On May 2, 1939 National Publications (prior to being called DC Comics) introduced a new character called “The Bat-Man” in Issue #27 of Detective Comics in the story “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate.” This new figure wore a cape that resembled bat wings, a cowl, and gloves. His utility belt would be added later. So would his Batarang, Batmobile, Bat Cave, Robin, The Joker, Cat Woman and a backstory. It was the making of one of the most recognized pop culture icons worldwide.
Happy 70 years, Batman and many, many more.
Kudos goes to the obvious ones who made Batman a success in comics – Bob Kane and Bill Finger – and lesser-known ones such as Whitney Ellsworth and Julius Schwartz. Ellsworth was a DC editor who decided Batman would not kill or use a gun and Schwartz was another editor who revitalized the Caped Crusader in the early Sixities when comic book sales were declining and who added the yellow ellipse behind the batman logo.
Additional kudos goes to those who interpreted Batman over the years: William Dozier, Frank Miller, Tim Burton, and Christopher Nolan.
So how will you celebrate Batman’s birthday tomorrow?
One way is to go to your local comic book store and pick up one of Batman’s comic books to see where it all started before television and movies.
Since tomorrow is Free Comic Book Day you’ll have more reason to go.
SimplySuperheroes.com is having a sale on all Batman products for the rest of this month.
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