Some Of The Tales Of The Batman: Carmine Infantino

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DC Comics recently published Tales Of The Batman: Carmine Infantino collecting the stories that turned Batman away from his more campy side and in the direction of the Batman of today. But are the choice of issues all they're cracked up to be? The solicitation reads,

The "new look" Batman made his debut in 1964, and featured artwork by Carmine Infantino's powerful design sense in these stories from 21 issues of DETECTIVE COMICS, plus THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #172, 183, 190 and 194, DC COMICS PRESENTS: BATMAN #1 and more!

But the comments are in no doubt regarding what they expected,

James Looman "jayrel" As nice as this book looks with the slick interior pages and showcasing Infantio's cover art for Batman in the 1960's, I can only give it 3 stars. Whoever compiled this volume left out Brave and the Bold 67 and Detective 355, both cover dated Sep 1966. Where is the quality control at DC?

With other responses.

DC should let the online fan community assemble their collections. The people doing it these last several years obviously are not knowledgeable comics fans.

Will DC Comics do a fix on this?

And,

Detective 355 was a typical Broome-Infantano Batman story, "Hate of the Hooded Hangman", and Brave and the Bold 67 was an early (the first?) Batman-Flash team-up entitled "The Death of the Flash". Both are essential for this book to be what it is supposed to be.

There will never be a second volume because the rest of the stories are already collected here, so they cannot fix it by adding the missing issues into a future volume like they did with the New Teen Titans omnibus volumes. The only way to fix this is to do a second printing and exchange copies.

Bleeding Cool's Nikolai Fomich adds,

Additionally, the collection doesn't feature either of the Batman Kellog's Specials Infantino did.

Just let the good people at the MarvelMasterworks.com Message Board at it. Some of them have even previously worked in DC editorial…

As ever, caveat emptor

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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