...much smaller than tradepaperbacks, yet more focused on a specific purpose.
One of these was 1984's Man-Bat #1, which featured three stories written by Frank Robbins, pencilled by Neal Adams and inked by Dick Giordano...
...featuring the first three stories of Man-Bat, a new, Jekyll and Hyde type of villain for Batman!
Detective Comics #400
...but, instead, turned himself into a half-man, half-bat creature that ended up facing off against Batman, though the two managed to defeat some crooks who planned to rob the museum, before the transformed Kirk wandered off into the night...
....and into his second appearance!
Detective Comics #402
...and we find out a little more of what drives Kirk Langstrom, by meeting Francine Lee, the woman who was his fiancee!
This Neal Adams' cover also was altered a bit...
....to become the front cover of the collection of this series of three short stories!
Detective Comics #407
The wedding was postponed and didn't happen until later.....(and these three stories can also be found in the Batman: Illustrated by Neal Adams Volume #2, both Hardcover and tradepaperback).
But, even though this collected ended with this (and an altered back cover of Detective Comics #416, which was also drawn by Neal Adams), Man-Bat's story didn't end.
More Of The Story
All of this led to Man-Bat getting his own series with covers by Jim Aparo!
Wouldn't it be great to see a collection of Man-Bat stories, from Detective Comics #400 to DC Comics Presents #35 chronicling his days as a hero?