(1988 [August 1989])

DC, 1989 Series
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Price
15.95 USD; 20.95 CAD
Pages
356
On-sale date
1989-06-29
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC [bullet]
ISBN
0-930289-39-0; 978-0-930289-39-3 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
Paper Stock
cardstock cover
Binding
softcover
Publishing Format
collected editions

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: 1)

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: 2)

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

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero

Indexer Notes

Title page.

[Credits] (Table of Contents: 3)

credits, title page / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Credits and indicia.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
To Bob Kane and Bill Finger...
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Dedication page

Table of Contents (Table of Contents: 5)

table of contents / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Growing Up with the Greatest (Table of Contents: 6)

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: 7)

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: 8)

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: 9)

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: 10)

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: 11)

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

Script
Don C. 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: 12)

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: 13)

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: 14)

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: 15)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

The Jungle Cat-Queen! (Table of Contents: 17)

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: 18)

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.
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Indexer Notes

Inks credited to Sheldon Moldoff and writing uncredited on item.

The Origin of the Superman-Batman Team (Table of Contents: 19)

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: 20)

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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

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

Robin Dies at Dawn, Chapter 2 (Table of Contents: 22)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 23) (Expand) /

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

The Blockbuster Invasion of Gotham City! (Table of Contents: 24)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 25) (Expand) /

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Ghost of the Killer Skies! (Table of Contents: 27)

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: 28)

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: 29)

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
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The Batman Nobody Knows! (Table of Contents: 30)

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
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Deathmask! (Table of Contents: 31)

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: 32)

Batman / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
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There Is No Hope in Crime Alley! (Table of Contents: 33)

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: 34)

Batman / text story / 15 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
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The Deadshot Ricochet (Table of Contents: 35)

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: 36)

Batman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
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A Caper a Day Keeps the Batman at Bay! (Table of Contents: 37)

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: 38)

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
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The Autobiography of Bruce Wayne! (Table of Contents: 39)

Batman / comic story / 23 pages (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
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Endnotes (Table of Contents: 40)

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: 41)

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).

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 42)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A fiftieth anniversary celebration...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Back cover. Credited to Bob Kane on item.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
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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