Batman '66, Vol. 1 Graphic Novel review
Jeff Parker and others (Authors), Ty Templeton and others (illustrators), D.C. Comics (publisher)
Review by Joseph Tell
Life often imitates art in the comic book realm, as proven by the succession of comic book related box office hits. For Batman ‘66, however, art imitates life-in this case, a sensational TV show from the late 1960s. The spectacular art and clever narratives in Batman ‘66 reflect every aspect of the Will Dozier TV show, even down to the Joker’s painted-over mustache. Die-hard Batman fans either loved or hated this campy version of the character, but Batman ‘66 is a sure-fire blast from beginning to end. The action-packed stories, written by Jeff Parker, are Bat-tastic, and the varied roster of artists, most notably Jonathan Case, recreate all the iconic villains exactly as they appeared on the small screen. All the pop art camp of the 60s TV version of Batman is included here in the vivid, bright colors that made the series so unforgettable. Unlike the dark, modern take, this version of the Dynamic Duo is family-friendly, and the comic book medium lets Batman swing into action like he never could on the small screen. Batman ‘66 is heavy on nostalgia, but its fresh and unique approach to the classic show results in a great read. Batman ‘66 is a must-have for any Batman fan.
Special Thanks goes out to Emil from Queen City Bookstore and Artvoice newspaper.
I bought the full color Batman Chronicles Vol. 1 awhile ago at the Book Outlet. I wanted to post the covers and a few panels to show the original, violent, and deadly Batman. The original version of Batman is the best version in my opinion.
The first issue featured in Batman Chronicles is Batman's very first appearance in Detective Comics 27.
Detective Comics 28 didn't feature Batman on the cover.
But the cover's blurb, "This Month And Every Month... The Batman!" promised monthly Batman appearances in every issue.
Here's a great panel from the Batman story inside No. 28.