Saturday, October 29, 2011

Batman: Year One

The other day I watched the fantastic animated adaptation of Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's seminal 1980's mini-series Batman: Year One. They captured the flavor of the book perfectly and it was almost identical to the actual comics. I really, really liked it. It made me want to dig out the comics. For some reason, I didn't buy the original issues when they came out. I think it was because they came out in the 2-3 period after Crisis On Infinite Earths when I stopped reading comics (I refer to them as the dark years). In 1989, I picked up a beautiful hardback book collecting Year One plus other Miller Batman classics like The Dark Knight Returns, Wanted: Santa Claus Dead Or Alive, and The Mark Of Batman. I reread these stories and was struck once again by how innovative and unique they were.
I was lucky enough to meet David Mazzucchelli at a convention in New York City in 2002 and told him how much I liked Year One and he was kind enough to do a quick sketch of the Dark Knight for me.
I really hope Warner Brothers Animation and DC continue to put out these great animated movies. They're turning out to be a lot better than the live action stuff they've put out in recent years.

2 comments:

Kid said...

I'm lucky enough to have this volume, as well as the hardback edition of 'Year One' on its own - plus the original comics.

Longmeadow Press (The publishers of the above collection featured in your post) also released a companion volume to it, entitled 'Stacked Deck', which was an expanded edition of 'The Greatest Loker Stories Ever Told'. It was bound in a similar manner, except the cover was purple.

Both of them look very nice on my bookshelf and are worthy additions to any collection.

vollsticks said...

Worth a few bob now, too!