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Friday, 25 April 2014
BATMAN - FROM THE '30s TO THE '70s...
Images copyright DC COMICS
Towards the end of 1972, two books appeared in my favourite
local bookshop, W. & R. HOLMES. They were the SUPERMAN
and BATMAN volumes, From The '30s To The '70s (though they
had the apostrophes in the wrong place). I bought the Superman edition
right away, but I didn't buy the Batman one until 1979, when it was re-
issued along with its companion in the wake of the 1978 Superman
movie starring CHRISTOPHER REEVE.
A good many years back, I managed to acquire first editions of
each tome to sit alongside the '79 reissues, but though I've showcased
the Superman book on this blog, I don't recall ever featuring the Batman
one. I can remedy that oversight right now by showing you the front and
back covers, but not the interior pages, alas, without risking damage to
the spine. (Unfortunately, there's some dust under the protective
cover, but I can't be bothered taking it off to clean.)
Although I didn't buy the book in '72, I thumbed through its pages
many times whenever I was in the shop, so whenever I look at it nowa-
days, it evokes memories in me of the early '70s when I was still a young
teenager with a larger slice of life ahead of me than behind me - the