IN 1937 A BRAND-NEW SUPERHERO Was bom -
one of the first of the new crime-busters and certainly one of the most durable. His name was THE BATMAN and his earliest spectacular adventures, as well as his contemporary exploits, are all re-created in BATMAN: FROM THE THIRTIES TO THE SEVENTIES. The Batman was a dark mysterious character of the night, stalking the streets, defying criminals with superhuman deeds of derring-do, and terrifying enemies and police alike. According to his creator, Bob Kane, The Batman was a combination Zorro, Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Shadow, Mary Roberts Rinehart's The Bat, Sherlock Holmes, and Houdini all rolled into one. Like The Pimpernel, The Batman had a secret identity, that of Bruce Wayne, wealthy playboy. The disguise was particularly useful, for in the early days of the strip The Batman dealt out his own brand of justice, killing villains without any thought of trial. Robin, The Boy Wonder, was a latecomer to the legend. He was added a year after The Batman first appeared. To Bob Kane, he seemed a natural - a hero the kids could identify with. Whatever the reason, the comČbination worked beyond anyone's expectaČtions.
Forty years later, Batman and Robin are still thrilling their faithful fans. BATMAN: FROM THE THIRTIES TO THE SEVENTIES relives that spectacular world of the early comic books with over twenty-five action-packed stories, fifty original cover reproductions, an exciting introduction by E. Nelson Bridwell, writer and editor of The Batman newspaper strip, and a complete bibliography of all The Batman's appearances. Nostalgia lovers everywhere will be delighted by these early hair-raising tales of The Joker, The Riddler, The Penguin, Two-Face, Catwoman and many, many others. This is indeed a collector's delight, a must for all who followed the strip from its earliest days and for anyone interested in unique Americana.