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 Posted: Wed Jan 4th, 2017 08:55 am
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Once again, my sister asked me to communicate with my "contacts." 
It is another question about comic books.  This is something that I know very little about. 
My sister is looking for a birthday present for her husband.  She is looking for a "hard cover" book which has Batman stories from the 1970's.  
I did a quick search on Amazon and I think I understand the timeline somewhat.  There is a Gold, Silver and Bronze category for Batman cartoons. I think the Bronze may be what she is looking for because this seems to take in some of the late 1960's and early 1970's, but I am thinking she was looking for something from early to mid 1970's based on his age.  
Do they have hard cover books like that available?  He told her there was one he was looking at online.   I think the focus would be Batman from the 1970's. 
Can anybody out there put these clues together and come up with an answer if there is even such a book? 

A couple of you all helped last time, so I am going to throw this out there. 



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https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/156389565X?vs=1

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Well, that looks like it may be it. Reviews are a little shaky. I never knew there were so many actual books out there based on comic characters. Yikes!



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https://www.amazon.com/Batman-Adams-Omnibus-Denny-ONeil/dp/1401255515/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483534849&sr=1-6&keywords=batman+omnibus

This one is a little pricey, but a great collection of Neal Adams work from the 1970s.



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Can't go wrong with Adams.

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Thanks for the input. Oh, she would drop a hundred on him easy. They are both nuts. They drive each other crazy.



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That's a great book. Beautiful binding and nice quality paper. He'll love it.



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just some info for you.
The Golden age is from 1938-1955
The Silver age is from 1956-1969 (10 and 12 cent comic books)
The Bronze age is from 1970 to 1983

I love the art work in the silver age. I would have bought a nice copy of Batman/Detective comics/World Finest and frame it.



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The only thing I've had trouble with in the past when going back to try to read some of the silver age comics (both Marvel and DC) is that the dialogue and storylines sometimes are a bit lacking. I grew up on JLA Bronze Age though, more of a DC guy than Marvel.



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I'd put the Bronze age ending a bit later than 1983, say 1986 or so. That's when the stories got very dark and the classic comic book art fell away in favor of highly stylized art. From 1986 or so onward, any pretense that comics were for kids ended. It's also when the gimmicky stuff began with special covers and new series with issue #1s to cater to would be investors kicked in.

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tamalie wrote: I'd put the Bronze age ending a bit later than 1983, say 1986 or so. That's when the stories got very dark and the classic comic book art fell away in favor of highly stylized art. From 1986 or so onward, any pretense that comics were for kids ended. It's also when the gimmicky stuff began with special covers and new series with issue #1s to cater to would be investors kicked in.
For years they called end of Bronze as about 1976, when direct sales was new, then at 1979.
Now it seems they draw the line of the start of the "modern age" at 1986ish, as you say - Secret Wars for Marvel and the post-Crisis DC/Superman Byrne relaunch for DC.

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brodiescomics wrote: https://www.amazon.com/Batman-Adams-Omnibus-Denny-ONeil/dp/1401255515/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1483534849&sr=1-6&keywords=batman+omnibus

This one is a little pricey, but a great collection of Neal Adams work from the 1970s.
Is Adam still around?  I quit collecting almost 33 years ago.  I still have a ton of comics from that era.  Luckily, I have taken care of them.  The most expensive ones have backings and they are all in protective covering.  I was fortunate to have my friend hold them for me when I was in the service.  Unfortunately, I left some baseball cards of nice value at home.  Those were sold while I was away.  

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"The Greatest Batman Stories Every Told" was published around 1989 and features a buncha' stuff from 1939 to the mid-80's. Basically, Batman pre-Dark Knight revamp.

https://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Batman-Stories-Ever-Told/dp/0446391239/

Fairly cheap, too. Only a few 70's stories in there, but it'd be a good companion piece to the others listed above. I think there's a hardback version out there.

If you want total 70's Bat-cheese, then there's the "Brave & The Bold Omnibus":
https://www.amazon.com/Batman-Brave-Bold-Bronze-Omnibus/dp/1401267181/

I caution this one, because it's sort of its own little world in regards to the character of Batman. Some things don't vibe with what Batman was doing in his other titles at the time. Yet I think these stories are fun because they're all Batman team-ups, usually self-contained one-issue stories, and sorta' similar to the 70's "SuperFriends" shorts.



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the squared circle wrote: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/156389565X?vs=1
I have this book (above linked) and recommend it. Color and good paper at a reasonable price. That entire series of Batman/Superman/etc in the 50s/60s/70s are good for a basic nice read.
Omnibus books are really nice but are your highest level of prestige format, if that is what the reader prefers.

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I saw several references to the Batman Bronze era being in the late 1960's???



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