Jump in the Batmobile and get ready for a wild ridethis is a complete and in-depth look at the development of America's most popular super hero. From his vigilante days to his television stardom, from Dark Knight to mentor, this memorabilia- and anecdote-packed collection follows the masked man on his crime-fighting career, and charts the history of the comics and movies that bear his name.How can one man be at times so vengeful, compassionate, determined, inspirational, and a true hero when he doesn't possess special powers? Over the decades since his first appearance in the 1939, Batman and his alter-ego Bruce Wayne have thrilled readers with their adventures, close calls, dramatic storylines, and even death! Ultimately, the history of Batman is the history of America from the twentieth century to today.With removable artifacts and never-before-seen sketches, notes, and plans,The Batman Vaultis the perfect gift for the genuine fan of all ages.
was given his first comic book at age six. Since then he’s been a passionate fan, and made a professional career out of comics. He has been a writer and editor at the major comic houses, and his adult nonfiction titles include The DC Comics Encyclopedia
and The Essential Batman Encyclopedia
. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut.
Matthew K. Manning can’t remember a day when he wasn’t writing and drawing comics. After attending the School of Visual Arts in New York City, he settled on writing. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and ten thousand DC Comic books.