As you may have heard, Saturday is Batman Day. By what could only be sheer coincidence, there’s a Batman Day digital sale going on right now. And there is a LOT to sort through.
Let’s go through some of the highlights and start back at the dawn of the Bat.
Batman: The Golden Age Vol’s 1, 2, 3 and 4 are the original run of Detective Comics and Batman starting from the beginning. They’re fairly thick volumes and Vol. 1 is only $4.99, if you like the original material.
For ’60s Batman, you’re looking at Tales of the Batman: Carmine Infantino, which is to say, the “new look” Batman with the yellow circle on his chest.
There are a couple of good choices for the 70s. Tales of the Batman: Archie Goodwin technically isn’t all 70’s material, but that’s where his work with Batman started and Archie Goodwin was one of the finest comic writers, period. While it technically starts in the 60s (and it you want the Denny O’Neil material, start with the second volume), there’s Batman: Illustrated by Neal Adams Vol. 1, 2 and 3.
Here’s the thing about 80s Batman – this is where it started to turn into more a bi-weekly story with Batman and Detective sometimes having the same continuing story and sometimes not. That makes it a little choppy trying to to follow the artist-based books. Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway starts out with some 70s material and then begins his 80s run.
Those are the highlights of what’s on sale in terms of the primary Bat-titles through the years. One of the interesting thing about Batman is how often he’s reinvented and tweaked. For these titles, I prefer the Goodwin, O’Neil/Adams (i.e., V. 2 & 3 of the Neal Adams collection) and Rucka material. You might prefer Morrison and Snyder. Batman is a flexible character.
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.