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During the late 1960s, after years of the Caped Crusader being portrayed as a lighthearted character, legendary artist Neal Adams created a graphic and atmospheric design that updated Batman's image and revitalized the hero. Reprinting the critically acclaimed illustrator's earliest work, this first book in a series of three showcases the revolutionary art and influentialDuring the late 1960s, after years of the Caped Crusader being portrayed as a lighthearted character, legendary artist Neal Adams created a graphic and atmospheric design that updated Batman's image and revitalized the hero. Reprinting the critically acclaimed illustrator's earliest work, this first book in a series of three showcases the revolutionary art and influential storytelling style that returned Batman to his darker roots and heavily influenced his modern look. Presenting eight classic tales with current revisions to the original artwork by Adams himself, this superb hardcover features appearances by Superman, Flash, Robin, Aquaman, Deadman, the Teen Titans, and the Scarecrow....

Title : Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams, Vol. 1
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ISBN : 9781401200411
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 240 Pages
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Batman Illustrated by Neal Adams, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Javier Muñoz
    2019-03-09 13:43

    Historias conclusivas con un gran dibujo, desfile de personajes míticos de DC (superman, aquaman, green arrow, deadman, los nuevos titanes)... esos son los puntos fuertes de este cómic. Lo malo la colección de tramas de tono pulp, intrascendentes, confusas, inconexas, absurdas y con diálogos pésimos... mejora mucho por el gran dibujo de Neal Adams, pero como cómic ha envejecido muy mal.

  • Summer
    2019-03-18 17:51

    Neal Adams's run on Batman was a turning point for DC, bringing the artwork from the garish and simplistic drawings of the past to the realistic and dynamic pages of the present. Unfortunately, the writing hadn't yet caught up at this point, which makes these stories a pain to read. They're still stuck in the mold of gimmicky superhero teamups and there's no classic Batman villains in here at all. What you see a lot of is Superman, Deadman, Green Arrow, Aquaman, Robin,The Creeper, and Jimmy Olsen, as well as a parade of forgettable small-time thugs. Characters die as quickly as they are introduced and contrived storylines keep you groaning. Especially compared to the great work being done at Marvel at this point in time, this is third-rate pulp filler.Adams, of course, went on to co-create my least favorite Batman villain ever, Ra's Al-Ghul, and is now focusing his energy on trying to take down Big Science and its tireless insistence that matter doesn't spring forth from some mystical substance and that the Earth isn't expanding exponentially. When will people understand that scientists aren't just stabbing in the dark - they have meticulous processes and evidence to back up what they're saying? Moreover, what would be the benefit to scientists to insist on one likely geological model?Batman's still cool, though. The art in this book is great!

  • Jacob
    2019-02-27 12:44

    Firstly, there are 3 volumes made, but thus far volume one has only been printed in TPB format. Because Neal Adams is one of the finest artists of all time this book is really worthy of a 5 star rating, however there are some reproduction flaws that are subjective as whether or not you the reader will appreciate the work more or less. Namely the art has been recolored digitally, which is fine, but as I've done my research online about this book when it was in HC format, the first volume blew its budget and only slightly more than half of the book got recolored. It's rather noticeable because gone are highlights and brilliance comic coloring affords. In addition to those changes, word balloons sizes, panel sizes, etc., have been enlarged or altered for better or worse. Purists beware. Since much of the material in this book was before my time there are hokey, goofy storytelling elements and dialogue (I call it comic book monologue) so this will offer a different reading experience from readers accustomed to more modern comic book sensibilities. It's as if the writers never put too much thought into their plots. One silly example that annoyed me was a battle of wits contest between Superman & Batman. Batman asks Superman to use his super-hearing to determine whether or not a bell, whistle, or canon was loudest. Turns out, Batman planted an A-bomb (because he, you know, likes blowing up things with his background in demolition) on one of the three items and then Superman never solved the puzzle by himself, he had to reply on a gadget.But that aside, Neal Adams draws like nobody's business and his dynamic art and experimental and snazzy layout panel design is still a wonder to this day.

  • Matt
    2019-03-14 16:42

    Neal Adams is a comics genius. This first volume of his Batman works is not indispensable, though. Why only three stars? 1. These stories are not up to the art. Adams' Batman is associated with the grim, gritty return to capital-C Crime that the character made in the early '70s: The Joker started actually killing people again, etc. These stories are still transitioning out of Silver Age goofiness and, for me, The Brave & The Bold team-ups were always among the worst of the era. Prepare for lots of "Robin's on a mission with the Titans" to explain his absence and clear the decks for a bizarre partnering with another character. Lots of seemingly important characters introduced and killed off within an issue (Bruce Wayne's new ward?!) after discovering Batman's identity, disposable villains, bizarre events (Senator Bruce Wayne). Look, I LOVE Silver Age goofiness, but it never sits right with Batman for me. 2. The garish recoloring and touch-ups of the work put me off. Hey, if you're cool with this meddling, then bully for you, but it makes me make a "who farted?" face when I see it.

  • Kevin Mann
    2019-02-18 11:34

    Apparently there are THREE of these....i mistakenly thought there was only one when i bought it and was not pleased to see missing, the great work with o'neill. :-(

  • Robert
    2019-02-24 09:45

    I've been searching for comics to read. I have been all over the place in my search. Recently, I have been considering Batman. Many of the online recommended reading lists suggest beginning with Year One. Part of me has wanted to get into something from the 1970s. No list I have read for any title has gone there.Today I stumbled across something that highlighted Neal Adams. It explained how he rescued Batman from the campiness of the 1950s and the Adam West show. It stated Adams drew Batman in the late 1960s/early 1970s. Sounded right up my alley.The art appeals to me greatly. I like this Batman. This art makes me recall my youth, despite not really reading comics then. I must have seen enough that it is familiar.The problem with this is that the stories are weak, imo. Never a Superman fan, I don't like the included stories where he and Batman battle. Likewise, not a Green Arrow fan, and there was a crossover there too. A throwback to WWII was no biggy either. Another where a new ward who took advantage and managed a $50,000 ransom.Yup, the stories did not appeal to me, but the art did. Time for Year One, I guess. :) It was nice to pick this up on Comixology on Black Friday for $4.99. Amazon had it for $7.99. I never understand the differences in prices.

  • Andy
    2019-03-03 14:30

    First, the Neal Adams artwork here is spectacular, art that transcends its time and pushes the boundaries in so many ways. The stories themselves are very much of their time and I think you have to consider than when evaluating the book(s). Clearly some are better than others, but the art is consistently amazing. On to Volume 2...

  • Alex
    2019-02-28 16:31

    Neal Adams is considered to be one of the most important Godfathers of Batman....right up there with Frank Miller and Alan Moore, and even its creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Adams, mainly as an illustrator, came along as Batman was hugely popular, but mostly as a campy, outlandish hero--he helped bring him back to his noir "roots." (Always been curious where exactly these "roots" are.)This collection is from the late sixties, as comics where transitioning out of the Silver Age, with its sci-fi ridiculousness, and into the heavier Bronze Age. The thing is, it's kind of stuck in between the ages. So what we get is a grim detective who broods over crime scenes while saying stuff like "Here's my Sunday punch!" And noir-type characters--crooked labor bosses, shady reporters, corrupt pols, etc.--end up fighting aliens and sea Gods.So the tonal disconnect is interesting, for sure. But it was a bit of a barrier for me to fully enjoying this. It's about halfway in between a story I really get into, and a cultural artifact I appreciate for its importance. The stories aren't bad--they're a bit more elaborate than the classic one-shots, and I liked the one that played around with the Citizen Kane story, and another where Wayne becomes a senator. But the writers--not Adams, who's only an illustrator here--aren't exactly Miller, Moore or Morrison.What's really great here is the art. Adams' figures really emote...he captures a lot of subtle emotion in the Caped Crusader. In one extraordinary panel, he even gets away with Batman crying. You can really see the beginning of of the modern age of graphic novels here---non-linear panels, use of tone, intense facial expressions, etc. I struggled over whether to give this four stars, but I just can't justify it. But serious Batfans should definitely check this out.

  • Victor Orozco
    2019-03-05 10:45

    Not too shabby, but it is a bit of a let down. Now I know that Neal Adams is one of the best Batman writers of all time. Responsible for giving the Caped Crusader a much needed boost after the 1950's had tamed him and the 1960's silly story-telling. Writing such great stuff such as the creation of Ra's al Ghul.But this isn't it. In fact, Adams is still feeling a holdover from the 1960's camp and its a bit tricky to accept some of these stories. Still his Batman is a bit more moody and can see how Bruce Timm and Paul Dini would find the inspiration for their beloved animated series.I got to say I got a kick out of Batman encountering the brother of his parents killer. As well as meeting The Creeper, Aquaman, the Teen Titans and Green Arrow in some pretty neat stories. Well told stories too, but still lacking a little.D+

  • Jamie Jonas
    2019-03-10 12:40

    As both an artist and a writer, I uncategorically state: No one, but no one, tops Neal Adams when Batman is at issue. The man did not invent this character, but he, with Denny O'Neil as writer, saved him from disgrace, gave him an incredible majesty, passion, and, yes, "coolness." Great though Alex Ross is as a contemporary comic artist, he's a long ways from surpassing Adams in his vision of the Dark Knight. I will admit that Adams' new artwork is unfortunately not up to snuff, but in his day his depictions of this incredible character reigned supreme. Not one of the film versions, widely touted as they are, has held a flickering candle to Neal Adams' original vision and execution. As a fantasy artist, I owe him a debt I will probably never be able to re-pay.

  • Adam Bender
    2019-02-16 10:42

    Cool to see the beginnings of Neal Adams career drawing Batman. He is certainly one of the best, and there's a lot of great drawings in this collection. However, if you're looking for good writing, you probably should look elsewhere. For the most part, the Bob Haney stories collected here don't really hold up for a modern audience. The Green Arrow tale at the end was a pretty good yarn, but felt like too little, too late.If you're a Neal Adams fan this is still a very cool collection. However, I probably should have picked up one of the other Adams collections featuring Dennis O'Neil on writing duties.

  • Joe
    2019-03-19 17:51

    These are the stories and look that changed Batman forever from a campy hit TV show to the Dark Knight Detective. Neal Adams worked hard to create a visual look that was moody and dark as opposed to the bright look of earlier books. His attention to detail raised the bar back then and set the standard for years to come. The chance to read the stories again and see the artwork on nice heavy white paper with the art remastered for the series is one not to pass up....and you can also see Neal set the stage for his Batman stories to come with Denny O'Neil.

  • Fraser Sherman
    2019-03-05 09:46

    In the late sixties/early seventies, Neal Adams redefined the look and mood of Batman. This collects his earliest work on the character from stories in World's Finest and Brave and Bold and it's fascinating to see him improve in his handling of Batman. The scripts are frequently sub-part--"But Bork Can Hurt You" has great Adams art but the plot is batshit. Worth reading if you're an Adams or a Bat-fan though.

  • Francorum Martinezku
    2019-02-24 10:36

    con una introduccion llena de honestidad y humildad, Adams nos prepara para lo que fue una epoca, simple brillante e ingenua, el arte de Adams cuenta con una evolucion constante y supera muchas veces las historias de la epoca, la galeria de personajes de la Silver Age que aparecen es una paleta de colores maravillosos en manos de Adam y como el dice fue el comienzo del despertar del gigante dormido.

  • Paul Young
    2019-02-19 15:33

    Worth checking out for the art alone and considering the historical perspective. Neal's art helped Bats and DC turn a corner in the late '60s and early '70s. Stories are still the dreck of the silver age. I spent more time taking in how Adams constructed his pages than I did on the stories.

  • Alexander
    2019-03-12 14:40

    Gorgeous artwork from a seminal artist who was responsible for many of the changes seen in DC in the 1960s.

  • Anne Barwell
    2019-03-03 10:39

    Loved the artwork - these are the artists I grew up on when I was reading comics years ago. However, the storyline lets it down a bit and is definitely dated.

  • David
    2019-03-13 13:43

    Best Batman run ever. Well, tied with Jim Aparo's run on The Brave and the Bold.

  • Mark Ciemcioch
    2019-03-06 15:39

    Haiku Review:Iconic coverstory not in collection;Adams' art is rough.

  • Ondra Král
    2019-03-07 15:45

    Adamsova kresba je na rok '68 naprosto peckoidní, o plytkých scénářích se to bohužel říct nedá.