10 Essential Batman Collections for Kids

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10 Essential Batman Collections for Kids

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 Recently, reader Theron C. wrote to me to ask, "I'm currently introducing my kids to comics. Can you recommend any age appropriate (5-10) Batman comics that feature the essential characters like Robin, Joker, Penguin, etc?" Sure thing, Theron. I'll list here ten softcover collections that can be purchased featuring age appropriate (5-10) stories starring the classic Batman characters (in color!) Often, these books will be part of a series. I'll let you know when there are multiple volumes in a given series. 

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1. Batman Adventures

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 This series was based on the hit 1990s TV series, Batman: The Animated Series, by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini. Written mostly by Kelley Puckett, this series is probably the most ideal Batman collection to give a kid between 5-10. The stories feel modern, they are age appropriate without pandering, they are short stand-alone stories (with some subplots carried over) and perhaps best of all, they feature all the major Batman characters - Robin, Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, RIddler - they're all here. They have released three volumes so far, with a fourth volume due out in Spring 2016. 

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2. Batman '66

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 Based on the 1966-68 Batman television series, this recently completed series features stories set in the same universe as the Batman TV series. Writer Jeff Parker and artist Jonathan Case are the primary contributors to this excellent, charming and clever series that is very kid friendly. There are three volumes available of this series. 

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3. Batman: The TV Stories

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The aforementioned 1960s Batman TV series was based on the Batman comic books of the era, and this trade paperback collects various stories from the era that inspired the series, including the introduction of Batgirl, who soon debuted in the third season of the TV series (as played by the late, great Yvonne Craig). 

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4. Batman in the Sixties

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 DC has collections for the best Batman stories from various decades, but I think that the 1960s are probably the ones that would appeal most to kids, as it is the decade that is so well-associated with the character due to the Batman TV series of the era. However, the collections from the 1950s, 1970s and 1980s would probably be okay, as well. 

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5. Batman: Illustrated by Neal Adams

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 Perhaps the greatest Batman artist of all-time, this collection of stories drawn by Neal Adams also works as a strong collection of kid-appropriate Batman stories period, as these early 1970s comics were designed for children at the time and, due to Neal Adams' involvement, they all look really awesome for readers of any age. There are three volumes in this series. 

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6. Batman: Second Chances

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 This trade paperback collects the fascinating Batman run by writer Max Allan Collins, who took over the ongoing Batman title right after Frank Miller had made the character a lot darker and yet Collins' take on the character was much lighter and kid-friendly. Collins was the writer of the Dick Tracy newspaper comic strip at the time and he had a real ear for age-appropriate stories. His run was short, so it is collected in its entirety here. The final story in the collection, though, is oddly by Miller's successor, Jim Starlin and it is a bit darker than Collins' work, but not as dark as Starlin would eventually get on the title (Starlin's work was very much in keeping with Miller''s take on Batman). 

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7. The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told

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 This greatest hits collection has perhaps the greatest variety of stories of all the comics mentioned so far, as this has stories from the 1930s through the early 2000s, but the modern stories chosen for the volume are ones that would be appropriate for kids around the age of 10, so this could still be a good collection for kids. Maybe not for the low end of the 5-10 age group, though. There is a second volume in this series that also works for kids. 

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8. Batman: The Stange Deaths of Batman

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This collection is perhaps the one that most pushes the edges of kid appropriateness, as the topic of the book is stories where Batman's villains think that they've killed him (spotlighted by the classic four-part storyline from the late 1970s, "Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?"), but they're still pretty basic, well-told comics from an era where the stories were geared towards a young audience, so they're probably still appropriate for the older age of the 5-10 age range. 

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9. Batman: The Brave and the Bold

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 Based on the animated TV series of the same name, Batman: The Brave and the Bold tells stories featuring Batman teaming up with various superheroes. Written mostly by Sholly Fisch, these stories are more for the younger end of the Ages 5-10 reading range. They did five volumes of this series (the last two were under the name All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold)

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10. Batman: LI'l Gotham

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 Written and drawn by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs, Batman: Li'l Gotham is about kid-like versions of all the major Batman characters. The stories mostly all tie in with the major holidays (so a Christmas story, a Halloween story, etc.). They're charming, adorable stories that are more towards the younger side of the Ages 5-10 reading group. There are two volumes in the series. 

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