DC has declared July 23 Batman Day to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader. (DC Entertainment)Link
No, you can't get this one for free -- Batman's 1939 debut, with art by Bob Kane and a script by Bill Finger, still commands a hefty price. But a special-edition "Detective Comics" No. 27, featuring a re-imagining of the story designed by Chip Kidd with a script by Brad Meltzer, is gratis to fans as part of Batman Day festivities. (DC Entertainment)Link
A look at the four masks designed by artist Ryan Sook for the Batman Day celebration. (DC Entertainment)Link
A look at the cape for the celebration of Batman's 75th anniversary. (DC Entertainment)Link
Artist Ryan Sook will be designing four masks as part of the Batman Day celebration, including one paying tribute to the Bob Kane era. (DC Entertainment)Link
Adam West's campy take on Batman also inspired one of the four masks created by Ryan Sook. (DC Entertainment)Link
A look Ryan Sook's version of the Adam West mask. (DC Entertainment)Link
Frank Miller fans who prefer an edgier Batman can choose a "Dark Knight Returns" inspired mask. (DC Entertainment)Link
Greg Capullo's take on the Dark Knight for the New 52 will be the fourth inspiration for the masks created by Sook for the Batman Day festivities. (DC Entertainment)Link
Until now, “Detective Comics” No. 27, which introduced Batman to the world, has been one of the most coveted and highly priced comic books in the world. One copy sold for $1,075,000 at a 2010 auction — meaning you basically had to be Bruce Wayne to afford it.
That’s about to change.
In honor of Batman’s 75th anniversary, DC will offer a free, special edition of “Detective Comics” No. 27, featuring a re-imagining of the Caped Crusader’s 1939 comic book debut, designed by Chip Kidd with a script by bestselling author Brad Meltzer.
It’s all part of the festivities surrounding DC Comics’ Batman Day, which is set for Wednesday, July 23.
In addition to the Kidd-Meltzer take on the original Batman story — which saw the “Bat-Man” tasked with trying to crack the case of the chemical syndicate — comic book artist Ryan Sook has designed a series of four masks that showcase a variety of the character’s iconic looks.
There’s the “Detective Comics” No. 27 mask, inspired by Bob Kane’s original drawing, a “Batman ’66” mask from the television series for those who preferred a campier Batman, a “Dark Knight Returns” mask for Frank Miller fanatics and a Greg Capullo-inspired mask marking the Dark Knight of the New 52.
Select comics stores also will offer Batman 75th anniversary capes to accompany the masks.
Robin will also be getting some attention, with the one-shot “Robin Rises: Omega,” which introduces a story line July 16 that continues in “Batman and Robin” No. 33, set to hit stores on Batman Day.
“Grayson No. 1,” by Tim Seeley and Mikel Janin, also will debut that day. The new monthly series chronicles the original Robin, Dick Grayson, as the crime-fighter-turned-super-spy fights to clear his name.
Readers can click here on July 23 to download the special edition of “Detective Comics” No. 27.
– Justin Sullivan | @LATHeroComplex
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