Saturday, February 24, 2024


folio society dc batman

Who says reading comic books isn't classy?! The Folio Society, based in London, which publishes beautifully produced, illustrated hardback books is reprinting some of Batman's greatest stories in a format that would make these comic book stories look right at home on the shelves of the world's most prestigious libraries. Folio Society's DC: Batman edition available now for purchase celebrates the 85th anniversary of the first comic book appearance of the Dark Knight Detective reprinting twelve previously released stories.

Scanned from original copies held in the DC archives, the comics have been reproduced in 10” x 7” treasury format. An anti-scratch laminated hardcover features Batman’s signature silhouette, with titles foil-embossed in yellow and midnight blue, the book itself cowled in a pitch-black slipcase bearing the famous Bat-Signal. A compendium of gothic artwork and Batarang-sharp storytelling, DC: Batman is an unmissable investigation into the adventures and pathology of one of the world’s most famous – and most troubled – DC Super Heroes. Available exclusively at for $100.

Created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, Batman first appeared in 1939’s Detective Comics #27 and since then the Dark Knight has stood as a symbol of determination, courage and justice to generations of fans. This collectible compilation includes twelve seminal comics, by a host of iconic writers and artists— including Bill Finger, Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, Denny O'Neil, Neal Adams, Marshall Rogers, Frank Miller, Dave Mazzucchelli, Alan Moore, Brian Bolland and Kelley Jones—all selected and introduced by former DC President, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of DC, Jennette Kahn. Along with the 320-page one-of-a-kind deluxe book, DC: Batman also comes with a stand-alone replica copy of Batman #1. Scanned in its entirety from an original 1940 copy, the replica copy of the Batman #1 comic book, which includes the original back-up strips and vintage ads and introduces DC’s Clown Prince of Crime, aka The Joker, and The Cat, who would come to be known as Catwoman.

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“Created towards the end of the Great Depression by artist Bob Kane with writer Bill Finger, Batman is an icon as familiar as James Bond or Tarzan, one who has evolved to reflect the changing attitudes of the twentieth century,” Folio Society Head of Editorial, James Rose, communicated to “The stories selected for DC: Batman reveal how the character and his billionaire alter-ego Bruce Wayne gradually evolved from the dutiful crimefighter of the 1940s to a man who becomes as crazed as the criminals he puts away. The Caped Crusader faces a rogue’s gallery steeped in gothic horror, from the Weimar cinema-inspired The Joker to the Jekyll/Hyde figure of Two-Face and the Moriarty-like Ra's al Ghul.”

The stories included in The Folio Society DC: Batman compilation are:

Facsimile: Batman #1 (Spring 1940) 
  • Writer: Bill Finger 
  •  Cover artists: Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson 
  •  Artists: Bob Kane, Sheldon Moldoff 
  •  Editor: Whitney Ellsworth 
The Bat-Man Detective Comics #27 (May 1939)  
  • Writer: Bill Finger 
  •  Artist: Bob Kane 
  • Editor: Vincent Sullivan 
 Robin—the Boy Wonder Detective Comics #38 (April 1940)
  •  Writer: Bill Finger 
  •  Artists: Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson 
  • Editor: Whitney Ellsworth 
The Crimes of Two-Face! Detective Comics #66 (August 1942) 
  •  Writer: Bill Finger 
  •  Artists: Jerry Robinson, George Roussos 
  •  Letterers: Ira Schnapp 
  • Editor: Whitney Ellsworth 
Batman and Green Arrow: The Senator’s Been Shot! The Brave and the Bold #85 (September 1969)
  •  Writer: Bob Haney 
  • Cover artist: Neal Adams 
  •  Penciler: Neal Adams
  •  Inker: Dick Giordano 
  •  Letterer: Ben Oda 
  •  Editor: Murray Boltinoff 
Daughter of the Demon Batman #232 (June 1971) 
  •  Writer: Dennis O'Neil 
  •  Cover artist: Neal Adams 
  •  Penciler: Neal Adams 
  •  Inker: Dick Giordano 
  •  Letterer: John Costanza 
  •  Editor: Julius Schwartz 
The Dead Yet Live Detective Comics #471 (August 1977) 
  •  Writer: Steve Englehart
  •  Cover artists: Marshall Rogers, Terry Austin, Tatjana Wood, Gaspar Saladino 
  •  Penciler: Marshall Rogers
  •  Inker: Terry Austin 
  •  Colorists: Marshall Rogers
  •  Letterer: John Workman 
  •  Editors: Julius Schwartz, E. Nelson Bridwell 
The Dark Knight Returns Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1 (June 1986) 
  •  Writer: Frank Miller 
  •  Cover artists: Frank Miller, Lynn Varley 
  •  Penciler: Frank Miller 
  •  Inker: Klaus Janson 
  •  Colorist: Lynn Varley
  •  Letterer: John Costanza 
  •  Editors: Dick Giordano, Dennis O'Neil 
Batman: Year One—Chapter One: Who I Am—How I Come to Be Batman #404 (February 1987)
  •  Writer: Frank Miller 
  •  Artist: Dave Mazzucchelli 
  •  Colorist: Richmond Lewis
  •  Letterer: Todd Klein 
  •  Editor: Dennis O'Neil 
Batman: The Killing Joke (July 1988) 
  •  Writer: Alan Moore 
  •  Cover artists: Brian Bolland, Richard Bruning 
  •  Artist: Brian Bolland Colorist: John Higgins
  •  Letterer: Richard Starkings 
  •  Editors: Dennis O'Neil, Dan Raspler 
The Last Arkham (Part One) Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1 (June 1992) 
  •  Writer: Alan Grant 
  •  Cover artist: Brian Stelfreeze 
  •  Penciler: Norm Breyfogle
  •  Inker: Norm Breyfogle 
  •  Colorist: Adrienne Roy 
  •  Letterer: Todd Klein 
  •  Editors: Scott Peterson, Dennis O'Neil 
Knightfall Part 1: Crossed Eyes and Dotty Teas Batman #492 (May 1993) 
  •  Writer: Doug Moench 
  •  Cover artists: Kelley Jones, Bob LeRose 
  •  Penciler: Norm Breyfogle 
  •  Inker: Norm Breyfogle 
  •  Colorist Adrienne Roy
  •  Letterer: Richard Starkings 
  •  Editors: Scott Peterson, Jordan B. Gorfinkel, Dennis O'Neil

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