The Essential Batman Encyclopedia

The Essential Batman Encyclopedia

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The ultimate guide to the man behind the mask . . . and the mythology behind the man.

"Criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot. So my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible. . . . I shall become a bat!" So declared millionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne, orphaned as a boy by a murderous thug and driven as a man to battle the scourge of crime by becoming Batman. Batman swooped into popular culture in 1939-and for nearly seventy years has thrilled audiences in countless comics, live-action and animated television programs, and seven feature films. Prowling the darkened rooftops of Gotham City, roaring through the teeming streets in the sleek, high-powered Batmobile, and leaping into action when the iconic Bat-Signal pierces the night sky, the Caped Crusader is a larger-than-life legend. And now, for the first time in more than thirty years, everything there is to know about Batman-from the beginning to the present, and from A to Z-is collected in one comprehensive new sourcebook. More than 500 pages of entries and illustrations include:

* fascinating details and the complete background on Batman's origins
* biographies of every major character in the Batman universe-including his closest allies, from Robin the Boy Wonder and faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth to Commissioner Gordon; and his countless enemies, from the Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, and the Riddler to Scarecrow, Two-Face, Ra's al Ghul and Poison Ivy
* classic black-and-white comic book artwork throughout
* two sixteen-page full-color artwork inserts

Even an all-access pass to the Batcave couldn't rival former DC Comics editor and Batman scholar extraordinaire Robert Greenberger's exhaustive ultimate archive. The Essential Batman Encyclopedia is a must for every Batman fan's bookshelf.

BATMAN, the DC Logo, and all related names, characters and elements are trademarks of DC Comics #65533; 2008. All rights reserved.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey/DC/Ballantine Books, c2008
ISBN: 9780345501066
0345501063
Branch Call Number: 741.5 GRE 2008
Characteristics: vii, 388 p., [32] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm

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Nov 06, 2017

Great and informative for the Batman world >> very indepth

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red_penguin_987
Oct 28, 2014

If you are looking for an easy-to-read book with lots of pictures and diagrams, then this book is not for you. It has about 10 pages of color pictures and those are just showing which villains are which. Not the best book.

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