| > > I was wondering does dc have something similar to marvel masterworks for batman that collects the actual comics in order in a hard cover book from the beginning? I was hoping to collect the early batman comics this way like I did with spider-man. Thanks for your help.|
> The Batman Chronicles volumes 1 through 5, I believe it is now. It collects all the early issues of Detective Comics and Batman, in order of release. There's also Showcase Presents: Batman. One or two volumes there. Maybe three. All in black and white, but not in hardcover.
as far as hard cover goes, The batman archives covers detective comics. volume one starts with tec 27 and runs through issue 50. only the batman stories though, not the back ups, which is a shame.