Monday, December 22, 2008

Batman: The Black Casebook TP to Feature "The Batman Creature"

Collected Editions has listings for all of DC's trade paperback collections for the first quarter of 2009, and as I've been hoping/expecting, a Batman: The Black Casebook trade is in the wings, reprinting stories referenced in Grant Morrison's recent Batman run. Collected Editions details the contents of Batman: The Black Casebook as follows:

Collects: Stories from BATMAN #113, 134, 156 and 162, DETECTIVE COMICS #215, 235 and 267 and WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #89
$17.99 US, 144 pages

- Batman #113 is the story "Batman: The Superman of Planet X," which features the alien Zur En Arrh; Batman #134 is either the story "The Rainbow Creature," "Batman's Secret Enemy," or "The Deadly Dummy"; Batman #156 is "Robin Dies at Dawn"; Batman #162 has Batman turning into the King Kong-like "Batman Creature"; Detective Comics #215 features "The Batmen of All Nations" also seen in Batman: The Black Casebook; Detective Comics #235 tells of "The First Batman," Thomas Wayne; Detective Comics #267 is the first appearance of Bat-Mite; and World's Finest Comics #89 also features the Batmen of All Nations. I can't tell you how excited I am about this trade; the best thing about writer's reinterpreting old stories are these collections where we can cite the original source material.
All of these stories have been referenced in recent issues of BATMAN, all but that Batman Creature story, that is. Long-long-longtime readers will recall that I covered the saga of the Batman creature in loving detail way back in 2006, then later trumpeted Morrison's introduction of the Black Casebook into continuity as proof positive of the Batman Creature's having "happened" in continuity. Who knew that in 2009 the "real" Black Casebook would include, out of all possible wacky-ass 1950's Batman stories, "The Batman Creature" in its lurid pages? Maybe someone out there was paying attention. Needless to say, Batman: The Black Casebook would have been be a "must buy", but I especially recommend it now. Next stop: The Batman Creature 64-page hardcover Graphic Novel by Morrison and Quitely!


Jason said...

That is so awesome. I've been hoping for this trade to happen for a long time. Though I wonder if the Batman Creature reference was the monstrous "other Batman" that was being fed prostitutes by the other evil Batmen that were patrolling Gotham during Morrison's run.

Brian Hughes said...

Mmmmaybe? That was the second of three Batman-Substitute-Cops-Gone-Wild though, one designed to look like Bane and appeal to Batman's fears, not a case of Batman himself becoming a creature.

Grebo said...

Now I want a Batwoman Creature, a Robin Creature, and a Batgirl Creature. Oh! And a BATMITE Creature!!!

billso said...

LOL! No one can tame the Batman Creature... except sagging pre-Silver Age sales figures.

collectededitions said...

Can't wait for this collection ... I'm glad that DC's honoring the way Morrison, Meltzer, and others "reclaim" DC's Golden and Silver Age stories with collections like this. Here's to plenty more!