Comics Ate My Brain

June 12, 2008

Compare and contrast

Filed under: batman — Tom Bondurant @ 1:58 am
Having trouble uploading images to the Blog@Newsarama gallery, so here’s a little visual-aid supplement to tomorrow’s post.

Here’s page 234 of the 1976 Michael Fleisher Encyclopedia Of Comic Book Heroes Volume 1: Batman. Fleisher uses a lot of quotes and textual details in his articles.

Now, here’s page 194 of Bob Greenberger’s Essential Batman Encyclopedia, out this week.


Note that Greenberger covers the same subjects as Fleisher, includes more recent entries, and has reworked the “Joker” article to be more of an overview. It’s less detail-oriented, but reaches further.

I can’t count how many times I read Fleisher’s book as a kid, and I was very thankful to Teh EBay for my replacement copy (this was before DC reprinted it last year). However, Greenberger has done a really great job in his own right. Well worth your disposable income.

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3 Comments »

  1. Good to know! I have an old copy of the Fleisher book as well — and it was also one of my favorite books as a kid. I think I even had it memorized at one point. 🙂 It’s nice to know there’s a comparable update out there!

    Comment by Sea_of_Green — June 12, 2008 @ 12:44 pm

  2. I can’t seem to post at Newsarama, but I really enjoyed the article. And it is neat to compare the pages.Who do I request a Green Lantern (all of them) encyclopedia from?Cheers,B

    Comment by Brian — June 12, 2008 @ 5:30 pm

  3. Oh yeah, I have fond memories of the original book which I’ve since lost track of, I’m all over this one. These kinds of things are geek heaven to me.

    Comment by Nik — June 12, 2008 @ 11:56 pm


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