June 04, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
Has it really been 75 years since Gotham first saw the Bat? Seventy-five years of vengeance, brooding detective work and campy shark fights? Three-quarters of a century of iconic introductions, gritty reboots and the ongoing vigil that Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s most iconic creation keeps over his city. It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. (We’re still wrapping our minds around the fact that it’s been 25 years since Michael Keaton put on the cape and cowl.) Ever since Gotham’s winged creature of the night swooped down and cracked “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” the world — from the DC Universe to our own — has never been the same. Although Superman made his debut a year earlier, Batman represented something truly new for comic readers. A tortured soul, a man driven by revenge yet committed to principles. […]
April 29, 2014 | 3:39 p.m.
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 […]