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O’Neil, Dennis and Leah Wilson, eds. Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, jokers, and heroes in gotham city. Smart Pop. Dallas: Benbella Books, 2008. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 1933771305
BibTeX citation key: ONeil2008a
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Categories: General
Keywords: "Batman", Collection of essays, Superhero, USA
Creators: O’Neil, Wilson
Publisher: Benbella Books (Dallas)
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Batman Unauthorized explores Batman’s motivations and actions, as well as those of his foes. Batman is a creature of the night, more about vengeance than justice, more plagued by doubts than full of self-assurance, and more darkness than light. He has no superpowers, just skill, drive and a really well-made suit.
One of the most recognized superheroes ever created, Batman has survived through campy TV shows and films, through actors such as Adam West, Michael Keaton and Christian Bale. Batman Unauthorized: Vigilantes, Jokers, and Heroes in Gotham City covers expansive territory ranging from the silly to the solemn. Why is the Joker so good at pushing Batman’s buttons? What does Batman’s technology say about the times? Why are Batman’s villains crazier than average? And why is Batman the perfect, iconic American hero?

Table of Contents

Dennis O’Neil: Introduction (1)
Robert Brian Taylor: Keeping it Real in Gotham (7)
Lou Anders: Two of a Kind (17)
Geoff Klock: Frank Miller’s New Batman and the Grotesque (35)
Nick Mamatas: Holy Signifier, Batman! (47)
Darren Hudson Hick: The Cost of Being Batman (55)
Michael Marano: Ra’s al Ghul: Father Figure as Terrorist (69)
Alan J. Porter: The Dubious Origins of Batman (85)
Chris Robertson: Why Doesn’t Bruce Wayne Retire Already?! (99)
Paul Lytle: The Madness of Arkham Asylum (109)
Jake Black: Robin: Innocent Bystander (121)
Mike W. Barr: Batman in Outer Space (127)
Mary Borsellino: Gotham’s First Family (137)
Robin S. Rosenberg: What’s Wrong with Bruce Wayne? (145)
Daniel M. Kimmel: The Batman We Deserve (157)
Alex Bledsoe: To the Batpole! (171)
John C. Wright: Heroes of Darkness and Light (181)
Kristine Kathryn Rusch: Batman in the Real World (197)
David Seidman: Batman, the Failure (209)

Acknowledgments (219)
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