The world’s most popular Super Hero turns 75. Also known as the Dark Knight and Caped Crusader, Batman first appeared in the comic book Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, featuring artwork by Bob Kane and scripted by Bill Finger.
In addition to the popular comic books, he’s starred in billion-dollar blockbuster movies, TV series, and video games. To mark the anniversary, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Entertainment have plans for a year-long celebration, which includes a new commemorative 75th anniversary Batman logo and new Batman titles and products. “Batman Day” is Wednesday, July 23.
You can also celebrate Batman's anniversary by checking out these graphic novel titles:
Batman: Arkham City by Paul Dini (AFG)
An all new epic bridging the gap between the hit game BATMAN: ARKHAM ASYLUM and its exciting, upcoming sequel BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY. Paul Dini (HARLEY QUINN, BATMAN: STREETS OF GOTHAM) is the game's writer and now tells this essential story that both gamers and Batman fans will want to read. Artist CARLOS D'ANDA provided visual concepts for the game and now brings his insider's expertise to this dark thriller.
Batman: The Black Mirror by Scott Snyder (AFG)
In "The Black Mirror," a series of brutal murders pushes Batman's detective skills to the limit and forces him to confront one of Gotham City's oldest evils. Helpless and trapped in the deadly Mirror House, Batman must fight for his life against one of Gotham City's oldest and most powerful evils! Then, in a second story called "Hungry City," the corpse of a killer whale shows up on the floor of one of Gotham City's foremost banks. The event begins a strange and deadly mystery that will bring Batman face-to-face with the new, terrifying faces of organized crime in Gotham.
Batman: The Court of Owls by Scott Snyder (YGN)
When a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, the prime suspect is one of Batman's closest allies--Dick Grayson.
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller (YGN)
It is ten years after an aging Batman has retired and Gotham City has sunk deeper into decadence and lawlessness. Now as his city needs him most, the Dark Knight returns in a blaze of glory. Joined by Carrie Kelly, a teenage female Robin, Batman takes to the streets to end the threat of the mutant gangs that have overrun the city. And after facing off against his two greatest enemies, the Joker and Two-Face for the final time, Batman finds himself in mortal combat with his former ally, Superman, in a battle that only one of them will survive.
Batman: Gates of Gotham by Scott Snyder (AFG)
At the turn of the century, three prominent families shaped the construction of modern-day Gotham City. Now, a madman with three-hundred pounds of explosives and a century-old grudge is threatening to bring it all crashing down. Beginning with the simultaneous destruction of some of Gotham's oldest bridges, the mysterious villain is targeting the holdings and legacies of Gotham's most notable families--including the Waynes. To uncover the truth behind the villainous Architect and his link to the city's violent past, Batman unites with Robin, Red Robin and Batman Inc.'s Hong Kong operative the Black Bat. But can they stop their new foe's plans before it's too late? The future of Gotham started with an explosion, and it could end the very same way...
Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb (YGN)
In this story of murder, mystery and romance, Batman sets out on a simple mission to discover the identity of the mysterious villain wreaking havoc in his life known as Hush. But Batman ends up facing possibly the most intense case of his life as secrets from his past flood into the present, and the most notorious villains to ever haunt Gotham City's street attack simultaneously!
Batman Incorporated: Demon Star by Grant Morrison (AFG)
The head of Leviathan has revealed itself as none other than Talia Al Ghul and has put a massive bounty on Damien's head to get revenge on Batman. The final phase of Talia's plan is put into play as Leviathan members slowly take over Gotham's info structure, a denizen of Man-Bat warriors take position, and hundreds of the world’s best assassin's flood into Gotham to claim Damien's head. All of Talia's actions will lead into Batman's two choices: save Gotham or his own son. What actions will Batman choose?
Batman: The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb (AFG)
Taking place during Batman's early days of crime fighting, this new edition of the classic mystery tells the story of a mysterious killer who murders his prey only on holidays. Working with District Attorney Harvey Dent and Lieutenant James Gordon, Batman races against the calendar as he tries to discover who Holiday is before he claims his next victim each month. A mystery that has the reader continually guessing the identity of the killer, this story also ties into the events that transform Harvey Dent into Batman's deadly enemy, Two-Face.
Batman: Odyssey by Neal Adams (YGN)
It's finally happened: Batman must kill or be killed. The threat is real and can't be stopped by man or hero. To combat it, Batman must bring time itself to a standstill so that he can embark on an odyssey of self-discovery to a place unknown to mankind, where he can find himself. Legendary Batman creator Neal Adams takes the Dark Knight on a strange and bizarre journey through time and the mind to unlock clues to a mystery.
Batman: Year 100 by Paul Pope (YGN)
In Gotham City, 2039, a federal agent is murdered and a contingent of Washington's top agents is hot on the suspect's trail. The Batman, a forgotten icon from the past, is wanted for the murder. Amid the chaos Gotham City Police Detective Gordon, grandson of the former commissioner, discovers that the man they are chasing shouldn't exist at all.