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Kevin Sharp
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Posted: 18 December 2007 at 11:45am | IP Logged | 1  

Hi everyone,

Long time reader, first time writer. I'm looking for opinions on the series
of Adams Batman hardcovers. Reviews I've read mention that all the
stories have been recolored and some art even redrawn. I've never seen
an unsealed copy of these books, so I can't look firsthand.

Alternately, does anyone have suggestions on the best format for getting
the Adams stories? I have a few scattered back issues but would like to
get as close to complete as possible. Thanks!

p.s. For any grammarticians in the audience, I apologize for misusing
quotation marks in the topic line.

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Greg Woronchak
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Posted: 18 December 2007 at 11:50am | IP Logged | 2  

The recolored artwork looks really nice, but feels a bit 'out of place'.

I guess it's because I enjoy the original, murky printed artwork so much, the new clean lines and rendering seem a bit too far removed from the original source.

So, I'm a bit iffy on these HCs....

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Aric Shapiro
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Posted: 18 December 2007 at 11:54am | IP Logged | 3  

I love the stories collected and the ORIGINAL art.  I did not care for the touch ups nor for the new colors.  Neal redres some of the original art, and his newer style did not mesh well with his older stuff, so the book just didn't look right.  Plus, as I recall, only some of it was recolored and redone. 
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Paul Reis
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Posted: 18 December 2007 at 12:05pm | IP Logged | 4  

this is a "Neal Adams" book not an "archive" book - he wanted to do the touch ups, so you have to allow for that. like the others above, i was not overly impressed with the touch ups, but if your aim is to get ALL Neal Adams' Batman, this collects it all quite nicely at a decent price. if i remember correctly (i'm at work and can't check) about half of volume 1 was touched, the other half was not - volume 2 and 3 were. 
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 18 December 2007 at 12:24pm | IP Logged | 5  

I have vol 1 on order,if i like it i will be getting vols 2 and 3.I have loads on order,i bet they all come at once like busses!
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Joakim Jahlmar
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Posted: 18 December 2007 at 12:28pm | IP Logged | 6  

All in all, I must say that I'm very happy to have invested in all of the three hard cover volumes. Sure, the recolouring may not be everybody's cup of tea, but as stated, I don't think it's all of the material, and this is some amazing material collected in one place, whichever way one looks at it.
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Aric Shapiro
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If you do get the HCs, you might also enjoy the Deadman and Green Lantern/Green Arrow collections
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Posted: 18 December 2007 at 12:31pm | IP Logged | 8  

Titan Books in Britain re-printed almost all of the Neal Adams Batmans in Black & White and they are really great!

I have all of the original Adams Batman comics and I have the new re-colored books.... There really is no other way to get EVERYTHING he did on Batman outside of these books and the colors I feel are hit and miss... At times very cool but more often than not they are over-powering on the artwork. The touch-ups he did are only really noticeable on the BookN'Record reprints and in those instances I think they dont' look good at all.

But for the money they are the best way to get his run on the character... The original comics in my opinion are the best versions but they now cost a small fortune to get...
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Glenn Greenberg
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Posted: 18 December 2007 at 12:50pm | IP Logged | 9  

I would have preferred DC going the "Archives" route with the Neal Adams
stuff and reprint them as close to the original versions as possible.

But to have all the Adams stuff together in bound volumes was something
I just could not pass up.

That said, I have all but one of the issues of BATMAN that Adams
penciled. I have:

The first Ra's Al Ghul stories
"Half An Evil"
"The Joker's Five-Way Revenge"
"The Bruce Wayne Murder Case"
"Night of the Reaper"
"Moon of the Wolf" (written by Len Wein, and the last story that Neal
would draw for the regular BATMAN comic series)

And I have "The House That Haunted Batman" from DETECTIVE COMICS
#408, written by a young Len Wein and Marv Wolfman
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Joakim Jahlmar
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I'll second Ari's vote for the Green Lantern/Green Arrow TPBs and the Deadman HC. Haven't had time to read the Deadman volume yet, but it looks VERY nice. And I loved the GL/GA TPBs.
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Posted: 18 December 2007 at 1:12pm | IP Logged | 11  

Joakim said: I don't think it's all of the material

Glenn said: I have all but one of the issues of BATMAN that Adams
penciled

i had always thought these 3 volumes did collect ALL - does anyone know of any Neal Adams' Batman that is missing?

 

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Pat Ditton
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You can also by SIGNED and SKETCH editions thru Neal's coninuity web-site.

 

 

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