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Detective Comics featured DC's first masked adventurer and went on to give the company its name (from Detective Comics Inc.) and the only character to dominate American popular culture three separate times, each a generation apart: Batman. Join DC to celebrate the 80th anniversary and 1,000th issue of one of the most important publications ever, Detective Comics. Over the Detective Comics featured DC's first masked adventurer and went on to give the company its name (from Detective Comics Inc.) and the only character to dominate American popular culture three separate times, each a generation apart: Batman. Join DC to celebrate the 80th anniversary and 1,000th issue of one of the most important publications ever, Detective Comics. Over the past eight decades, Batman has remained at the forefront of popular culture, which is in no small part because of this comic book series that is synonymous with the Dark Knight! Celebrate Detective Comics with DC, as we revisit classic stories from comics from the 1930s onward, featuring some of Batman's greatest allies and villains and work from some of the greatest creators ever to grace the graphic-literature medium! With a new cover by DC publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee. Curated by guest editor Paul Levitz, it features reprints of the Dark Knight’s most memorable adventures, from his first appearance to the debuts of Robin, Batwoman, Bat-Mite and Batgirl, as well as villains including Two-Face, the Riddler, Clayface, Man-Bat and more. This hardcover also spotlights crime-fighters including Slam Bradley, Air Wave, the Boy Commandos, the Martian Manhunter and the 1970s Manhunter, Paul Kirk! And, published for the first time anywhere: a new tale of a traumatic early moment in Bruce Wayne’s life written by Paul Levitz with art by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz, and an extraordinary look at a long-ago work in progress—the original layouts for the Batman tale from DETECTIVE COMICS #200, as illustrated by Lew Sayre Schwartz (and signed “Bob Kane”). As if that’s not enough, this volume includes essays on Batman from contributors including Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Glen David Gold, Dennis O’Neil, former San Diego police chief Shelley Zimmerman and pulp historian Anthony Tollin. This is sure to be the celebration of the year!


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Detective Comics featured DC's first masked adventurer and went on to give the company its name (from Detective Comics Inc.) and the only character to dominate American popular culture three separate times, each a generation apart: Batman. Join DC to celebrate the 80th anniversary and 1,000th issue of one of the most important publications ever, Detective Comics. Over the Detective Comics featured DC's first masked adventurer and went on to give the company its name (from Detective Comics Inc.) and the only character to dominate American popular culture three separate times, each a generation apart: Batman. Join DC to celebrate the 80th anniversary and 1,000th issue of one of the most important publications ever, Detective Comics. Over the past eight decades, Batman has remained at the forefront of popular culture, which is in no small part because of this comic book series that is synonymous with the Dark Knight! Celebrate Detective Comics with DC, as we revisit classic stories from comics from the 1930s onward, featuring some of Batman's greatest allies and villains and work from some of the greatest creators ever to grace the graphic-literature medium! With a new cover by DC publisher and chief creative officer Jim Lee. Curated by guest editor Paul Levitz, it features reprints of the Dark Knight’s most memorable adventures, from his first appearance to the debuts of Robin, Batwoman, Bat-Mite and Batgirl, as well as villains including Two-Face, the Riddler, Clayface, Man-Bat and more. This hardcover also spotlights crime-fighters including Slam Bradley, Air Wave, the Boy Commandos, the Martian Manhunter and the 1970s Manhunter, Paul Kirk! And, published for the first time anywhere: a new tale of a traumatic early moment in Bruce Wayne’s life written by Paul Levitz with art by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz, and an extraordinary look at a long-ago work in progress—the original layouts for the Batman tale from DETECTIVE COMICS #200, as illustrated by Lew Sayre Schwartz (and signed “Bob Kane”). As if that’s not enough, this volume includes essays on Batman from contributors including Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Glen David Gold, Dennis O’Neil, former San Diego police chief Shelley Zimmerman and pulp historian Anthony Tollin. This is sure to be the celebration of the year!

30 review for Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman Deluxe Edition

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Like they did last year before Action Comics hit its historic 1000 issue milestone, DC have produced a massive celebratory edition for Detective Comics (the company is named after this very title) ahead of its 1000th issue next week and also its 80th anniversary this year. The book showcases comics from the 1930s through the decades right up to the New 52 days in the 2010s. Unlike Action which introduced Superman in its first issue, Detective didn’t introduce Batman (or “The Bat-Man” as he was Like they did last year before Action Comics hit its historic 1000 issue milestone, DC have produced a massive celebratory edition for Detective Comics (the company is named after this very title) ahead of its 1000th issue next week and also its 80th anniversary this year. The book showcases comics from the 1930s through the decades right up to the New 52 days in the 2010s. Unlike Action which introduced Superman in its first issue, Detective didn’t introduce Batman (or “The Bat-Man” as he was initially called) until its 27th issue. We know it today as another Batman title but originally it was an anthology of stories featuring long-forgotten characters like Slam Bradley, The Crimson Avenger, Air Wave, The Boy Commandos (by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, fresh from their success at Timely Comics - later renamed Marvel - creating the character of Captain America) and Pow-Wow Smith, Indian Lawman. The latter is a reminder of the casual racism of ye olden days, along with the amusing cover of the first issue of Detective Comics of a caricature of a Chinese man! Strips featuring all of those characters are reprinted here and… yeah they’re not good! In fact none of the comics printed here are actually any good, which is ironic given that this book is a celebration of comics! The Golden Age stuff is especially hard to read - the writing and art are both so crude and the stories are utterly corny, overwritten and predictable. And it doesn’t really get better as the years progress either though you can see the title becomes consumed with Batman stories until it’s the Detective Comics of today - 100% Batman (or Bat-family, as it is in its current incarnation). Though it does retain its original focus (for the most part) on crime-solving stories with this title being the place to read the less superhero-y Batman stories. The accompanying essays interspersing the various comics though were largely interesting to read. Paul Levitz’s essay reveals that “DC” unofficially stood for Donenfeld’s Comics, Donenfeld being the early owner of the publisher. Anthony Tollin’s essay reveals just how much creators in the ‘30s were ripping each other off with Batman owing much to the more popular characters of the day, Doc Savage and The Shadow, and how the Joker was inspired by a villain who first appeared in The Shadow, the Grim Joker. And, while I knew Batman, Robin, and a great many Batman characters like Two-Face and The Riddler made their debut in this title, I didn’t realise J’onn J’onzz the Martian Manhunter also first appeared in Detective! I’ll also say that this book made me genuinely appreciate and understand the impact Neal Adams’ art had on Batman as, prior to his comics, the art on Batman was sooooo bad! Adams’ art at least looks modern compared to the stodgy stylings of the art from the 1930s, 40s and 50s! I still don’t like Denny O’Neil’s writing though - even his essay was annoying to read! Glen David Gold’s essay was good, I liked Kirby’s art on Boy Commandos and it’s still fascinating to read the very first Batman story, The Case of the Chemical Syndicate (also included is the revamped version that appeared in the New 52 Detective Comics #27 by Brad Meltzer and Bryan Hitch). There were too many Batman strips focusing on his origins though. One was enough - I would’ve liked to have seen one of the early comics where Batman still wielded a .45 automatic! There’s also a cringey poem by Neil Gaiman at the end. Rather than being this wonderful collection for anyone interested in Batman, Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman is really only going to appeal as a curio to readers who are very forgiving of the cheesy old comics of yesteryear. But I’ll also say that some of the best Batman stories ever published first appeared in this title. Ed Brubaker/Doug Mahnke’s The Man Who Laughs, Scott Snyder/Jock/Francesco Francavilla’s The Black Mirror and Paul Dini/Dustin Nguyen/Derek Fridolfs’ Private Casebook are all must-reads for any Batman fans (the less said about Batman: Year Two: Fear the Reaper, the better!). And I think if you wanted to celebrate Detective Comics, those are the books I’d pick up over this one. Happy 80th, Detective Comics, and hearty congrats to Donenfeld’s Comics for publishing 1000 (mostly unreadable) issues of the title - here’s to 1000 more with hopefully more good than bad this time!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mohammed Arabey

    A good Book for Batman's hardcore Fans A good Book for Batman's 🦇 hardcore Fans

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. My undying and unconditional love for Batman has only grown to inconceivable heights ever since my first encounter of the Dark Knight as a child. There was so much to love about this superhero on top of the fact that he has no superpowers to compete with Gods like Superman, The Flash or Wonder Woman. Not only is he the world’s greatest detectives à la Sherlock Holmes within a superhero universe, he simply shines with charisma in the darkest of You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. My undying and unconditional love for Batman has only grown to inconceivable heights ever since my first encounter of the Dark Knight as a child. There was so much to love about this superhero on top of the fact that he has no superpowers to compete with Gods like Superman, The Flash or Wonder Woman. Not only is he the world’s greatest detectives à la Sherlock Holmes within a superhero universe, he simply shines with charisma in the darkest of nights with his superior intellect, detective skills, sheer willpower and a mind grounded in rationality and science. Millionaire playboy as Bruce Wayne and dedicated and resolute vigilante as Batman, his stories over the years have explored powerful, intimate, dark and dreary themes that would always easily catch my attention. The kaleidoscope of villains within Gotham City also raises the bar so high for this hero that there’s no other that can match his once humouristic and colourful world and now gritty and gloomy universe. What is Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman about? Collecting various different stories marking Batman’s saga within his iconic Detective Comics run, this beautiful hardcover deluxe edition looks into sharing some of the most quintessential stories that have ever been published in this series in the comic book industry. From origin stories introducing emblematic heroes and villains within Batman’s universe to adventures of non-superhero characters that were printed within the Detective Comics series, editor Paul Levitz shares these memorable moments interspersed with essays from various contributors who recognize and acknowledge the influence of the Dark Knight on our culture and the individual lives of its fans. With never-before-seen stories and artwork, this celebratory volume, similar to Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman, allows fans to relive the greatness of Batman and his adventures over the years within a comic book series that went on to give the company its name (Detective Comics Comics, also known as DC Comics). It should be noted that this collection doesn’t solely celebrate Batman’s story but the inspirations behind the hero as well as pulp fiction that highlighted various different heroes who have showcased qualities that mankind strives to propagate. While the majority of the volume does focus on the Dark Knight, his friends and his foes, it is not only his stories that are celebrated in order to fully acknowledge the impact of the Detective Comics series throughout the years. The commentary in the form of short essays is also key to this volume’s pertinence and importance as it helps illuminate the epic scale of Batman’s and this series’ influence on various other stories but also on all of its readers. One of the most interesting essays in this volume is the essay on intellectual property that recounts the unfair crediting of creator Bob Kane for both the story and the art for countless years as the real contributors are left unrecognized, such as Bill Finger and Lew Sayre Schwartz. It is only much later that the issue was fixed and credit was given where credit was due. What should not be expected from this volume is a chronological analysis of the artwork as its main focus is on the stories rather than the art. While you can see a significant difference in artwork style as you progress through this volume, it isn’t as impressive as it could’ve been knowing that there are some iconic stories in the run that have incredible artwork but would’ve been impossible to include here without adding 300 pages or including a part of the story without context (e.g. Scott Snyder’s Batman: The Black Mirror). The stories also reflect a very humouristic and campy tone that is closer to Adam West’s Batman whilst tackling some slightly heavier themes. In fact, the various stories are sometimes over-the-top and don’t restrain themselves in realism. It isn’t, however, impossible to appreciate these stories. After all, this is the comic book series that allowed Batman to achieve the impossible over the years since his first appearance in Detective Comics #27. Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman is a stunning and beautiful commemorative collection imbued with a nostalgic value that shares some of the greatest stories published in one of the most important comic book runs in history. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sookie

    Edit: Some historical, political reasons why certain characters were introduced and how anti-gay propaganda influenced these comics - http://www.blastoffcomics.com/2014/01/bat/#lightbox/3/ Some standouts: First appearance of Robin: Story has been told bajillion times. But something absolutely wonderful is this comic when Batman makes this kid take an undying oath to not stray from the path of righteousness. You know he is just a kid right? Like 15 or 16? What is wrong with you. First appearance of Edit: Some historical, political reasons why certain characters were introduced and how anti-gay propaganda influenced these comics - http://www.blastoffcomics.com/2014/01/bat/#lightbox/3/ Some standouts: First appearance of Robin: Story has been told bajillion times. But something absolutely wonderful is this comic when Batman makes this kid take an undying oath to not stray from the path of righteousness. You know he is just a kid right? Like 15 or 16? What is wrong with you. First appearance of Two-Face: Two face: my handsome face is now only half handsome. So am half evil cause if am not full handsome am not full good. His entire reason for criminal behavior --- half handsome = half good. half scarred = half evil. I am opening a dying bottle of Krakow. Its very close to bleach. First appearance of Pow-wow smith: White boy [Jiimmy] and native American [Ohiyesa] boy grow up together. Jimmy to older white man - His name is Ohiyesa Older white man - That's too tough to pronounce. Lets call him Pow wow smith cause its simple. Right...... First appearance of Batwoman: where she kicks ass and saves Batman and Robin. Right after that - Robin - A girl saving you? Ridiculous. Batman - But she takes so many risks!! Yeah, no shit asshole. Three guesses which douche is carrying out this conversation in a car and is riding with a minor child as his sidekick. Take your time. I'll be here. Batman says "If I could find out who you are then so can bad guys." Batwoman - "Oh no. I quit. But I can find out who you are because I have cameras and x-ray and stuff. But I wont do that and wont ever hurt you." What. Really, what. Lady, expose his ass to Gotham. He basically didn't rest till he "investigated" who you were cause you were beating in his own game. Us in 2019 call it casual stalking but hey, you do you girl. Batman berates her at one point saying that there is actually a law in Gotham that no man can become Batman. She gives Batman middle finger stating she is "no man". LOTR feels here. Get it? Get it? Also Batwoman - "Take this gigantic photo of mine. Cause reasons." Ugh First appearance of Bat-mite: Nope. First appearance of Batgirl: I am taking a shot in advance. Seeing how Batwoman was introduced.... Batman - you ruined everything; although you figured out the bad guys plan all on your own, kicked ass, figured out their extra evil future plan, without any inner knowings of meetings that Bruce Wayne was privy too but that's not the point! I organized everything and crime fighting is my territory and unfortunately the main bad guy ran away. Its your fault!!! Get fucked asshole. In the end she still manages to fight along their side and help the two dicks. After coming home, her dad - Commissioner Gordon says - "Too bad you aren't a little more like Batgirl, Barbara." Dad of the year, everyone. I am not really a huge fan of these comics from late 70s to mid 90s. The stories were alright, but the artwork didn't work for me. There is just too much some time and sometimes I want to rub my eyes and see the panel again. The stories became slightly edgier, Batman less of a dick and more cynical but there are couple of decent ones there which tie in with his subtle gentle regard for hope. From there the collection fast forwards to Grek Rucka era - this is the time of late grunge, over consumption of caffeine, pretentious edgy nonsense, searching for deeper meaning in every goddamn thing, copious amount of retrospection, inability to differentiate introspection and self indulgent bullshit and Batman finally loses those goddamn overtly pointy ears. Yes, this was my teenage years and I remember them and Batman from this era with little fondness. Its a super fast forward to New 52 - that are meh. They are alright I suppose. The collection ends with a super long prose/poem thing by Gaiman. Its good, the way he writes and makes it personal. But I am going to be that person and say - its no Sandman... Every major league writers have written something or the other for Batman - either an entire arc or bunch of standalone lines. The character has had a major influence on pop-culture and media franchises. Even now we can't seem to stop making Batman movies. [Sparkly vampire is going to be new Batman.] I was 9 when I read first Batman comic and I really hated it. I thought he looked stupid with cape and mask, besides, Chacha Choudhary was super intelligent and was intelligent-er than Batman. It took few more years for me to come back to this and it was Batman - The Animated Series that got me into reading comics. Comics don't interest me anymore, but this was a nice trip to nostalgia lane. I am glad I got to read some bat-shit (get it?) stuff from the past.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Blindzider

    This celebratory book has a smattering of stories from across the 80 years of Batman, specifically Detective Comics. I typically don't like these types of books but despite the variety it gave a decent representation of Batman, at least in the Gold/Silver/Bronze age. In those cases, there were a few key stories and styles allowing the reader to experience the Batman as he was written in those times. From that respect, being a fan of Batman and increasingly becoming aware of his status in society This celebratory book has a smattering of stories from across the 80 years of Batman, specifically Detective Comics. I typically don't like these types of books but despite the variety it gave a decent representation of Batman, at least in the Gold/Silver/Bronze age. In those cases, there were a few key stories and styles allowing the reader to experience the Batman as he was written in those times. From that respect, being a fan of Batman and increasingly becoming aware of his status in society and his longevity, it was inspiring to see his roots. While those early stories may seem goofy from today's perspective, they were clearly interesting enough to captivate audiences everywhere. The modern stories were less than stellar choices. It almost felt as if they went out of their way to not choose the best stuff. I can understand not reprinting the A level stuff, but this wasn't even B level. I was also surprised at how few covers were actually reprinted. Instead there were prose pieces from various people, in and out of the industry. Despite all that, did I like this more than it deserves? Probably. But it isn't all a waste.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    This collection forced me to reflect on my relationship with The Dark Knight. Why has he retained his popularity for so many years? Why do I follow him more closely than Superman? I believe I am like most people in that I appreciate his humanity, his pain, and his dark and brooding demeanor. This won’t be a debate on Superman vs Batman because there have been just too many of those over the years, but I do find myself drawn to Batman, and this book helps to verify that. Like Superman’s This collection forced me to reflect on my relationship with The Dark Knight. Why has he retained his popularity for so many years? Why do I follow him more closely than Superman? I believe I am like most people in that I appreciate his humanity, his pain, and his dark and brooding demeanor. This won’t be a debate on Superman vs Batman because there have been just too many of those over the years, but I do find myself drawn to Batman, and this book helps to verify that. Like Superman’s anniversary edition last year, this is another awesome tribute to one of the titans of the comic world. 4 out of 5 stars. For my full review: https://paulspicks.blog/2019/03/11/de... For all my reviews: https://paulspicks.blog

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tony Laplume

    An excellent way to celebrate the legacy of the long-running series, not only with the debuts of memorable characters but even those who are somewhat lost to history, as well as stories that represent the changing face of comic book storytelling and society itself. A variety of essays spotlight Detective Comics itself and Batman in general. Bonus material proves inspired, too. DC publisher Dan DiDio opens the collection by disproving the myth that the company itself is named after the series. He An excellent way to celebrate the legacy of the long-running series, not only with the debuts of memorable characters but even those who are somewhat lost to history, as well as stories that represent the changing face of comic book storytelling and society itself. A variety of essays spotlight Detective Comics itself and Batman in general. Bonus material proves inspired, too. DC publisher Dan DiDio opens the collection by disproving the myth that the company itself is named after the series. He also shares how his earliest fond memory of Detective Comics doesn't involve Batman at all, but a '70s version of Manhunter that has become a deep cut of fan acclaim. But you don't have to search your memories to recognize other achievements from a thousand issues of the series. Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Riddler, Two-Face, Man-Bat, Martian Manhunter, Bat-Mite, and even the original Batwoman all made their first appearances here, and those stories are all interesting to revisit. The Crimson Avenger was the first superhero to appear in Detective Comics, so it's only fitting to have him included as well. Batman's monopoly in the series didn't happen overnight, either, so you also get characters like Airwave, Pow-Wow Smith (it's incredible to read this version of Native Americans in 1949!), the Boy Commandoes (from legendary duo Joe Simon and Jack Kirby) and Slam Bradley (from Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, in the same issue as Batman's first appearance). From there the collection features the issue that debuted Batman's updated look, with the famous yellow spotlight behind the bat emblem on his chest, a few reprints from the Manhunter saga, a famous Denny O'Neil reflective tale on Batman's origins (and later another from the five hundredth issue of the series), a longstanding repackaging of Deadshot, a second Bat-Mite segment that reflects the emerging face of fans in the comics industry, a story from genre icon Harlan Ellison, a sober spotlight for Commissioner Gordon, and two stories from the "New 52" era relaunch of Detective Comics and its historic twenty-seventh issue, a Brad Meltzer recreation of the very first Batman adventure and a Scott Snyder peak at the future (my all-time favorite from Snyder, in fact). The bonus material includes sketched artwork for another anniversary issue, Detective Comics #200 and pencil art and script from an unpublished comic. The essays come from a wide range of personalities: a senator, a police chief, and several novelists. Neil Gaiman closes out the collection with a poem depicting his relationship with Batman, and it's of course a highlight. Any retrospective collection by nature captures the perspectives of past eras, what was important to creators from different times. Whether it's what kind of rich guy Bruce Wayne is (whether critiqued by Cory Doctorow or not!) or the kind of villains he faces, or the extent of the focus on the nature of Batman himself, it's not just "comics being comics," but a window into a vast realm of possibilities, a celebration of the medium, too. You can be a fan who's read comics for years or just getting into them, and you ought to be able to appreciate something like this. In short, a fine collection.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chad Jordahl

    The large pages and properly flexible spine make the book quite nice to read. The reproduced comics pages are well done. There are a very few exceptions: some pages that look rougher, and some that look pixelated, as if from a low resolution scan. It seems as if most of the book was reproduced from high quality archived originals except a few pages that had to be sourced elsewhere for some reason. The book design is nothing special. Cover is generic and bland. Same for the layout and design for The large pages and properly flexible spine make the book quite nice to read. The reproduced comics pages are well done. There are a very few exceptions: some pages that look rougher, and some that look pixelated, as if from a low resolution scan. It seems as if most of the book was reproduced from high quality archived originals except a few pages that had to be sourced elsewhere for some reason. The book design is nothing special. Cover is generic and bland. Same for the layout and design for the essays. As for the comics themselves. Well, the early stuff is obviously from a very different time, produced in a very different social and entertainment context, and for a very young demo. So, not for me. And yet I still enjoyed reading them (most of them) for their historical and anthropological qualities. But some of the stuff is just wacko: Very early issue: Bad guy, pointing a gun: "Raise 'em -- you dumb cluck." Slam Bradley: "What's the idea of --?" next panel Slam Bradley, giving bad guy an uppercut to the chin: "I'll raise 'em all right -- straight to your chin!" Meanwhile in the background, Slam Bradley's "partner pal, Shorty Morgan" is holding... a wrench? He brought a wrench to a gun fight? This is not explained. Sheesh. Batman and Robin are described as "the groping duo" (why 'groping'? ... they are searching through a labyrinthine maze for the Riddler) In her first comic book appearance The Batwoman carries a purse as part of her costume. And how does she battle the bad guy? (narration): "The amazing Batwoman extracts a large powder-puff from her bag and..." (bad guy speach balloon): "She shook a whole cloud of powder in my face - - achoo - - can't stop sneezing!" There's the first ever Bat-Mite story, which was the stupidest thing I've read in a long time. It appeared in "Detective Comics" but seemed targeted at 7-year-olds. Quite credulous 7-year-olds. Now it's 1967. The new character Batgirl is smart, tough, and resourceful. Yay progress. But she still carries a purse while fighting crime (in this case the totally lame Killer Moth). And how does she catch the bad guy? She sniffs out the smell of her own perfume that had rubbed off on him earlier. Also, why did the artist draw their capes flowing up off their backs even when they're standing still? And what's the deal with the comically oversized objects? Early in the book Batman and Robin find themselves, inexplicably, in a hall full of super-sized Hi-Fi equipment where they battle a bunch of bad guys. In a later issue Batman is at a convention hall where he battles Deadshot on a huge electric typewriter, one where the keys are a bit larger than their feet. And it's actually a functioning typewriter, not just a cardboard display. Who would ever actually build such a thing? So stupid.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman is a compilation of some of the best representative Batman stories over the years to commemorate both the eightieth anniversary debut of one of the most iconic comic characters and to celebrate the (then) upcoming one-thousandth issue of Detective Comics, collected and edited by Paul Levitz. Over the years, there were many incarnations and depictions of the Dark Knight and this collection explores them all rather well. This anthology collects Detective Comics Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman is a compilation of some of the best representative Batman stories over the years to commemorate both the eightieth anniversary debut of one of the most iconic comic characters and to celebrate the (then) upcoming one-thousandth issue of Detective Comics, collected and edited by Paul Levitz. Over the years, there were many incarnations and depictions of the Dark Knight and this collection explores them all rather well. This anthology collects Detective Comics #1, 20, 27, 38, 60, 64, 66, 140, 151, 153, 225, 233, 267, 298, 327, 359, 400, 437, 443, 457, 474, 482, 500, 567, 742 and #27 (908). As a whole, Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman is a rather interesting collection comics and essays. Interestingly enough, they included Detective Comics #1 and 20 that doesn't even feature Batman – as his first appearance was in Detective Comics #27. It is however, very interesting to see these old comics and how society thought during those times – as some of the semi-racist stereotypes wouldn’t have been accepted nowadays, despite the lightness of the issues. Limited the story selection to the Detective Comics series was wise, since it is also a celebration of the series, but is still must have been a Herculean Task as there was close to one thousand issues to choose from and it is no easy feat to pick out the best or favorites from the masses. Logical choices were made like the first issue of Detective Comics, despite the lack of Batman, Detective Comics #27 – the first appearance of Batman, the first appearances of Robin, Batwoman, Bat-Mite, and Batgirl were also included as wells as villains Two-Face, the Riddler, Clayface, Man-Bat and many more. Furthermore, it also spotlights crime-fighters and detectives including Slam Bradley, Air Wave, the Boy Commandos, Paul Kirk, and surprisingly Martian Manhunter inception was here in Detective Comics as for quite a while Detective Comics focused on the Detective part of the title and hasn't always been a Batman or Batman Family title. Additionally, there are essays from the comic industry alumnus, an original comic story by Paul Levitz, which was illustrated by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz and the original layouts for Detective Comics #200, which was rather interesting to see how it was composed. All in all, I think Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman is a wonderful selection of stories over the eight decades that Batman has been around. It is a good anthology for both the avid and subdued fan alike. However, for the newly initiated I would recommend a collection that is more substantial and cohesive.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Okay, I have a soft spot for this type of collection, flawed as they are in that they never manage to collect everything that I think should be collected. This collection's main focus appears to be on first appearances, though it veers from that with Slam Bradley, and contains the first appearances of the Crimson Avenger, Two-Face, Riddler, Batwoman, Bat-Mite, Clayface, the second Batgirl (the first Bat-Girl, Betty Kane, debuted in BATMAN), Man-Bat (in his original anti-hero form, not the villain Okay, I have a soft spot for this type of collection, flawed as they are in that they never manage to collect everything that I think should be collected. This collection's main focus appears to be on first appearances, though it veers from that with Slam Bradley, and contains the first appearances of the Crimson Avenger, Two-Face, Riddler, Batwoman, Bat-Mite, Clayface, the second Batgirl (the first Bat-Girl, Betty Kane, debuted in BATMAN), Man-Bat (in his original anti-hero form, not the villain he became later), Martian Manhunter, Pow-Wow Smith, and the Boy Commandos. As DETECTIVE was an anthology title into the '80s, however, I was a little disappointed to see no representation of some of its later backup features like Elongated Man or Jason Bard or Green Arrow. And what was with the 14-year, 175-issue gap between stories? Was there nothing that could have been included between issues 567 and 742 (1986-2000)? (There was a lot of interconnected storytelling in that period which may have made selecting a single story difficult, I suppose.) And I guess a 600-page collection would have been out of the question. ☺ If DC really wants to take my money, here's a couple suggestions for future deluxe editions: (1.) The Goodwin/Simonson MANHUNTER (probably too short, at maybe 64 pages total, but totally deserving of the larger format); and (2.) The Englehart/Rogers STRANGE APPARITIONS/DARK DETECTIVE stories (and possibly include Roy Thomas's excellent origin of the golden age Batman that, though published some eight years after "Strange Apparitions" concluded in 1978, reads as if Englehart and Rogers used it as the basis for their stories).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jared

    Great sampling of all the different eras the Detective Comics title has gone through over the past eighty years. It has a lot of Batman, like you would expect, having stuff like the first stories, the first appearances of the likes of Robin, Batwoman, Batgirl, Two-Face, Clayface, and The Riddler. What was as interesting was seeing some of the other stories and characters that came from it, like Jack Kirby's wartime stories of The Boy Commandos and the mix of superheroics and James Bond espionage Great sampling of all the different eras the Detective Comics title has gone through over the past eighty years. It has a lot of Batman, like you would expect, having stuff like the first stories, the first appearances of the likes of Robin, Batwoman, Batgirl, Two-Face, Clayface, and The Riddler. What was as interesting was seeing some of the other stories and characters that came from it, like Jack Kirby's wartime stories of The Boy Commandos and the mix of superheroics and James Bond espionage in Manhunter. Sadly, unlike the previous Action Comics, the essays that accompany the comics aren't quite as strong. There's a few good ones, like the one by Anthony Tollin about the pulp influences of the character, but a few of them fell flat for me, the worst being the one by a San Francisco Police Commissioner that felt more like an advertisement for the San Francisco Police Department, and surprisingly Cory Doctorow's piece felt so empty and basic that it almost made me wonder if he had actually any experience or love with the character, or if he just wrote it for a check. However, that stuff doesn't fill that much of the book, so I can't really fault the whole thing for that. Overall, if you're at all interested in seeing some of the history of the character and comics in general, I'd give it a shot.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jamy

    Loved taking my time with this one. The last two years have brought milestone anniversary treatments of Action and Detective Comics. Hopefully, the same with the Amazon reaches her 80th year. So glad that we got to travel the Dark Knights history with this collection of classic comic tales. From his very beginning in Detective No. 27 to a modern story. Along the way we get treated to an array of intros by various members of the Bat-family (Robin, Batwoman, and Batgirl... even the pest Bat-mite) Loved taking my time with this one. The last two years have brought milestone anniversary treatments of Action and Detective Comics. Hopefully, the same with the Amazon reaches her 80th year. So glad that we got to travel the Dark Knights history with this collection of classic comic tales. From his very beginning in Detective No. 27 to a modern story. Along the way we get treated to an array of intros by various members of the Bat-family (Robin, Batwoman, and Batgirl... even the pest Bat-mite) and the beginnings of a few well-known members of the Caped Crusader’s rogue’s gallery (Riddler, Two Face, and Clayface to name three). Some stories actually have piqued my interest in going back and searching out past collections (notably No Man’s Land as one of the stories printed in this collection goes into Commissioner Gordon’s character after that landmark series). All in all a great read. I wish we had more of the other classic villains (A Joker, Catwoman, and Penguin Story would have been nice). I think it would have been silly fun to see some of the Bat-pets come along aside from the cameo of Ace.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Aronhalt

    It was neat seeing some of the first appearances of Batman and many of his sidekicks and villains but some of the stuff featuring some of the other, lesser-known characters from Detective Comics were a little boring to me and while it's neat reading the older comics, they are often a bit of a drag and less compelling to me for some reason. It was neat reading some of these people share their love of Batman but as someone who prefers many heroes to him it was hard to 100% agree with the many It was neat seeing some of the first appearances of Batman and many of his sidekicks and villains but some of the stuff featuring some of the other, lesser-known characters from Detective Comics were a little boring to me and while it's neat reading the older comics, they are often a bit of a drag and less compelling to me for some reason. It was neat reading some of these people share their love of Batman but as someone who prefers many heroes to him it was hard to 100% agree with the many claims of him being vastly superior to other heroes and the one interlude written by someone bemoaning Bruce Wayne's status as a rich man while showcasing their ownership of a thesaurus was the exact opposite of what I like to read and was a chore for me. This was a fun way of celebrating 80 years of Batman but is definitely probably for bigger fans of Batman for me.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    I won this book in a GoodReads give-a-way. Lucky Day! This book is a nice hardbound edition that offers a wide variety of stories from Detective Comics over the last 80 years. While the majority of the stories are Batman stories, some are about other characters who have been featured in Detective, like the Manhunter from Mars, Slam Bradley and Pow-Wow Smith. You also see the introduction of Robin, Two-Face, and The Riddler. The reader may notice the absence of The Joker from this book, but if I won this book in a GoodReads give-a-way. Lucky Day! This book is a nice hardbound edition that offers a wide variety of stories from Detective Comics over the last 80 years. While the majority of the stories are Batman stories, some are about other characters who have been featured in Detective, like the Manhunter from Mars, Slam Bradley and Pow-Wow Smith. You also see the introduction of Robin, Two-Face, and The Riddler. The reader may notice the absence of The Joker from this book, but if you look at the history of the villain you will see the vast majority of his important stories occur in the pages of Batman, not Detective Comics. All in all, this is a great book for fans of the Caped Crusader and I was lucky to win it. If you are a Batman fan this is definitely a must read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael Emond

    A fun collection of Batman stories from Detective Comics (the first comic to actually carry the Batman - issue 27). You have the first appearance of Batman, Robin, Batmite, the Riddler (a fav) Two Face, Batwoman,(remember her?), Man-Bat, you have some of the non-Batman characters Slam Bradley, Pow Wow Smith, The Martian Manhunter. You have some fun stories with some great art. A very nice collection if you want to sample comics from every decade. Not all stories are classics but they are almost A fun collection of Batman stories from Detective Comics (the first comic to actually carry the Batman - issue 27). You have the first appearance of Batman, Robin, Batmite, the Riddler (a fav) Two Face, Batwoman,(remember her?), Man-Bat, you have some of the non-Batman characters Slam Bradley, Pow Wow Smith, The Martian Manhunter. You have some fun stories with some great art. A very nice collection if you want to sample comics from every decade. Not all stories are classics but they are almost all enjoyable. I had read quite a few of these before so I rate it a bit lower but still worthy of a read for Batman fans who haven't sampled these classics yet.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Scott Waldyn

    Terrific tribute to Batman and Detective Comics as a whole. Love the combination of essays and carefully-selected comics that tie into the theme of who Batman is as a character and how he's grown and evolved over the years. I also love that we get to see a few firsts from some of Batman's rogues gallery, notably Riddler, Two-Face, and Man-Bat (among others). I also love that the very first Martian Manhunter story is in here, too. If I had but one complaint... I wish they would have included a Terrific tribute to Batman and Detective Comics as a whole. Love the combination of essays and carefully-selected comics that tie into the theme of who Batman is as a character and how he's grown and evolved over the years. I also love that we get to see a few firsts from some of Batman's rogues gallery, notably Riddler, Two-Face, and Man-Bat (among others). I also love that the very first Martian Manhunter story is in here, too. If I had but one complaint... I wish they would have included a Joker story. Just one. He's Batman's greatest villain after all, and his absence is felt.

  17. 4 out of 5

    John

    Loved this collection of stories. Robin and Batgirl origin stories and a really cool alternate world story about Joe Chill.Not the mention the touching crime alley story centered around the most tragic night in young Bruce Wayne life.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rob S.

    I loved this, mostly as a leisurely study of the evolution of comics in general and an enduring, amazing character in particular. Stories from the entire 600s are conspicuously missing, as well as from the Grant and Breyfolgle runs.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Lind

    It's good, but not great. Don't get me wrong, this is a nice book to have in your collection if you are a die-hard Batman fan, but it isn't absolutely necessary. There are better Batman books to have displayed on your bookshelf or sitting on your nightstand or coffee table than this one.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Danijel Jedriško

    80 years of the Caped Crusader is a nice showing of the great history of the Bat. I really liked this issue and the critical text inside. Along with the special edition about Superman last year, this is something every comic book fan should have in his collection.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Allen

    Love batman and the detective comics!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gene

    A combination of essays and comics, with the art of older books being awful but much better later. Essays are either good or wonderful. Doubt you’ll read this without learning many things.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Sigal

    Perfect reading for any Batfan.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    An enjoyable journey through the Dark Knight Detective's past that had some excellent stories from the various decades and some shall we say interesting adventures?

  25. 5 out of 5

    ♡Allie♡

    A great thing to have for any die-hard Batman fan which I consider myself, but the thing about the Batman's published in of the 30s and 40s is tons of corny dialogue and not so stellar plots.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maik Krüger

    The handpicked stories by the finest writers and artists from 80 years are extremely enjoyable. It even includes one written by Harlan Ellison.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rebalioness

    Don't waste your money. Everything in this volume has been printed in other compilations. Borrow from the library or on Hoopla.

  28. 5 out of 5

    dreamer of art

    I enjoyed this very much. DC even included some early non-Batman tales inside . I liked the overall selection of tales, but also enjoyed the essays throughout. I enjoyed this very much. DC even included some early non-Batman tales inside 👌. I liked the overall selection of tales, but also enjoyed the essays throughout.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Yosef Shapiro

    80 years of Batman in Detective comics. This collection also includes some of the supporting characters who have appeared in this comic over the last 80 years.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Wolf

    I loved this book! it shows how batman has changed over the years. it was a bit small but was great overall. it is a great book and i think that you should pick it up. it is only $30!

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