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Sunday, March 12, 2023 

A history book about Batman written by a most pretentious person

IGN wrote about a history book titled Batman: The Definitive History, which chronicles all the comics and movies, among other related products, about the Masked Manhunter:
Batman: The Definitive History, if I may abridge the title, is a full-color doorstopper of a book that clocks in at 440 pages. It offers a deeply researched, definitive history of Bruce Wayne's alter ego from his debut in Detective Comics in 1939 all the way to the present.

Written by Cartoon Art Museum curator Andrew Farago and media reporter Gina McIntyre, this hefty tome (it weighs 7.5 pounds) dives into pretty much everything you'd want to know about Batman through the years.
Farago, unfortunately, is a leftist who's been opposed to Comicsgate, as he made clear 5 years ago: I think he knows perfectly well that's hardly the case for years, and Marvel set the tone in the early 2010s for tasteless left-wing propaganda. And a real shame he had to make enemies with some indie writers over peanuts. As a result of his contempt for dissenters with Joe Quesada and Dan DiDio's conduct at Marvel/DC, how can anybody who knows what Farago's attitude is like feel encouraged to check out his book?

In any event, one could argue this history book's another example of too much attention lavished on the Masked Manhunter, while a lot of other DC cast members get overlooked, no matter how much potential they had up to the turn of the century. Come to think of it, that's exactly why one must wonder why no major history books have been published with a spotlight on indie comics. There's a lot of mileage that could be found in those, and Farago must be so biased in favor of the mainstream, he couldn't bring himself to try that out instead, because then, he'd probably have to give attention to Comicsgate. Too bad.

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