For the first time, after 80 dark yet wonderful years, Batman: The War Years 1939-1945 tells all of The Dark Knight’s compelling stories about Robin and his involvement in World War II. Batman's villains have always been sinister, and these are his origins in fighting villains real and fiction.
Through countless comic book issues, television series, and award winning movies, Batman has been a symbol of strength and perseverance. He was created in 1939, on the brink of World War II, at a volatile time when the world needed a hero most. Who better to come to the rescue than the Caped Crusader? The poor, little, rich boy. orphaned in a late-night robbery grew up to be one of the greatest super-heroes in the DC Universe. From that inspirational moment when a bat flies through the window and inspired an adult Bruce Wayne with a name and a motif, the world changed for the better. All of these are wonderful elements in a timeless tale. By early 1940, both Batman and Robin were up and running in no less than two hit comic books. Bob Kane hired a teenager that he happened to meet—Jerry Robinson—to help him churn out what looked like a nice long run of Batman stories. A run that has continued, uninterrupted, to today.
As the Second World War loomed ever larger on the horizon, Batman was about to become big business, comic-book style. These original stories show Batman and Robin in all of their original glory and allow the reader to relive the Golden Age of Comics. Follow their pilot plots such as the following:
- The Strange Case of the Diabolical Puppet Master
- The Strange Case of Professor Radium
- The Case of the Laughing Death
- Harlequin Hoax
- Scarecrow Returns
- The Man with the Camera Eyes
- Crime Clinic
- Batman Bond Advertisements
- Atlantis Goes to War
- Blitzkrieg Bandits
- and more!
Roy Thomas has been a comics writer since 1965, mostly for Marvel or DC. Among the thousands of comic books he has written are Conan the Barbarian, The Avengers, The X-Men, Fantastic Four, All-Star Squadron, Sub-Mariner, The Invaders, Dr. Strange, Red Sonja, Wonder Woman, and The Savage Sword of Conan.
Brush up on the history of the world's favorite billionaire vigilante, Batman, with Batman the War Years. Part of The DC Comics War Years trilogy that celebrates the Golden Age of heroes.