Official Press Release
Ever since 1954, when Batman and Superman first teamed up in WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #71, the phrase "World's Finest" has been synonymous with the duo itself. The team went on to costar in every issue of WORLD'S FINEST COMICS for over 30 years, the tales from issues #71-101 having been collected in WORLD'S FINEST COMICS ARCHIVES Volume 1 (STAR08933) and Volume 2 (STAR14679).
But what about the stories that came before WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #71?
DC Comics is pleased to announce the publication of BATMAN IN WORLD'S FINEST COMICS ARCHIVES Volume 1, reprinting stories from WORLD'S FAIR COMICS 1940, WORLD'S BEST COMICS #1 and WORLD'S FINEST COMICS #2-16.
These classic Golden Age tales - only two of which have ever been reprinted before - are by some of the Dark Knight Detective's greatest writers and artists, including Batman creator Bob Kane. The volume also features the historic first appearance of the classic villain the Scarecrow, along with a foreword by comics historian R.C. Harvey.
This volume showcases artwork by Bob Kane, Jack Burnley, Ray Burnley, Charles Paris, Fred Ray, Jerry Robinson, George Roussos, and Dick Sprang; the stories are written by Bill Finger, Joe Greene and Jack Schiff.
BATMAN IN WORLD'S FINEST ARCHIVES COMICS Volume 1 is scheduled to be in stores on August 21.
DC EXTENDS ARCHIVES SERIES WITH NEW VOLUMES
Also coming later this year are new volumes in several DC Archives series, including:
GREEN LANTERN ARCHIVES Volume 4:
The Silver Age adventures of fearless test pilot Hal Jordan continue in this volume reprinting tales from GREEN LANTERN #22-29, in which the Emerald Gladiator faces such foes as the Tattooed Man, Sonar, Star Sapphire, and the Shark. Writers include John Broome and Gardner Fox; the art for these stories is by Gil Kane, Joe Giella, Frank Giacoia and Sid Greene. GREEN LANTERN ARCHIVES Volume 4 is scheduled to reach stores on June 26.
ALL STAR COMICS ARCHIVES Volume 8:
Reprinting ALL STAR COMICS #34-38 from 1947-1948, these stories include the villainy of Solomon Grundy, the Wizard, Per Degaton, and the Injustice Society of the World, as well as rare guest-appearances by Superman and Batman. With stories by Gardner Fox, John Broome and Robert Kanigher, and art by Irwin Hasen, Joe Kubert, Lee Elias, Carmine Infantino, Alex Toth, and others, this volume features an introduction by Roy Thomas. ALL STAR COMICS ARCHIVES Volume 8 is scheduled to reach stores on July 31.
THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES Volume 8:
The adventures of Will Eisner's unforgettable hero continue in this new collection reprinting stories from January 2 to June 25, 1944. The Will Eisner "World War II Portfolio" continues in this volume as well, with a selection of informational posters produced for the Army and samples of a military-oriented daily comic strip. THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES Volume 8 is scheduled to reach stores on August 14.