Monday, February 8, 2010

Three Fifties Batman News Items

In the past I've developed a habit of posting for awhile and then disappearing for months at a time. This time I plan on posting until I've run out of fifties Batman stories to post about. But before I begin posting about those stories, there's a couple of news items to go over.

First up is a solicitation from the latest edition of the Previews catalog. Ever since Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne (Bruce Wayne's son) became the new Batman and Robin, I hoped that DC would collect the imaginary "Second Batman and Robin Team" stories that the current Duo are the spiritual successor of. That collection is indeed set to be released, complete with a Brian Bolland cover:

DC's Greatest Imaginary Stories Vol. 2: Batman and Robin
Written by Bill Finger and Others
Art by Sheldon Moldoff and Others
Cover by Brian Bolland

Don't miss this new set of '60s and '70s "imaginary" tales starring Dick Grayson as the new Batman with Bruce Wayne Jr. as the new Robin! Collects stories from Batman #122, 131, 135, 145, 154, 159, 163, and 300, Lois Lane #89, and World's Finest #153.

144 pgs, Softcover, $19.99, On Sale May 26, 2010

As you might expect, there will be a month dedicated to the "Second Batman and Robin Team" stories in the near future.

There's another collection of fifties Batman stories on the horizon, although it has not been solicited yet. One noticeable aspect of last year's DC Comics Classics Library: Batman - The Annuals HC was that it had a "1" on the spine. Speculation buzzed that this meant more volumes would be coming in the future. Well, we didn't need to wait long to find out because an entry for the second volume has shown up on Amazon:
Some of the greatest Batman stories from the 1940s and '50s are collected in this amazing new hardcover!

At the start of the 1960s, DC Comics began compiling some of the best Batman stories in giant, 80-page annuals. This new hardcover collects four Batman Annuals, with stories including "The Secret Marriage of Batman and Batwoman," "The Phantom of The Batcave," "The First Batman," plus appearances by Giant Batman, Rip Van Batman, Zebra Batman, Mermaid Batman, and much more.

The last news item is the one I am most excited about. As I've said before on the blog, "Batman: The Brave and The Bold" is a great cartoon that perfectly captures the Silver Age of comics. It also brings to animation characters you would never expect to see. I mean, on last week's episode Doctor Double X was the main villain. This week's episode may be my all time favorite because it brings to the small screen one of my all time favorite fifties Batman stories: "Batman - The Superman of Planet X!" From World's Finest Online:
Seriously... awesome is that?