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1961; Swan cvrPresenting a veritable Bat-encyclopedia of information, Batman Annual #1 reprints a plethora of tales that give the background of all things Batastic, everything from the Bat-Signal to the Bat-Cave, the Bat Crime File to Bat Inventions, there's even a story on how to become Batman! Fans of the Dynamic Duo love this handbook that encapsulates the history of the superhero's ephemera, these giant-sized annual comics gave readers a lot of bang for their buck (or quarter), and this first issue in the Annual run is a paticular favorite of Batfans everywhere.
Swan was a house artist at DC working on titles like Tommy Tomorrow, he began gravitating towards Superman and his related books, Superboy, World's Finest and Jimmy Olsen, he would eventually leave DC thanks to his personality issue with Editor In Chief Mort Weisinger. He would eventually return and go on to be the artist that defined the look of Superman in the Silver Age, eventually becoming the editor of the title, but after thirty years of keeping up standards of all things Superman, Swan was given the boot in favor of John Byrne's Superman reboot, Swan's comic work began to taper off after this dismissal and he eventually retired, but will forever be recognized as the Silver Age Superman's finest artist.