Randlecourt Printers

Sep 1, 2019

Surely this company (with its address of Melton Rd Thurmaston Leicester England) must be connected in some way with Thorpe and Porter. The two published “albums” both contain black and white reprints of Batman stories originally published between 1955 and 1965. I guess the books appeared here in the UK sometime circa 1966 to cash in on the Batcraze that happened once the TV show was introduced.

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Perhaps the original cover artwork wasn’t available as these books use the splash page artwork of the first stories for the book covers (with changes to the positions of word balloons). No one seems to have researched what the correct colours for Batman and Robin’s uniforms ought to be though. It annoyed me when I bought these books in 1966 and still annoys me now.


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Detective Comics 1000

May 1, 2019

We got there in the end. Despite supposedly finishing at issue No 881 in October 2011 I’ve finally got a copy of Detective Comics No 1000 in my hands. As usual it’s been issued with multiple (far too many) variant covers. Detective Comics No 1 appeared cover dated March 1937 although Batman’s first appearance within its pages was No 27 cover dated May 1939. Action Comics No 1 (featuring Superman) was cover dated  June 1938 and yet it still reached issue 1000 almost a year before Detective Comics did. Welcome to the wacky world of comics.

I just wish the contents were more like this particular “homage to the 1950s” variant cover.

The Death of Batman

Jul 1, 2017

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R.I.P William West Anderson   19/09/1928 – 09/06/2017

Nuff Said 66

May 1, 2017

I’ve just had to check the date. Is it May 1st or is it still April 1st? It’s bad enough that the once-mighty Adam Strange has recently been teamed with Johnny Quest and gang. But a team-up between Batman and Top Cat (?!?) is just too much. It’s not Brave and it’s not Bold. It’s not big and it’s not clever. It’s just silly.

Batman paperbacks

Sep 1, 2016

Batman Front

Before the advent of the TV series, Batman books were few and far between. The Atlas annuals weren’t very easy to locate. Once Batmania took hold Batmerchandise was everywhere. The first Batman paperbacks I saw were these from 1966 which featured a handful of fun late 1940s/early 1950s stories at one or two panels per page.

Batman Back

Joker Front

There was another New English Library/4 square Batman paperback at the time featuring The Penguin along with a novel entitled “The three villains of Doom”.

Joker Back

These English paperbacks had front covers that were slightly different to the American versions upon which they were based.

Signet Joker

Dinasaur?

Aug 1, 2015

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How do you spell Dinosaur? Yes, I thought so. Back in 1958 DC comics evidently didn’t proofread the covers.

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But they got it right inside on the splash page.

Detective

When Atlas produced their second Batman Annual at least they got the cover spelling of “dinosaur” right. But then they go and change the word “death” into “mystery”. When DC comics got round to re-printing this same story (in Batman Annual 6) they too corrected the spelling and this time changed the title to “Doom in Dinosaur Hall”. Evidentally “Death” was no longer allowed.

Mystery of Dinosaur Hall

It’s interesting to note that the first DC comics Batman Annual came out in the summer of 1961. Our first (1960) Atlas Batman Annual would have appeared in the autumn of 1959 beating them by more than 18 months. Of course Atlas had already been producing Superman Annuals for years.

Batman Annual 1960-1961 Atlas UK

Batman Annual 1960-1961 Atlas UK

Nuff Said 48

Nov 1, 2014

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