The ultimate guide to the man behind the mask . . . and the mythology behind the man.
"Criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot. So my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible. . . . I shall become a bat " So declared millionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne, orphaned as a boy by a murderous thug and driven as a man to battle the scourge of crime by becoming Batman. Batman swooped into popular culture in 1939-and for nearly seventy years has thrilled audiences in countless comics, live-action and animated television programs, and seven feature films. Prowling the darkened rooftops of Gotham City, roaring through the teeming streets in the sleek, high-powered Batmobile, and leaping into action when the iconic Bat-Signal pierces the night sky, the Caped Crusader is a larger-than-life legend. And now, for the first time in more than thirty years, everything there is to know about Batman-from the beginning to the present, and from A to Z-is collected in one comprehensive new sourcebook. More than 500 pages of entries and illustrations include:
- fascinating details and the complete background on Batman's origins
- biographies of every major character in the Batman universe-including his closest allies, from Robin the Boy Wonder and faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth to Commissioner Gordon; and his countless enemies, from the Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, and the Riddler to Scarecrow, Two-Face, Ra's al Ghul and Poison Ivy
- classic black-and-white comic book artwork throughout
- two sixteen-page full-color artwork inserts
Even an all-access pass to the Batcave couldn't rival former DC Comics editor and Batman scholar extraordinaire Robert Greenberger's exhaustive ultimate archive. The Essential Batman Encyclopedia is a must for every Batman fan's bookshelf.
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About the Author
Robert Greenberger began his career at Starlog Press. He then joined DC Comics as an assistant editor, and eventually became Manager of Editorial Operations. In 2000, Bob became a Producer at Gist Communications, but then returned to comics in 2001 as Marvel's Director of Publishing Operations. In 2002, he went back to DC Comics as a Senior Editor in its collected editions department. Bob joined Weekly World News as Managing Editor until its end in 2007. Since then, he has been a fulltime freelance writer and editor. Bob has written numerous Star Trek novels and many short works of fiction, including last year's The Essential Batman Encyclopedia, and his new book Batman Vault will be published in the near future. Bob lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife Deb and their dog Dixie.
Bob and Trish Kane first developed an interest in covered bridges in 1991 while vacationing in Vermont. Bob enjoys studying their architecture and trusses, while Trish enjoys photographing and researching them. Together, they worked to get 9 of the 13 covered bridges in New York State that qualified listed in the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Trish serves as the collections curator for the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Resource Center, with much assistance from Bob.