Batman Handbook

The Batman Handbook
by Scott Beatty

At one time or another, we’ve all fantasized about being super heroes. The problem has always been that radioactive spider bites and sun-inspired superpowers are a bit hard to come by. But with The Batman Handbook, this lifelong fantasy can finally become a reality.

With sections on ‘How to Throw a Batarang,”How to Make a Batsuit,’ and ‘How to Bulletproof Your Batmobile,’ this is the ultimate real-world training manual for any aspiring caped crusader. You’ll discover how to:

– Train a Sidekick
– Execute a Backflip
– Survive a Poison Gas Attack
– Throw a Grappling Hook
– plus dozens of other crucial skills

With original two-color illustrations by a DC Comics artist, The Batman Handbook has the information you’ll need to emerge victorious against any criminal mastermind. And with Batman Begins releasing in June 2005, and the new animated series The Batman! launched in Fall 2004, The Batman Handbook is sure to be a hit.


The Superman Handbook
by Scott Beatty

Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the latest illustrated handbook from Quirk hot on the heels of our bestselling Batman Handbook and just in time for the June 2006 release of Superman Returns.

The Superman Handbook shows readers how to channel their inner super hero and make the world a better place. No special powers are required (and you don’t have to wear tights, either). Handy step-by-step instructions will teach you:

  • How to knock out a villain
  • How to stop a runaway car
  • How to jump in a single bound
  • How to find someone buried in an avalanche
  • How to tackle a runaway goon
  • How to enter a burning building

And much more, including a special section on practical skills (like ‘How to fix a broken photocopier’). Complete with a mix of step-by-step and full-page illustrations, The Superman Handbook features everything you need to become a super hero. Up, up, and away!


Wisdom from the Batcave
by Cary A. Friedman

A touching celebration of humanity’s ongoing quest for nobility, greatness, and integrity, as observed through the Batman’s cowl. Friedman reminds us what it feels like to enter the mysterious depths of the Batcave as a wide-eyed child, and illustrates how to carry the artifacts found therein to the real, complicated, often troubling world. Charming, spiritual, and inspirational, Wisdom embraces the fantasies of the Batman mythology, and translates them into earnest truths for the everyday superhero.

Becoming Batman
by E. Paul Zehr

Battling bad guys. High-tech hideouts. The gratitude of the masses. Who at some point in their life hasn’t dreamed of being a superhero? Impossible, right? Or is it?

Possessing no supernatural powers, Batman is the most realistic of all the superheroes. His feats are achieved through rigorous training and mental discipline, and with the aid of fantastic gadgets. Drawing on his training as a neuroscientist, kinesiologist, and martial artist, E. Paul Zehr explores the question: Could a mortal ever become Batman?

Zehr discusses the physical training necessary to maintain bad-guy-fighting readiness while relating the science underlying this process, from strength conditioning to the cognitive changes a person would endure in undertaking such a regimen. In probing what a real-life Batman could achieve, Zehr considers the level of punishment a consummately fit and trained person could handle, how hard and fast such a person could punch and kick, and the number of adversaries that individual could dispatch. He also tells us what it would be like to fight while wearing a batsuit and the amount of food we’d need to consume each day to maintain vigilance as Gotham City’s guardian.

A fun foray of escapism grounded in sound science, Becoming Batman provides the background for attaining the realizable—though extreme—level of human performance that would allow you to be a superhero.


The Essential Batman Encyclopedia
by Robert Greenberger

The ultimate guide to the man behind the mask . . . and the mythology behind the man.

“Criminals are a superstitious, cowardly lot. So my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible. . . . I shall become a bat!” So declared millionaire industrialist Bruce Wayne, orphaned as a boy by a murderous thug and driven as a man to battle the scourge of crime by becoming Batman. Batman swooped into popular culture in 1939–and for nearly seventy years has thrilled audiences in countless comics, live-action and animated television programs, and seven feature films. Prowling the darkened rooftops of Gotham City, roaring through the teeming streets in the sleek, high-powered Batmobile, and leaping into action when the iconic Bat-Signal pierces the night sky, the Caped Crusader is a larger-than-life legend. And now, for the first time in more than thirty years, everything there is to know about Batman–from the beginning to the present, and from A to Z–is collected in one comprehensive new sourcebook. More than 500 pages of entries and illustrations include:

• fascinating details and the complete background on Batman’s origins
• biographies of every major character in the Batman universe–including his closest allies, from Robin the Boy Wonder and faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth to Commissioner Gordon; and his countless enemies, from the Joker, Penguin, Catwoman, and the Riddler to Scarecrow, Two-Face, Ra’s al Ghul and Poison Ivy
• classic black-and-white comic book artwork throughout
• two sixteen-page full-color artwork inserts

Even an all-access pass to the Batcave couldn’t rival former DC Comics editor and Batman scholar extraordinaire Robert Greenberger’s exhaustive ultimate archive. The Essential Batman Encyclopedia is a must for every Batman fan’s bookshelf.

BATMAN, the DC Logo, and all related names, characters and elements are trademarks of DC Comics © 2008. All rights reserved.


Becoming Batman
by E. Paul Zehr

Battling bad guys. High-tech hideouts. The gratitude of the masses. Who at some point in their life hasn’t dreamed of being a superhero? Impossible, right? Or is it?

Possessing no supernatural powers, Batman is the most realistic of all the superheroes. His feats are achieved through rigorous training and mental discipline, and with the aid of fantastic gadgets. Drawing on his training as a neuroscientist, kinesiologist, and martial artist, E. Paul Zehr explores the question: Could a mortal ever become Batman?

Zehr discusses the physical training necessary to maintain bad-guy-fighting readiness while relating the science underlying this process, from strength conditioning to the cognitive changes a person would endure in undertaking such a regimen. In probing what a real-life Batman could achieve, Zehr considers the level of punishment a consummately fit and trained person could handle, how hard and fast such a person could punch and kick, and the number of adversaries that individual could dispatch. He also tells us what it would be like to fight while wearing a batsuit and the amount of food we’d need to consume each day to maintain vigilance as Gotham City’s guardian.

A fun foray of escapism grounded in sound science, Becoming Batman provides the background for attaining the realizable—though extreme—level of human performance that would allow you to be a superhero.


Batman and Philosophy
by Mark D. White, Robert Arp

Why doesn’t Batman just kill the Joker and end everyone’s misery?

Can we hold the Joker morally responsible for his actions?

Is Batman better than Superman?

If everyone followed Batman’s example,

would Gotham be a better place?

What is the Tao of the Bat?

Batman is one of the most complex characters ever to appear in comic books, graphic novels, and on the big screen. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront in order to keep Gotham safe? Combing through seventy years of comic books, television shows, and movies, Batman and Philosophy explores how the Dark Knight grapples with ethical conundrums, moral responsibility, his identity crisis, the moral weight he carries to avenge his murdered parents, and much more. How does this caped crusader measure up against the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?


The DC Comics Action Figure Archive
by Scott Beatty

For the legions that collect the immensely popular DC Comics action figures, we have good news: the official visual compendium of more than 1,400 characters has finally arrived. The DC Comics Action Figure Archive is the definitive reference for the serious enthusiast. Assembled by lead collector Scott Beatty and the experts at DC Comics, this sturdy hardcover features more than 600 full-color photographs and an easily navigable A-to-Z structure. Here, too, are previously impossible-to-find release dates, variants and “redecoes,” as well as detailed information on action figure scales and articulation points. From Ace the Bat-Hound to Zauriel, with lots of Batman and Superman in-between, this collector’s must-have guide doesn’t miss a beat.

The Action Hero’s Handbook
by David Borgenicht, Joe Borgenicht

The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Up with the Indiana Joneses

For everyone who’s ever wanted to be as smooth as James Bond, as clever as Captain Kirk, or as tough as Charlie’s Angels, The Action Hero’s Handbook is the ultimate guide to the essential skills every action hero needs to survive and thrive in this dangerous but exciting world.

This book features dozens of real-life action hero techniques, directly from experts in the subjects at hand: FBI agents, sexologists, stuntmen, hypnotists, karate masters, criminologists, detectives, and many others. Learn how to:

* Catch a great white shark
* Deliver the Vulcan Nerve Pinch
* Spyproof your hotel room
* Win a fight when outnumbered
* Climb down Mount Rushmore National Monument

And dozens of other Good Guy Skills, Paranormal Skills, Fighting Skills, and Escape Skills. With meticulously researched step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow illustrations, The Action Hero’s Handbook will get you ready for anything. Good luck–we’re all counting on you.


Batman: Comic Chapter Books
by Jake Black, Scott Beatty

Stone Arch Books’s ultra-popular DC Super Heroes line of chapter books combines with the comics format in these Hybrid Comics featuring Batman! Avid and reluctant readers alike will gravitate toward this exciting storytelling style: comics fans will be drawn to the twelve pages of comics-style illustrations in each book, while traditional readers will love the fast-paced action that propels them forward from chapter to chapter. Fully approved and endorsed by DC Comics, these innovative bridge comics will appeal to all types of readers. Additionally, each book in the series contains a comics glossary, visual discussion questions, and writing prompts aimed at enhancing visual literacy and improving critical reading skills.


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