Batman: The Dailies 1943-1946

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Sterling Publishing, 2007 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 544 pages
Thrill to the Early Adventures of the Caped Crusader! In 1943, Bob Kane’s Batman first entered the pages of newspapers across America and became one of the most famous creations in comic book history. But, because of wartime paper restrictions, these strips were sparsely circulated and too rarely seen. Now, this elusive and much-prized work is gathered in two complete, generously-sized collections that every fan will eagerly welcome.
Batman: The Dailies showcases the character’s earliest incarnation, before he became an internationally beloved TV and movie icon. Here, Batman is a newly minted hero in a world of hoods, heels, and two-bit crooks. The style of these atmospheric, shadowy black-and-white strips anticipates Hollywood’s films noir of the late 40’s and 50’s.
The colorful Sunday Classics will thrill devotees, as Batman and the Boy Wonder once again do battle with both common thugs and outrageous villains in order to save Gotham City from plot after evil plot. Making their nefarious way across these illustrated panels are some of the Caped Crusader’s most indelible adversaries, including the Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, and Two-Face.
In addition to behind-the-scenes information and rare promotional materials, these deluxe editions collect the first four years of the classic Batman and Robin comics exactly as written and illustrated by the strip’s most famous writers and artists. Batman and all related characters and elements are trademarks of DC Comics (C) 2006. All rights reserved.

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The first few years of the Batman (and Robin) newspaper comic strip. The stories and art have a certain nostalgic attraction, but they really don't compare well to the depth and maturity of most of today's stories. Mostly of historic interest. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

In 1936, Bob Kane penciled and inked his first comic book work, Hiram Hick. By 1938, he was selling humorous filler stories to DC Comics. That same year, he met writer Bill Finger and they began collaborating on their most famous effort, Batman which first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). Kane's work subsequently appeared in various one-man art shows at galleries and museums nationwide, and he released a number of limited-edition lithographs. Kane also served as a consultant on the 1989 Batman feature film and its sequels, and published an autobiography, Batman and Me.

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