Every day at work, I read comics. I always have a trade or a hardcover in my desk. The book I just finished was a labor of love. It's this glorious book. Bronze Age Brave & Bold stories. This book absolutely brings me back to my childhood. Many of these books were published before I started reading comics, but comics were so cheap back then that I'd picked up a lot of back issues at garage sales and flea markets. As I got older, they got a little more expensive or were reprinted here and there. I've read all these stories before, but they're just as joyful and silly and fun a second, third, fourth or fifth time around. Even moreso today. They're all done in one stories, stripped of the darkness a modern day Batman book has. The guest stars run a wide gamut from Wonder Woman and Flash to Sgt. Rock and the Demon and many more.
This book clocks in at just under 900 pages, so it took me quite a while to read it at work. My lunch break is 30 minutes, so I was good to take in an issue or two at a time. In a way I didn't want it to end. It was so much fun to read. They label this as volume 1, so I hope DC plans a follow up volume. This ends at issue 109. Brave and the Bold ran through issue 200.
And with this, I'm officially caught up on my mini-blog posts on my backlogged reading!!
Batman: The Brave And The Bold - The Bronze Age Omnibus Vol. 1
Writer: Bob Haney, Mike Sekowsky, Dennis O'Neal, Marv Wolfman
Artist: Ross Andru, Mike Sekowsky, Bob Brown, Neil Adams, Irv Novick, Nick Cardy, Jim Aparo, Mike Esposito, Jack Abel, Dick Giordano, Joe Kubert, Frank McLaughlin