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Preview of Bat-Manga!

Graphic designer extraordinaire (and former guest blogger) Chip Kidd presents Bat-Manga!, the first collection of Japanese Batman comics anywhere in the world!

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.)

(And check out the interview with Chip Kidd!)

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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.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Portland Noir (Akashic Noir)
    Used Trade Paper $8.50
  2. Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of... New Trade Paper $29.95
  3. Bat-Manga! Signed 1st Edition New Hardcover $60.00

2 Responses to "Preview of Bat-Manga!"

    Meegoh July 26th, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Thanks for sharing. I love batman. I have been looking for this manga. If you have free time you can also visit my blog meegoh.

    Helium September 16th, 2010 at 2:01 am

    Lol i've never even heard of this, ima see if i can check it out somwhere lol. helium

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