Bat-Manga! Cover


The Secret History of Batman in Japan

By Chip Kidd; Geoff Spear; Saul Ferris

Pantheon Books, Paperback, 9780375714849, 352pp.

Publication Date: October 28, 2008

The two hottest genres in comics gleefully collide head-on, as the most beloved American superhero gets the coolest Japanese manga makeover ever.
In 1966, during the height of the first Batman craze, a weekly Japanese manga anthology for boys, "Shonen King," licensed the rights to commission its own Batman and Robin stories. A year later, the stories stopped. They were never collected in Japan, and never translated into English. Now, in this gorgeously produced book, hundreds of pages of Batman-manga comics more than four decades old are translated for the first time, appearing alongside stunning photographs of the world's most comprehensive collection of vintage Japanese Batman toys.
This is The Dynamic Duo as you ve never seen them: with a distinctly Japanese, atomic-age twist as they battle aliens, mutated dinosaurs, and villains who won t stay dead. And as a bonus: Jiro Kuwata, the manga master who originally wrote and drew this material, has given an exclusive interview for our book.
More than just a dazzling novelty, "Bat-Manga " is an invaluable, long-lost chapter in the history of one of the most beloved and timeless figures in comics.

About the Author
Chip Kidd is a graphic designer and writer in New York City. His two previous books about comics for Pantheon were "Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz "and "Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross. "Both won the Eisner Award and were national bestsellers.

Geoff Spear is a photographer, living and working in lower Manhattan. For over two decades he has shot hundreds of images for a wide range of book covers, by such authors as Haruki Murakami, John Burdett, Augusten Burroughs, Oliver Sacks and Daniel Gilbert, among many others.

Saul Ferris is a founding partner in the law office of Ferris, Thompson and Zweig, in Gurnee, Illinois. During the last twenty years, he has amassed the most comprehensive collection of vintage Japanese Batman toys and memorabilia in the world.