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Batman


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Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Monthly, with ome bi-weekly and bi-monthly runs.
Format Standard, four color comic.
Publication dates Spring 1940 - Present
Number of issues 671
Main character(s) Batman
Creative team
Writer(s) Current:
Grant Morrison
Artist(s) Tony Daniel
Creator(s) Bob Kane and Bill Finger


Batman is an ongoing comic book series featuring the DC Comics action hero of the same name. The character first appeared in Detective Comics #27, published in May 1939. He was first advertised in early April 1940, one month after the first appearance of his new sidekick, Robin, the Boy Wonder. Batman proved to be so popular that a self-titled ongoing comic book series began publication Spring, 1940. Though the Batman comic book was initially launched as a quarterly publication, it later became a bi-monthly series through the late 1950s, after which it became a monthly publication and has remained so since. As of November 1, 2007, the series has reached issue #670. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Grant Morrison (born January 31, 1960) is a Scottish comic book writer and artist. ... Daniels pencil-only cover for Teen Titans vol. ... Bob Kane (born Robert Kahn, October 24, 1915 – November 3, 1998) was an American comic book artist and writer credited as the creator of the DC Comics superhero Batman. ... William Bill Finger (February 8, 1914–January 18, 1974) was an American writer best known as the uncredited co-creator, with Bob Kane, of the DC Comics character Batman, as well as the co-architect of the series development. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Arnold Schwarzenegger-example of an action hero An action hero is any heroic character that lacks the superhuman powers that would normally be connoted in the term superhero. Instead of fighting crime using latent or expressed superpowers, they are normal people who use special devices (not limited to gadgetry and... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Cover of Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). ... Robin is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... Look up spring in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

Premise

The Batman saga takes place in Gotham City, a city overrun with crime and corruption. Its citizens live in perpetual fear from the vast number of costumed criminals, gangs and common thugs. In an effort to combat the aforementioned villains, Batman preys upon their fear. Secretly, the Batman is millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne, a young socialite who witnessed his parents' murder during a mugging at the age of 8. Batman utilizes his keen analytical mind and sophisticated technology and gadgetry as well as outstanding physical agility, power and stamina to ensure that criminals never feel safe in Gotham. In the eyes of the public, the Batman is believed to be something more than human: an indeterminable black specter that represents terror. This allows him to become an iconic urban legend, which in turn allows him to do things an ordinary man cannot. This article is about the fictional place. ... A philanthropist is someone who engages in philanthropy; that is, someone who donates his or her time, money, or reputation to a charitable cause. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Maturity of content

The first stories appearing in the Batman comic were written by Bill Finger and illustrated by Bob Kane, though Finger went uncredited for years thereafter. These early stories depicted a vengeful Batman, not hesitant to kill when he saw it as a necessary sacrifice. In one of the early stories, he is depicted using a gun to stop a group of giant assailants. the Joker, a psychopath who is notorious for using a special toxin that kills and mutilates his victims, remains one of the most prolific and notorious Batman villains created in this time period. During the period in 1940s and 50s when comic books began reflecting the patriotic views of Americans who supported the Allied efforts in World War II, the Joker was changed from cold-blooded murderer to playful trickster. Later, during the Silver Age, this type of super-villain changed from disturbing psychological assaults to the use of amusing gimmicks. William Bill Finger (February 8, 1914–January 18, 1974) was an American writer best known as the uncredited co-creator, with Bob Kane, of the DC Comics character Batman, as well as the co-architect of the series development. ... Bob Kane (born Robert Kahn, October 24, 1915 – November 3, 1998) was an American comic book artist and writer credited as the creator of the DC Comics superhero Batman. ... The Joker redirects here. ... See Also: Antisocial Personality Disorder Theoretically, psychopathy is a three-faceted disorder involving interpersonal, affective and behavioral characteristics. ... The Joker with a victim of Joker venom, in the OverPower card game Joker venom is a fictional toxin, a favourite murder weapon utilised by The Joker in the Batman franchise of movies, comics, and cartoons. ... Patriotism is a feeling of love and devotion to ones own homeland (patria, the land of ones fathers). ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Showcase #4 (Oct. ... A gimmick is a unique or quirky special feature that makes something stand out from its contemporaries. ...


Typically, the primary challenges that the Batman faced in this era were derived from villains who were purely evil; however, by the 1970s, the motivations of these characters, including obsessive compulsion, child abuse and environmental fanaticism, were being explored more thoroughly. Batman himself also underwent a transformation and became a much less one-dimensional character, struggling with deeply rooted internal conflicts. Although not canonical, Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns introduced a significant evolution of the Batman's character in his eponymous series; he became uncompromising and relentless in his struggle to revitalize Gotham. The Batman often exhibited behavior that Gotham's elite labeled as excessively violent as well as antisocial tendencies. Miller portrayed him with an anti-heroic and near villainous characterization. This aspect of the Batman's personality was also toned down considerably in the wake of the DC-wide crossover Infinite Crisis, wherein Batman experienced a nervous breakdown and reconsidered his philosophy and approaches to his relationships. Currently, the Batman's attributes and personality are said to have been greatly influenced by the traditional characterization by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams' portrayals during the 1970s. For other uses, see Evil (disambiguation). ... For other things named OCD, see OCD (disambiguation). ... Child abuse is the physical or sexual of children by parents, guardians, or others. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction, and is not a real-life figure. ... This article is about Frank Miller, the comic book writer and artist. ... The Dark Knight Returns (commonly abbreviated to DKR) is a superhero comic book story published by DC Comics between 1985 and 1986, starring Batman and was written and drawn by Frank Miller. ... Antisocial personality disorder (APD) is a personality disorder which is often characterised by antisocial and impulsive behaviour. ... Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Dennis Denny ONeil is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of books until his retirement. ... Neal Adams (born June 6, 1941, Governors Island, Manhattan, New York City) is an American comic book and commercial artist best known for his highly naturalistic style of illustration. ...


Numbering & annuals

Issue number issues

  • In 1994 #0 was released as part of the post-Zero Hour Zero Month (falling between #511 & 512).
  • The issue with a cover date of November 1998 was "#1,000,000" (falling between #559 & 560) part of the DC One Million crossover.

Zero Hour: Crisis in Time was a 1994 comic book miniseries and crossover storyline that ran in DC Comics. ... DC One Million was a crossover event published by DC Comics in 1998. ...

Annuals

Over the years 26 annuals have been released in association with the Batman title. An annual publication, more often called simply an annual, is a book or a magazine, comic book or comic strip published yearly. ...


Significant issues

Important Arcs

Batman: Year One was the title of a comic book written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzuchelli and colored/painted by Richmond Lewis, released in 1988 by DC Comics. ... Batman: A Death in the Family is a Batman comic book story arc first published in the late 1980s which gave fans the ability to influence the story through voting with a 900 number. ... Published 2002-2003 in monthly installments in Batman issues 608-619 by DC Comics Characters Batman (Bruce Wayne), Catwoman (Selina Kyle), Superman (Clark Kent), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Robin (Tim Drake), The Joker, The Riddler, Hush, Scarecrow, Huntress, Ras al Ghul, Lex Luthor, Two-Face, Commissioner James Gordon, Oracle, Harley...

Crossovers

  • Legends: #401
  • Knightfall: #492-500
  • KnightQuest: #501-508
  • Knight's End: #509-510
  • Zero Hour: #511.
  • Prodigal: #512-514
  • Troika: #515
  • Contagion: #529
  • Legacy: #533-534
  • Cataclysm: #553-554
  • Aftershock: 555-559
  • No Man's Land: #563-574
  • Officer Down: #587
  • War Games: #631-633
  • War Crimes: #643-644
  • Face the Face: #651-654
  • The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul: #670-671

First historical appearances

Character Issue Number Month/Year
The Joker #1 Spring, 1940
Catwoman as "The Cat" #1 Spring, 1940
Alfred Pennyworth #16 April-May, 1943
Mad Hatter #49 October-November, 1948
Deadshot #59 June/July, 1950
Killer Moth #63 February, 1951
Mr. Freeze as "Mr. Zero" #121 February, 1959
Poison Ivy #181 June, 1966
Ra's al Ghul #232 June, 1971
Lucius Fox #307 January, 1979
Sarah Essen Gordon #404 February, 1987
Holly Robinson #404 February, 1987
Tim Drake (later Robin III) #436 August, 1989
Shondra Kinsolving #486 February, 1992
Cassandra Cain (later Batgirl IV): #567 July, 1999
David Cain #567 July, 1999
Hush #609 January, 2003

The Joker redirects here. ... This article is about the supervillainess. ... Alfred Pennyworth is a fictional supporting character in the DC Comics Batman series. ... The Mad Hatter is a fictional character in the Batman comics, published by DC Comics. ... Deadshot (real name Floyd Lawton), is a fictional character in the DC Universe. ... Killer Moth is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Mr. ... For other uses of Poison ivy, see Poison ivy (disambiguation). ... Ras al Ghul, sometimes written Rās al Ghūl (Arabic: رأس الغول), is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. ... Lucius Fox is a fictional character appearing in Batman comic books by DC Comics. ... Sarah Essen Gordon is a fictional detective in DCs Batman stories, created by Frank Miller and David Mazzuchelli. ... Holly Robinson is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Timothy Tim Drake is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Robin is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... A ficitonal character featured in the DC Comic books, specifically the Knight Saga storyline, Shondra Kinsolving is a 59 doctor with a secret, she has a hidden ability to cure people but has neither told anyone nor ever used it. ... Cassandra Cain is a fictional character in the DC Universe, and the most recent Batgirl. ... Batgirl is a DC Comics superhero. ... David Cain is the name of a comic book character associated with the Batman mythos. ... Hush is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. ...

Collections

Batman only

  • Batman: The Dark Knight Archives (Five Volumes) Collects issues from #1 (1940) - #20 (1943). [Volume 1 contains some Detective Comics.]
  • Batman: Year One: collects #404 - 407.
  • Batman: Ten Nights of The Beast: collects #417 - 420.
  • Batman: A Death in the Family: collects #426 - 429.
  • Batman: Many Deaths of Batman: Collects #433 - 435.
  • Batman: Hush (Two Volumes): collects #608 - 619.
  • Batman: Broken City: collects #620 - 625.
  • Batman: As the Crow Flies: collects #626 - 630.
  • Batman: Under the Hood (Two Volumes): collects #635 - 641, 645 - 650 and Batman Annual #25.
  • Batman: Batman and Son: collects #655 - 658, 663 - 666.

DC Archive Editions, edited by Dale Crain for DC Comics, collect early, sometimes rare, comic books published by DC and other publishers into a permanent hardcover series. ... Cover of Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). ... Batman: Year One was the title of a comic book written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzuchelli and colored/painted by Richmond Lewis, released in 1988 by DC Comics. ... Batman: A Death in the Family is a Batman comic book story arc first published in the late 1980s which gave fans the ability to influence the story through voting with a 900 number. ... Published 2002-2003 in monthly installments in Batman issues 608-619 by DC Comics Characters Batman (Bruce Wayne), Catwoman (Selina Kyle), Superman (Clark Kent), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Robin (Tim Drake), The Joker, The Riddler, Hush, Scarecrow, Huntress, Ras al Ghul, Lex Luthor, Two-Face, Commissioner James Gordon, Oracle, Harley... There are very few or no other articles that link to this one. ... It has been suggested that Three ghosts of Batman be merged into this article or section. ...

Batman (collected with Detective Comics)

Cover of Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). ... Batman Chronicles is a series of comics published by DC Comics from 1995 to 2000, which lasted 23 quarterly issues. ... DC Archive Editions, edited by Dale Crain for DC Comics, collect early, sometimes rare, comic books published by DC and other publishers into a permanent hardcover series. ... Showcase Presents is a line of black & white paperback books published by DC Comics. ...

Batman-wide crossovers

[These are crossovers that include most - if not all - of the Batman related titles published at the times.]

  • Batman: Knightfall (Three Volumes): includes #491 - 500, 509 - 510.
  • Batman: Prodigal: includes #512 - 514.
  • Batman: Contagion & Batman: Legacy: includes #529, 534 - 535.
  • Batman: Cataclysm & Batman: No Man's Land: includes #553 - 554, 563 - 569, 572 - 574.
  • Batman: Officer Down: includes #587.
  • Batman: Bruce Wayne, Murderer? & Batman: Bruce Wayne, Fugitive: include #599 - 600, 603, 605.
  • Batman: War Games & Batman: War Crimes: includes #631 - 633, 643 - 644.
  • Batman: Face the Face: includes Batman #651 - 654, in addition to Detective Comics #817-820.

To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this comics-related article or section may require cleanup. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... War Crimes is a story arc in the Batman comic book series, and is the a sequel to another Batman story arc; Batman: War Games. ... Cover of Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). ...

With non-Batman titles

  • A Lonely Place of Dying: collects #440 - 442 with The New Titans #60 - 61.

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