Batman in the Seventies

    (DC, 1999)
™ and © 1999 DC Comics

This too-cool trade paperback features tales from what many consider to be the Batman’s second Golden Age, the 1970s. Having shed the camp trappings of the 1960s television series, the World’s Greatest Detective returned to his darker roots, operating in the shadows of Gotham City and fighting an all-out war against crime in an effort to avenge the murder of his parents.

Here, readers will find exemplary work from such stalwarts as Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Frank Robbins, Irv Novick, Elliot S! Maggin, Mike Grell, Archie Goodwin, Alex Toth, Paul Levitz, Joe Staton, Dick Giordano, and Marshall Rogers—a virtual who’s who of comic book creators. And the stories? Well, there’s the first appearance of the Batgirl-Robin team from Batman Family #1; the origin of the Huntress, the daughter of the Golden Age Batman and Catwoman; and the coming of Ra’s al Ghul, one of the Dark Knight’s most sinister foes. This is an incredible package, definitely worth the price of admission!

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 Reprints Batman #232, 237, 260, Batman Family #1, DC Superstars #17, Detective Comics #407, 410, 442, 457, 481; Introduction by Dennis O’NeilDenny O’Neil, Elliot S! Maggin, Frank Robbins, Paul Levitz, Archie GoodwinWalt Simonson, Neal Adams, Mike Grell, Dick Giordano, Joe Staton, Jim Aparo, Irv Novick, Alex Toth, Marshall Rogers, Sal Amendola, Ernie Chan, Nick Cardy, Michael W. Kaluta, Bernie Wrightson