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DC’s ‘Batman: A Celebration Of 75 Years’ Collection Actually Lives Up To Its Title [Review]

Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years, DC Comics

As much as I love Batman, and I think the record will show that I love Batman a whole heck of a lot, I haven't really been looking forward to sitting down and cracking open the new Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years hardcover. Last year's Superman anniversary hardcover was a disaster of revisionist history, 300 pages that would have you believe that one of the world's greatest superheroes did nothing for seven and a half decades but cry. With that in mind, I had no idea what DC Comics was going to do with Batman. If you'd asked me to bet on it, I would've put good money on a prediction that they'd craft a narrative that acknowledged Batman only as a scowling vigilante, consumed with vengeance and every bit as crazy as the villains he fought.

But it turns out I didn't have to worry. The Batman hardcover is exactly what it says it is -- a celebration of Batman across different eras, with a roster of stories that highlights one of the character's true strengths: How well he works across different kinds of stories.

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75 Years Later, Batman Co-Creator Bill Finger Gets A Cover Credit On ‘Detective Comics’ #27

Detective Comics #27 Special Edition, DC Comics

In case you don't mark your calendar solely by events related to Batman -- which is increasingly difficult since Year One was 22 years before Zero Year, with Zero Hour somewhere in between -- you might need a friendly reminder that DC has declared July 23 to be Batman Day, part of its celebration of 75 years of the Dark Knight. To mark the occasion, the publisher's putting out a free special edition of Detective Comics #27, containing material from both the 1939 original and the New 52 offering from earlier this year.

What makes this issue really significant, however, is that to my knowledge, it's the first time Batman's co-creator, Bill Finger, has received a cover credit for the original Batman story.

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Brad Meltzer Explains How He Assembled ‘Heroes for My Son’ [Interview]

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A new book by Brad Meltzer hits the stands today titled "Heroes For My Son," a new prose collection where Meltzer has put together stories about the heroes who best exemplify the values and choices he wants for his son. And despite Meltzer's work in the superhero genre on comics like "Identity Crisis" and a recent run on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," these are heroes of the real-life variety, ranging from Mr. Rogers and Jim Hen

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Novelists and Comics Creators Petition Brad Meltzer to Give Up Writing

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Novelist and comics writer Brad Meltzer ("Identity Crisis") has had his detractors over the years, and as the internet is the natural habitat of hateration, we've seen most of the criticisms about his work coming from message boards or bloggers -- but as would be expected, very little public vitriol from his fellow creators.

That all changed today, as we received a press release informing us that a formal

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A Slayer’s Superpower Shout-Outs: The Radtacular References of ‘Buffy’ #32

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There's a lot to like about this week's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" #32 and it has plenty to do with its title: "Buffy Has F#©$ing Superpowers."

Brad Meltzer and Georges Jeanty have a mastery of the book's cast and its never truer than when the Whedonisms start to soar as Buffy experiments with her newfound abilities at the behest of a very enthusiastic Xander.

Meltzer is def

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Turns Out President Obama Is A Vampire Slayer Named Twilight

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I'm a pretty casual Buffy fan. I watched the final season kind of in passing (but I did see it all, by golly), I admittedly didn't catch much of "Angel," and I've been a little behind on the trades from the latest Dark Horse comics

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Justice League of America #12 Goes Back to Press

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Press Release

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #12, the final issue of the new series written by bestselling author Brad Meltzer, has sold out and is going back to press for a new, second printing.

"Issue #12 seemed so far away when we first started talking about it," says Group

This Week’s New Releases and Recommendations

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Well, we're in week two of another five-Wednesday month which means that this month's releases are stretched a bit thin to account for the extra Wednesday. This amounts to just a couple of new books for me to recommend unreservedly this week, but there are a slew of new books on the racks, so your mileage may (happily) vary

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DC Group Therapy

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This afternoon I have a better grasp of what to expect at a DC panel. No slides or videos. No lengthy speeches. No making us listen to people talk before getting to the audience Q&A. Nothing fancy. After a short round of introductions we go right to what

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