releases. In fact, a couple of the tales, such as "Date Knight" in which Catwoman outrageously flirts with the Bat, are quite lighthearted.