Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Volume I

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Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Volume I (1966-67/2014) Jiro Kuwata
DC Comics
All ages
Trade paperback, 352 pages
ISBN 9781401252779
$14.99

Kuwata’s version of Batman for Japanese manga audiences appeared at roughly the same time as the Batman television show in America and Japan (1966-67). Hints of the campy style of the TV show carry over into Kuwata’s work, but you won’t see any of Batman’s regular lineup of supervillains. Instead, Kuwata gives us Lord Death Man, Doctor Faceless, the Human Ball, Professor Gorilla, Go-Go the Magician, and “The Man Who Quit Being Human,” the story of a mutant.

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