Matthew K. Manning
A vivid assortment of "files" on everything in Bruce Wayne's world — gadgetry, enemies, police records, dossiers — collected by Wayne as a guide for helping his future successor.
Comics for the People, 1940s-2000s
Richard L. Graham
Abrams Comicarts, $29.95
How U.S. government agencies have used comic characters — Lil Abner in the Navy, for example, or Bert the Turtle surviving an atomic blast — to spread information to the public.
The epic story of the lives of two refugees, trapped in a world of dunes and deserts.
Daniel Wallace, introduction by Mark Hamill
A fascinating look at the evolution of Batman's arch-nemesis from clownish criminal to grisly madman with a cadaver's smile.