Batman in Detective Comics

    (Abbeville, 1993)
™ and ©1993 DC Comics

One of the smallest, coolest cover-gallery collections around, Batman in Detective Comics is a Big Little Book-sized collection of every Detective Comic cover (including the first 26 or so that Batman wasn’t in) printed from 1937 to 1987. In addition to the very earliest covers, which showed the title’s pulp-fiction, detective-genre roots, there are, of course, the immortal covers any Bat-fan knows: #27 (Batman’s first appearance) #38 (Robin’s debut) and dozens of others from artists like Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, Dick Sprang, Win Mortimer and Sheldon Moldoff. The two-volume collection from Abbeville Press (which also did a similar collection of Action Comics covers) is a slick, glossy, nostalgic little item, offering a lovely pictorial history of the longest running title in the history of comics, and its most enduring character. In addition to the covers, the set also includes introductions and commentary from Joe Desris, historian of comics in general and Batman in particular.
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