This Christmas I received this 1982 paperback comic book (graphic novel, to use current terminology) of repurposed and redesigned Batman stories. I have always adored the cheap paperback collections of comics and comic strips. Always felt they provided that comforting experience one gets from curling up with a nice book. No preciousness of an "absolute" edition, no invitation to gape at the exquisite art and production values. Just come in and enjoy a good story.
I'm not sure why this format didn't catch on, though some may argue that manga filled that void with gusto. But I still long for the cheap entry format for a variety of story types and styles.
I guess digital is serving this need?
More on this book here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Untold_Legend_of_the_Batman
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