Friday, 25 April 2014
BATMAN - FROM THE '30s TO THE '70s...
Towards the end of 1972, two new publications appeared in my favourite local bookshop, W. & R. HOLMES. They were the SUPERMAN and BATMAN col-lections, 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 volume 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 nowadays, 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 reverse of which is now the case.
Funny how happy memories are often accompanied by the shadow of sadness, don't you think?
Posted by Kid at Friday, April 25, 2014