Bat-Manga The Secret History of Batman in Japan SC (2008 Pantheon) comic books
1st printing. Edited by Chip Kidd. Translated by Anne Ishii. In 1966, during the height of the first Batman craze, a weekly Japanese manga anthology for boys, Shonen King, licensed the rights to commission its own Batman and Robin stories. A year later, the stories stopped. Now, in this gorgeously produced book, hundreds of pages of Batman-manga comics more than four decades old are translated for the first time, appearing alongside stunning photographs of the world's most comprehensive collection of vintage Japanese Batman toys. This is the Dynamic Duo as you've never seen them: with a distinctly Japanese, atomic-age twist as they battle aliens, mutated dinosaurs, and villains who won't stay dead! Softcover, 8 1/2-in. x 11-in., PC. NOTE: This is a Japanese manga-style GN and is meant to be read right-to-left. Cover price $29.95.