Originally published in 1966, at the height of the first worldwide Batman craze, and written and illustrated by manga legend Jiro Kuwata, these adventures were never collected in Japan, and had never been translated into English.
More than just an object of historical curiosity, Bat-Manga! is deliriously entertaining — not only more fun and hyperkinetic (and, well, kind of insane) than the American comics of the time, but even more enjoyable than most superhero comics being published today!
Don't take my word for it — check out this six-page preview of the first "Lord Death Man" comic! Keep in mind that this is Japanese manga, so you read the pages from right to left. If you get lost, just follow the numbers on the panels.
(Click on the thumbnails below for larger images.)
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Chris Bolton co-created the all-ages webcomic Smash, which will soon be published by Candlewick Press, and created the comedy series Wage Slaves. His short story "The Red Room" was published in Portland Noir from Akashic Books.
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