([June] 1989)

DC, 1989 Series
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Price:
15.95 USD; 20.95 CAD
Pages:
356
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
ISBN:
0930289-39-0; 978-0930289393 Search at WorldCat
Editing:
Mike Gold (Editor); Robert Greenberger (Coordinating Editor); Brian Augustyn (Associate Editor); Mark Waid (Associate Editor); Keith Wilson (Book Design)
Color:
color
Dimensions:
standard modern age US
Binding:
softcover
Publishing Format:
collected edition

Issue Notes

Simultaneously published by Warner Books. Says "Greatest DC Stories Vol. 2" on spine.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Walt Simonson (painting, signed)
Inks:
Walt Simonson (painting, signed)
Colors:
Walt Simonson (painting, signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]

[Blank Pages] (Table of Contents)

blank page(s) / 2 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover and inside back cover are blank.

The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (Table of Contents)

Batman / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero

Indexer Notes

Title page.

[Credits] (Table of Contents)

credits / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Credits and indicia.

["To Bob Kane and Bill Finger..."] (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Ray
Inks:
Jerry Robinson
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Dedication page

Table of Contents (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Growing Up with the Greatest (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Dick Giordano
Pencils:
Bob Kane (Detective #27 cover); Carmine Infantino (Detective #366 cover); Sheldon Moldoff (Detective #255 cover); Ed Hannigan (Batman #368 cover); Joe Kubert (Detective #348 cover); Neal Adams (Detective #403 & Batman #241 covers)
Inks:
Bob Kane (Detective #27 cover); Murphy Anderson (Detective #366 cover); Sheldon Moldoff (Detective #255 cover); Dick Giordano (Batman #368 cover); Joe Kubert (Detective #348 cover); Neal Adams (Detective #403 & Batman #241 covers)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Robin [Jason Todd]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Dick Giordano discusses his relationship with Batman and the process of choosing stories for this volume. Illustrated with cover reproductions.

Our Darkest Knight (Table of Contents)

foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Mike Gold
Pencils:
Frank Miller (Dark Knight #1 cover); Bob Kane (Batman #1 cover); Neal Adams (Batman #232 cover)
Inks:
Frank Miller (Dark Knight #1 cover); Bob Kane (Batman #1 cover); Jerry Robinson (Batman #1 cover); Neal Adams #232 cover)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Ra's al Ghul
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Mike Gold discusses picking the stories in this volume in more depth. Illustrated with cover reproductions.

[Batman Versus the Vampire, Part One] (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Bob Kane; Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Inks:
Bob Kane; Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
?
Editing:
Sheldon Moldoff

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Julie Madison; Dr. Trent; Monk
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Title from Table of Contents. Sheldon Moldoff not credited on item.

[Batman Versus the Vampire, Part Two] (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Bob Kane; Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Inks:
Bob Kane; Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
Sheldon Moldoff

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Julie Madison; Monk; Dala
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Title from Table of Contents. Sheldon Moldoff not credited on item.

[Dr. Hugo Strange and the Mutant Monsters] (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane
Inks:
Bob Kane; Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Colors:
Nansi Hoolahan
Letters:
Jerry Robinson

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Hugo Strange
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Title from Table of Contents. Jerry Robinson not credited on item.

Knights of Knavery (Table of Contents)

Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Cameron
Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Jerry Robinson
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
George Roussos

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Joker; Penguin
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Jerry Robinson credited with pencils and George Roussos with inks on item. No writing credit given on item.

[1001 Umbrellas of the Penguin] (Table of Contents)

Batman and Robin / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Alvin Schwartz
Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Penguin
Reprints:
  • from Batman and Robin Sunday (McClure Syndicate) 1946.02.10 - 1946.03.10

Indexer Notes

Title from Table of Contents. Writing uncredited on item.

The Origin of the Batman! (Table of Contents)

Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
Adrienne Roy
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Thomas Wayne; Martha Wayne; Joe Chill
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writing uncredited on item. Inking credited to Lou Schwartz on item.

The Birth of Batplane II! (Table of Contents)

Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
David Vern Reed
Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
Glenn Whitmore
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writing uncredited on item.

Operation "Escape"! (Table of Contents)

Robin, the Boy Wonder / comic story / 5.67 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jim Mooney
Inks:
Jim Mooney
Colors:
Shelly Eiber
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

["For the very best in comics reading"] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Win Mortimer (cover illustrations)
Inks:
Win Mortimer (cover illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Penguin

Indexer Notes

Faux ad in the classic DC style including small reproductions of the covers from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #120 (February 1947) and Batman (DC, 1940 series) #68 (December 1951-January 1952).

The Jungle Cat-Queen! (Table of Contents)

Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
Helen Vesik
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Catwoman
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writing not credited on item.

The First Batman (Table of Contents)

Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
Michele Wolfman
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Lew Moxon; Joey Chill
Synopsis:
Batman realizes that Joe Chill had been hired to kill his parents and that the real man responsible for his parents' deaths is still alive and free.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inks credited to Sheldon Moldoff and writing uncredited on item.

The Origin of the Superman-Batman Team (Table of Contents)

Superman and Batman and Robin / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Stan Kaye
Colors:
Daniel Vozzo
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writing uncredited on item.

Robin Dies at Dawn, Chapter 1 (Table of Contents)

Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder / comic story / 8.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
Carl Gafford
Letters:
Stan Starkman

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Writing uncredited on item.

["For the very best in comics reading"] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Curt Swan (cover illustrations)
Inks:
Stan Kaye (cover illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Thor

Indexer Notes

Faux ad in the classic DC style including small cover reproductions from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #265 (March 1959) and Batman (DC, 1940 series) #127 (October 1959).

Robin Dies at Dawn, Chapter 2 (Table of Contents)

Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
Carl Gafford
Letters:
Stan Starkman

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

["For the very best in comics reading"] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff (cover illustrations)
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff (cover illustrations)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Clayface [Matt Hagen]

Indexer Notes

Faux ad in the classic DC style includes small cover reproductions from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #284 (October 1960) and Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #298 (December 1961).

The Blockbuster Invasion of Gotham City! (Table of Contents)

Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder / comic story / 13.33 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
Joe Giella
Colors:
Helen Vesik
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Blockbuster
Reprints:

["For the very best in comics reading"] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Irv Novick (Detective cover illustration); Carmine Infantino (Batman cover illustration)
Inks:
Irv Novick (Detective cover illustration); Joe Giella (Batman cover illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]

Indexer Notes

Faux ad in the classic DC style including small cover reproductions from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #376 (June 1968) and Batman (DC, 1940 series) #183 (August 1966). At the bottom of page 8 of the previous sequence.

["For the very best in comics reading"] (Table of Contents)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino (cover illustrations)
Inks:
Joe Giella (Detective cover illustration); Mike Esposito (Batman cover illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Weather Wizard; Flash [Barry Allen]; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Catwoman [Selina Kyle]

Indexer Notes

Faux ad in the classic DC style including small cover reproductions from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #353 (July 1966) and Batman (DC, 1940 series) #197 (December 1967).

Ghost of the Killer Skies! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil
Pencils:
Neal Adams
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Tatjana Wood
Letters:
John Costanza

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Heinrich Franz; Enemy Ace
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Lettering not credited on item.

Half an Evil (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil
Pencils:
Neal Adams
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Gene D'Angelo
Letters:
?
Editing:
Julius Schwartz

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Two-Face; James Gordon; Arthur Reeves; Alfred Pennyworth
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

Man-Bat Over Vegas! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Robbins
Pencils:
Frank Robbins
Inks:
Frank Robbins
Colors:
Tatjana Wood
Letters:
?
Job Number:
S-1296

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Man-Bat; Francine Langstrom; Alfred Pennyworth
Reprints:

The Batman Nobody Knows! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Robbins
Pencils:
Dick Giordano
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
?
Job Number:
S-1473

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Deathmask! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Archie Goodwin
Pencils:
Jim Aparo
Inks:
Jim Aparo
Colors:
Petra Scotese
Letters:
Jim Aparo

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; James Gordon; Judd Thaxton; Austin Spires; Maxus Wingate
Reprints:

Death Flies the Haunted Skies (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script:
Archie Goodwin
Pencils:
Alex Toth
Inks:
Alex Toth
Colors:
Tom Ziuko
Letters:
Alex Toth

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil
Pencils:
Dick Giordano
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Julia Lacquement
Letters:
Ben Oda
Job Number:
S-2177

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Leslie Thompkins (introduction); Alfred Pennyworth; Thomas Wayne; Martha Wayne; Joe Chill
Reprints:

Death Strikes at Midnight and Three (Table of Contents)

Batman / text story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Denny O'Neil
Pencils:
Marshall Rogers
Inks:
Marshall Rogers
Colors:
Bill Wray
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

The Deadshot Ricochet (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script:
Steve Englehart
Pencils:
Marshall Rogers
Inks:
Terry Austin
Colors:
Julianna Ferriter
Letters:
Ben Oda

Genre:
superhero
Synopsis:
With Penguin's unwilling help, Deadshot escapes from prison and seeks revenge on Batman, but a giant typewriter proves his undoing.
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Bat-Mite's New York Adventure! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Rozakis
Pencils:
Michael Golden
Inks:
Bob Smith
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
Milt Snapinn

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

A Caper a Day Keeps the Batman at Bay! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 15 pages (report information)

Script:
Len Wein
Pencils:
Walt Simonson
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Petra Scotese
Letters:
Ben Oda

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Calendar Man; Two-Face (cameo); James Gordon; Dr. Douglas Dundee; Lucius Fox
Reprints:

To Kill a Legend (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 19 pages (report information)

Script:
Alan Brennert
Pencils:
Dick Giordano
Inks:
Dick Giordano
Colors:
Adrienne Roy
Letters:
John Costanza
Job Number:
J-6870

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

The Autobiography of Bruce Wayne! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

Script:
Alan Brennert
Pencils:
Joe Staton
Inks:
George Freeman
Colors:
Lovern Kindzierski
Letters:
John Costanza

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Endnotes (Table of Contents)

text article / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
Robert Greenberger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (Detective cover); Bernie Wrightson (Batman illustrations); Joe Staton (Catwoman illustration)
Inks:
Jerry Robinson (Detective cover); Bernie Wrightson (Batman illustrations); Bob Layton (Catwoman illustration)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Illustrated with the cover from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #38, and details from Swamp Thing (DC, 1972 series) #7 and DC Super Stars (DC, 1976 series) #17.

Creating the Greatest (Table of Contents)

text article / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Mark Waid
Pencils:
Jerry Robinson (Detective #74 cover); Jim Mooney (Batman #60 cover); Sheldon Moldoff (Detective #241 cover); Curt Swan (Detective #263 cover); Gil Kane (Batman #178 cover); Carmine Infantino (Detective #355 & Batman #195 covers); Irv Novick (Detective #379 cover); Neal Adams (Batman #227 cover); Bernie Wrightson (Batman #320 cover); Ed Hannigan (Batman #362 cover); Pat Broderick (Detective #551 cover); Klaus Janson (Detective #553 cover); Jim Starlin (Batman #402 cover); Kevin Nowlan (Batman #412 cover)
Inks:
Jerry Robinson (Detective #74 cover); Jim Mooney (Batman #60 cover); Sheldon Moldoff (Detective #241 cover); Stan Kaye (Detective #263 cover); Murphy Anderson (Batman #178 & 195 covers); Joe Giella (Detective #355 cover); Irv Novick (Detective #379 cover); Neal Adams (Batman #227 cover); Bernie Wrightson (Batman #320 cover); Dick Giordano (Batman #362 cover); Pat Broderick (Detective #551 cover); Klaus Janson (Detective #553 cover); Jim Starlin (Batman #402 cover); Kevin Nowlan (Batman #412 cover)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
biography

Indexer Notes

Biographies of the major creators featured in this volume, illustrated with cover reproductions from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #74 (April 1943), Batman (DC, 1940 series) #60 (August-September 1950), Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #241 (March 1957), Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #263 (January 1959), Batman (DC, 1940 series) #178 (February 1966), Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #355 (September 1966), Batman (DC, 1940 series) #195 (September 1967), Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #379 (September 1968), Batman (DC, 1940 series) #227 (December 1970), Batman (DC, 1940 series) #320 (February 1980), Batman (DC, 1940 series) #362 (August 1983), Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #551 (June 1985), Batman (DC, 1940 series) #402 (December 1986), Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #553 (August 1985), and Batman (DC, 1940 series) #412 (October 1987).

["A fiftieth anniversary celebration..."] (Table of Contents)

Batman / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Fred Ray
Inks:
Jerry Robinson
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Credited to Bob Kane on item.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman
  2. 1. [Blank Pages]
  3. 2. The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told
    Batman
  4. 3. [Credits]
  5. 4. ["To Bob Kane and Bill Finger..."]
  6. 5. Table of Contents
  7. 6. Growing Up with the Greatest
  8. 7. Our Darkest Knight
  9. 8. [Batman Versus the Vampire, Part One]
    Batman
  10. 9. [Batman Versus the Vampire, Part Two]
    Batman
  11. 10. [Dr. Hugo Strange and the Mutant Monsters]
    Batman
  12. 11. Knights of Knavery
    Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder
  13. 12. [1001 Umbrellas of the Penguin]
    Batman and Robin
  14. 13. The Origin of the Batman!
    Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder
  15. 14. The Birth of Batplane II!
    Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder
  16. 15. Operation "Escape"!
    Robin, the Boy Wonder
  17. 16. ["For the very best in comics reading"]
  18. 17. The Jungle Cat-Queen!
    Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder
  19. 18. The First Batman
    Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder
  20. 19. The Origin of the Superman-Batman Team
    Superman and Batman and Robin
  21. 20. Robin Dies at Dawn, Chapter 1
    Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder
  22. 21. ["For the very best in comics reading"]
  23. 22. Robin Dies at Dawn, Chapter 2
    Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder
  24. 23. ["For the very best in comics reading"]
  25. 24. The Blockbuster Invasion of Gotham City!
    Batman with Robin, the Boy Wonder
  26. 25. ["For the very best in comics reading"]
  27. 26. ["For the very best in comics reading"]
  28. 27. Ghost of the Killer Skies!
    Batman
  29. 28. Half an Evil
    Batman
  30. 29. Man-Bat Over Vegas!
    Batman
  31. 30. The Batman Nobody Knows!
    Batman
  32. 31. Deathmask!
    Batman
  33. 32. Death Flies the Haunted Skies
    Batman
  34. 33. There Is No Hope in Crime Alley!
    Batman
  35. 34. Death Strikes at Midnight and Three
    Batman
  36. 35. The Deadshot Ricochet
    Batman
  37. 36. Bat-Mite's New York Adventure!
    Batman
  38. 37. A Caper a Day Keeps the Batman at Bay!
    Batman
  39. 38. To Kill a Legend
    Batman
  40. 39. The Autobiography of Bruce Wayne!
    Batman
  41. 40. Endnotes
  42. 41. Creating the Greatest
  43. 42. ["A fiftieth anniversary celebration..."]
    Batman
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