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Dive into the history of one of the greatest Super Heroes of all time with this deluxe book exploring the creation and legacy of the Dark Knight. Since his debut in Detective Comics in 1939, Batman has become an iconic part of American popular culture. From his early days as a master sleuth to his campy, TV-inspired “New Look” in the 1960s and gritty reinvention in the late Dive into the history of one of the greatest Super Heroes of all time with this deluxe book exploring the creation and legacy of the Dark Knight. Since his debut in Detective Comics in 1939, Batman has become an iconic part of American popular culture. From his early days as a master sleuth to his campy, TV-inspired “New Look” in the 1960s and gritty reinvention in the late twentieth century, Batman has remained popular as a rare superpowerless hero: a man with genius-level intellect, mastery of martial arts, and a singular, obsessive mission to rid his city of crime, whatever the cost to himself. This book celebrates Batman’s 80th Anniversary in 2019 and traces his history across eighty years of comics, cartoons, live-action TV shows, and major motion pictures exploring the history and legacy of the Caped Crusader through his many incarnations. Featuring exciting never-before-seen imagery and commentary from key writers, artists, filmmakers, and more, this book also includes a variety of removable insert items, providing a unique, immersive experience for fans. Comprehensive, compelling, and filled with previously unseen treasures, Batman: The Ultimate Visual History is the definitive guide to the legendary Dark Knight.


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Dive into the history of one of the greatest Super Heroes of all time with this deluxe book exploring the creation and legacy of the Dark Knight. Since his debut in Detective Comics in 1939, Batman has become an iconic part of American popular culture. From his early days as a master sleuth to his campy, TV-inspired “New Look” in the 1960s and gritty reinvention in the late Dive into the history of one of the greatest Super Heroes of all time with this deluxe book exploring the creation and legacy of the Dark Knight. Since his debut in Detective Comics in 1939, Batman has become an iconic part of American popular culture. From his early days as a master sleuth to his campy, TV-inspired “New Look” in the 1960s and gritty reinvention in the late twentieth century, Batman has remained popular as a rare superpowerless hero: a man with genius-level intellect, mastery of martial arts, and a singular, obsessive mission to rid his city of crime, whatever the cost to himself. This book celebrates Batman’s 80th Anniversary in 2019 and traces his history across eighty years of comics, cartoons, live-action TV shows, and major motion pictures exploring the history and legacy of the Caped Crusader through his many incarnations. Featuring exciting never-before-seen imagery and commentary from key writers, artists, filmmakers, and more, this book also includes a variety of removable insert items, providing a unique, immersive experience for fans. Comprehensive, compelling, and filled with previously unseen treasures, Batman: The Ultimate Visual History is the definitive guide to the legendary Dark Knight.

30 review for Batman: The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film, and Beyond

  1. 4 out of 5

    Akbar Hasan

    This was such a great book to read before turning in for the night (minus the fact that it would keep me up sometimes). I'm a big fan of both film and comics, and Batman and his world (which I also adore) are unique in the sense that they're giants in those two mediums. That cross-over made this read a really engaging one. It's incredible to learned the nuanced history of batman, his rise to fame, the transformation in creative themes and philosophies. To be able to get a peak behind the curtain This was such a great book to read before turning in for the night (minus the fact that it would keep me up sometimes). I'm a big fan of both film and comics, and Batman and his world (which I also adore) are unique in the sense that they're giants in those two mediums. That cross-over made this read a really engaging one. It's incredible to learned the nuanced history of batman, his rise to fame, the transformation in creative themes and philosophies. To be able to get a peak behind the curtain of some of the greatest batman features is greatly appreciated too. All the concept art, storyboards, character designs, from the burton movies and BTAS was great to see. It was surprising for me to learn how the campy atmosphere of the Adam West Batman show originated from the comics in the 50's, which were painting batman with that same color because of the comics code authority. One of the other takeaways for me was a reminder about the essence of batman and what really drives him; his actions stem from making sure that the tragedy he suffers from never happens to anyone else... and I agree with the writers and the artists who value how truly heroic that is.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robert Greenberger

    Caveat: I am interviewed in this book so there's a slight bias. Andrew Farago and Gina McIntyre provide a done-in-one comprehensive 80th Anniversary survey all things Batman, from his inception to his current media saturation. We get the lowdown on the comics evolution, his changing nature over the decades, his arrival in serials to the 1966 series, and film incarnations. Attention is paid to the video games, which have had an outsized influence on the franchise (about the only thing I didn't kn Caveat: I am interviewed in this book so there's a slight bias. Andrew Farago and Gina McIntyre provide a done-in-one comprehensive 80th Anniversary survey all things Batman, from his inception to his current media saturation. We get the lowdown on the comics evolution, his changing nature over the decades, his arrival in serials to the 1966 series, and film incarnations. Attention is paid to the video games, which have had an outsized influence on the franchise (about the only thing I didn't know going into this). About the only thing not examined is his prose exploits, which to me is a glaring oversight. They have done extensive research and conducted dozens of interviews so it's a fairly balanced look at the character, his friends, and foes. It's a fast read for those, like me, intimately familiar with Batman. For others, I suspect it will be revelatory. If it's missing anything, is the final chapters lack the critical analysis found earlier in the book. As written, for example, it sounds like the DCEU films were universally beloved and successful. The physical book is large, printed on thick paper, gorgeously reproducing artwork and photography. Like the Vault books, it has bound=-in facsimiles, the coolest perhaps being the 1986 Bob Kane treatment for the developing feature film. I'd heard it existed but had never read it. If you're a Batman fan in any incarnation, this is well worth your time.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Chad Van deren

    A thorough and exhaustive history of The Batman, in all the best ways possible. From his creation to modern day tales. Encompassing comic books, movies, television and video games. Just what every Batman fan needs and craves. That being said, it took me time to finish as the physical size and weight of the book precluded me from reading it in bed or on the go, my preferred methods. I actually had to prepare my area before reading a chapter. All worthwhile for such a wonderful book. I'm extremely A thorough and exhaustive history of The Batman, in all the best ways possible. From his creation to modern day tales. Encompassing comic books, movies, television and video games. Just what every Batman fan needs and craves. That being said, it took me time to finish as the physical size and weight of the book precluded me from reading it in bed or on the go, my preferred methods. I actually had to prepare my area before reading a chapter. All worthwhile for such a wonderful book. I'm extremely happy to have it in my collection.

  4. 4 out of 5

    David Lambert

    Great book, that was lovingly researched and brilliantly designed, and the art work was absolutely superb. Highly recommended if you're a Batman fan

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    Geekdroll

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    John McNamara Jr.

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