FORGOTTEN BOOKS #409: Batman in The Brave & The Bold: The Bronze Age Omnibus Volume 1

At 904 pages, Batman in The Brave & The Bold: The Bronze Age Omnibus Volume 1 is a handful. But I loved reading these classic comic book adventures when I was a kid so it was worth the $46 (that’s the AMAZON price, retail price is $126!). If you’re a fan of Batman comics, you probably have this coffee table-sized book on order. There are hours of entailment between these covers. This volume also includes an informative foreword by Robert Greenberger which gives a nice contextual history of these adventures. This wonderful collection starts with issue #74 and runs straight through to issue #109 (Batman and The Demon). Batman teams up with Wonder Woman, Flash, Deadman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and the Teen Titans. And some of the best Bronze Age talent are here: Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, Bob Haney, Dick Giordano and Dennis O’Neil, The quality is high and it’s well worth the money. GRADE: A

19 thoughts on “FORGOTTEN BOOKS #409: Batman in The Brave & The Bold: The Bronze Age Omnibus Volume 1

  1. maggie mason

    My taste in comics ran more to the archie series. I also subscribed to Brenda Starr. I don’t think it lasted long. I kept them for a while, but like many things, they went away.

      1. george Post author

        Rick, I give a big bag of HERSEY’S KISSES to the Acquisition Librarian every Christmas. Maybe that has something to do with it.

  2. wolfi

    Again I have to confess that I never had any interest in Batman – couldn’t understand the fuss …

    Superman was so so at the beginning but I soon lost interest too – only real science fiction books and stories for me!


    I’ve written already that I started reading MAD in 1962 (you could get it at a bookstore near the university – like some of the magazines: F&SF, Analog) and before I bought anything or went to watch an American movie I looked at the MAD parody of it – and from that I could usually tell whether I would enjoy it …

    1. george Post author

      Wolf, strangely Batman has become one of the more complex and cryptic DC heroes. And, on the lighter side, BATMAN: THE LEGO MOVIE opens in a couple of weeks. You’ll be seeing a review of it on this blog soon.

      1. wolfi

        Maggie, I read that too when I was in the USA later (had my first business trip in 1984) but in Germany that was totally unknown/unavailable.

        I also remember finding the Onion and was surprised at its “strong” humour! 🙂

  3. Dan

    I’m sorry to nit-pick but:

    “There are hours of entailment between these covers.”
    –George Kelley
    “I don’t think that word means what you think it means.”
    –Inigo Montoya

  4. Bill

    This is historically important cuz the prototypical Dark Knight began in this series, not in Batman’s own book. Art God Neal Adams brought back the mysterioso, exaggerating the costume, drawing Batman at night, ignoring the scripted daytime scenes.


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