Hands On: BATMAN WITH ROBIN: THE SILVER AGE DAILIES AND SUNDAYS VOL 1

IDW is making it easy to revisit the 60s with Batman.

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Spotlight on: BATMAN: THE SILVER AGE DAILIES AND SUNDAYS Vol 1

Check out this book that you'll want to get your hands on.

IDW has done it again. As part of their Library of American Comics series, they've released some classic Batman and Robin daily strips. Last month saw the release of BATMAN WITH ROBIN: THE SILVER AGE DAILIES AND SUNDAYS Vol. 1 1966-1967.

Featuring 280 pages, this hardcover is a glorious tribute to the classic Batman newspaper strips. The dimensions are 1.2 x 11 x 8.8 inches and this release gives you a great look at the strips. Comics had a different feel during this period and it's always a trip to be able to read these stories. In this format, you get a nice crisp and clear look at the strips.

The book has a really nice presentation. If you've already watched the video at the top of the page, you have a good idea what you can expect. Even taking a look at the back lets you know who's inside.

It's not just newspaper clips inside. There's actually a decent amount of history of times. Today, we simply accept Batman's popularity and his place in everything. It's fascinating to get some insight into this particular time period. Before we jump into the actual comic strips, we get some History of the newspaper strip by Joe Desris.

There are also some cool pics and sketches from the time period as well. It's a really cool read.

The book then shifts into some full-color Sunday strips. The book reprints the strips from May 29, 1966 through December 18, 1966. As you can imagine, we get some pretty crazy stories.

The book then shifts into reprinting the daily strips beginning on May 30, 1966. These featured an ongoing story but were separate from the stories in the Sunday strips, hence the decision to print them in this fashion. On December 19, 1966, the daily and Sunday strips were merged together.

It's not just Batman and Robin featured. You can obviously expect their rogues gallery to appear, such as Penguin, Joker, and Catwoman. We also see appearances by Superman and Batgirl.

The book retails for $49.99. You might be able to find it cheaper at certain outlets. It's definitely worth it. The stories may have a dated feel because of the time period but it's like you're being transported back. These stories are a blast to read. Do yourself a favor and check it out. It makes a great gift for you or the big Batman fan in your life.

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Posted by pikahyper

Nice, any chance you can scan the back cover to add to the wiki page? :D

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Posted by iceslick

@g_man: Hey, Tony I hope you are aware of this typo you made, "The book then shifts into reprinting the daily strips beginning on May 30, 1099." - I don't think even Batman comics existed in that time, lol. I'm pretty sure you meant 1999, it happens.

This is once again pretty cool to check though, I love that this one is sized in newspaper form as well. I hope I will get this one someday, so far I have only gotten the Spider-Man and Superman ones and those are pretty funny too.

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Posted by mak13131313

Seeing how my first comment was erased for some reason I'll say it again, pretty cool. I'm definitely going to get this.

Posted by zombietag

why is this IDW instead of DC?

Edited by G-Man

@mak13131313: The video accidentally went up before this article. That's why it disappeared. It's still attached but it's sorta hidden now.

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Posted by G-Man

@zombietag: IDW has a series of these types of books. They do a great job on them.

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Edited by DonFelipe
@zombietag said:

why is this IDW instead of DC?

Technically it's both IDW and DC. I guess DC holds the rights for all the characters but IDW has bought the license to reprint and distribute these Batman strips (in this type of format; hard cover).

It's always nice to get these old stories collected and reprinted in better quality and like G-Man said it makes for a great gift for your friends and loved ones. I'm definitely getting a copy for myself.

Posted by RustyRoy

Looks cool.

Posted by pikahyper

@zombietag said:

why is this IDW instead of DC?

Technically it's both IDW and DC. I guess DC holds the rights for all the characters but IDW has bought the license to reprint and distribute these Batman strips (in this type of format; hard cover).

It's always nice to get these old stories collected and reprinted in better quality and like G-Man said it makes for a great gift for your friends and loved ones. I'm definitely getting a copy for myself.

DC seems to be anti-old comics these days, they probably didn't foresee much of a profit from printing the strips themselves (getting originals, restoring and finding printers for the odd print size) and IDW probably offered them enough to forget about the hassle. IDW has been doing a fantastic job of restoring these old comics for a new audience, Dark Horse used to be the go to for restored comics but lately IDW, Hermes and Papercutz have been doing a better job of it.

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Posted by Nahuel

This looks fantastic!

Definitely gonna get it and someday I'm gonna read it to my child(s)!

Posted by wundagoreborn

SO MUCH WANT

Edited by kaiklown

Meh already have most of Silver age comics