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Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan

by Kuwata Jirou (Author/Artist)

In the 1960s, during the height of Bat-mania, mangaka (comic book creator) Jiro Kuwata was commissioned to write and draw a series of original Batman comics for the Japanese market. Many Western readers were only recently introduced to the existence of this unique take on the Caped Crusader. Now DC Comics presents the series in its entirety for the first time, fully translated and unabridged

Note: Bat-Manga! was released in English, trade paperback on October 28, 2008 with an exclusive interview with the creator of the original manga, Jiro Kuwata and pictures of vintage Batman toys

In July 2014, DC Comics started to release the entire Japanese Batman manga in English through ComiXology as a Digital First series The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga, with a new chapter going online each week. The digital run will be followed by a complete three-volume release in both print and digital form some time during or after the run


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