Detective Comics #27, May 1939. The first appearance of Batman.  Art by Bob Kane.An example of Batman's return to a more gothic atmosphere during the 1970s. Batman #227 (December 1970). Art by Neal Adams.The first issue of The Dark Knight Returns, which redefined Batman in the 1980s.Batman. Art by Jim Lee.The placement of Batman's reference to Robin at the end of a series of sexual innuendos renders what by itself would be a reasonable parental reaction into a comical punch line with homoerotic overtones.  From Justice League of America #44.  Published in 1966.

Discover great deals on the many hard to find and one of a kind items available only on ebay!

Batman

The DC Comics superhero Batman (originally and still sometimes referred to as The Batman) is a fictional character who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. His "true" identity is Bruce Wayne, billionaire industrialist, playboy, and philanthropist. more...

HomeHome
ComicsComics
Alan MooreAlan Moore
AquamanAquaman
BatmanBatman
DaredevilDaredevil
Dave McKeanDave McKean
Dick TracyDick Tracy
EverquestEverquest
High FidelityHigh Fidelity
HulkHulk
Jack KirbyJack Kirby
Justice LeagueJustice League
Justice LeagueJustice League
League of Extraordinary...League of Extraordinary...
Neil GaimanNeil Gaiman
Sin CitySin City
SpawnSpawn
SpidermanSpiderman
Stan LeeStan Lee
SupermanSuperman
Teen TitansTeen Titans
The A-TeamThe A-Team
Todd McFarlaneTodd McFarlane
WatchmenWatchmen
WillowWillow
WolverineWolverine
Wonder WomanWonder Woman
X-MenX-Men
ComputersComputers
ElectronicsElectronics
MoviesMovies
TelevisionTelevision
ToysToys
Video GamesVideo Games


Although the character was co-created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, only Kane receives official credit for the character. Batman was, at first, just one of several characters featured in Detective Comics. He has since become the lead (or co-lead) character of a number of comic book series, including a number of titles featuring related characters (e.g. Robin, Batgirl).

Publication history

In early 1939, the success of Superman in Action Comics prompted editors at the comic book division of National Publications (later DC Comics, D.C. is short for Detective Comics, now a subsidiary of Time Warner) to request more superheroes for their titles. In response, Bob Kane created a character called "the Bat-Man". His collaborator Bill Finger offered such suggestions as giving the character a cowl instead of a simple domino mask, wearing a cape instead of wings, wearing gloves, and removing the red sections from the original costume. Finger wrote the first Batman story and Kane provided the art. Because Kane had already submitted the proposal for a Batman character to his editors at DC Comics, Kane was the only person given official credit at the time for the creation of Batman, and is still the sole creator listed to this day.

A number of other sources have been cited as inspirations for Batman's personality, character history, and visual design and equipment, including Zorro starring Douglas Fairbanks, 1926's The Bat, Dracula, The Shadow, Sherlock Holmes, Dick Tracy, Spring Heeled Jack and even the technical drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci.

The Batman was a breakout hit, with sales on Detective Comics soaring to the point that National's comic book division was renamed "Detective Comics, Inc." After one year, Dick Grayson/Robin (named after Robin Hood) was introduced based on Finger's suggestion to Kane that Batman needed a "Watson".

Kane, the more business-savvy of the Kane-Finger creative team, negotiated a contract with National, signing away any ownership that he might have in the character in exchange for, among other compensations, a mandatory byline on all Batman comics stating "Batman created by Bob Kane", regardless of whether or not Kane had been involved with that story at all. At the time, no comic books and few company-owned comic strips were explicitly credited to their creative teams. Bill Finger's contract, by comparison, left him with a monetary pittance and no credit even on the stories that he wrote without Kane. Finger, like Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel, and many other creators during and after the Golden Age of Comic Books, would resent National for cheating him of the money and dignity that he was owed for his creations. By the time Finger died in 1974, he had never once been officially credited for his work. In comparison, Kane parlayed his official sole creator status into a low level of celebrity, enjoying a post-comic book career as a painter. Ironically, much of Kane's later comics work, and even some of his non-comics art, was written or illustrated by other, uncredited writers or artists, ghostwriting under Kane's name. However, Kane reportedly felt bad that Bill Finger wasn't receiving any credit for his contributions to the Batman character.

Evolution of the concept

In Batman's original comics, Batman stories were often presented in the tone of film noir and gothic horror films of the day, with a particularly grim emphasis; a few stories even present Batman making use of firearms, as well as showing little remorse over an enemy's death. Following this style, the body count in the first dozen or so published Batman stories was quite high.

This interpretation of Batman began to soften with the introduction of Robin in Detective Comics #38 in 1940, and in 1941's Batman #7, Batman was made an honorary member of Gotham City's police department. Batman's tone continued to stay lighter for the next several decades.

In Superman (1st series) #76 (1952), Batman first teamed up with Superman and learned his secret identity; following the success of this story, the separate Batman and Superman features that had been running in World's Finest Comics instead featured both together; this series of stories ran until the book's cancellation in 1986. The stories featured the two as close friends and allies, tackling threats that required both of their talents.

Starting in the mid-1950s, Batman's stories gradually became more science fiction oriented in tone, an attempt at mimicking the success of the top-selling Superman comics of the time. New characters such as Batwoman, Ace the Bat-Hound, and Bat-Mite (the latter two paralleling Krypto the Superdog and Mr. Mxyzptlk of the Superman titles) appeared. Batman also began having various adventures involving either odd transformations or dealing with bizarre space aliens. Batman was a highly public figure during the stories of the 1950s as well, regularly appearing at such events as charity functions, and also frequently appearing in broad daylight. In 1960, Batman also became a member of the Justice League of America, which debuted in The Brave and the Bold #28.

Editor Julius Schwartz presided over drastic changes made to a number of DC's comic book characters, including Batman in 1964's Detective Comics #327. Schwartz introduced changes designed to make Batman more contemporary and return him to more detective stories, including a redesign of Batman's equipment, the Batmobile, and his costume (introducing the yellow ellipse behind the costume's bat-insignia), and brought in artist Carmine Infantino to help in this makeover. The space aliens and characters of the 1950s such as Batwoman, Ace, and Bat-Mite were retired. This makeover soon became known as the "New Look" Batman. Julius Schwartz also created Aunt Harriet to live with Bruce and Dick. This influenced the campy Adam West Batman parody TV series in 1966, which ran until 1968.

Read more at Wikipedia.org


[List your site here Free!]

Dc Comics Batman #100 Joker War Main Cover Nm 10/6/2020 Pre-SaleDc Comics Batman #100 Joker War Main Cover Nm 10/6/2020 Pre-Sale $6.49 New ListingBatman Who Laughs 1 Variant Dc Comics 2018New ListingBatman Who Laughs 1 Variant Dc Comics 2018 $12.00
Batman Who Laughs #1 Mayhew Trade Variant Gemini ShippingBatman Who Laughs #1 Mayhew Trade Variant Gemini Shipping $3.99 Dc Comics Batman #98 Joker War Main+Mattina Variant Nm 9/1/2020 Pre-SaleDc Comics Batman #98 Joker War Main+Mattina Variant Nm 9/1/2020 Pre-Sale $7.79
Batman #96 Main Joker War Dc comic 1st Print 2020 unread NmBatman #96 Main Joker War Dc comic 1st Print 2020 unread Nm $7.89 Batman #95 2020 1:25 Jorge Jimenez Card Stock Variant Dc NmBatman #95 2020 1:25 Jorge Jimenez Card Stock Variant Dc Nm $39.95
Batman Who Laughs # 2B Jock Cover Variant Nm or Better Dc ComicsBatman Who Laughs # 2B Jock Cover Variant Nm or Better Dc Comics $4.99 Batman The Adventures Continue #1-2 | select Main & Variants Dc | Comics 2020 NmBatman The Adventures Continue #1-2 | select Main & Variants Dc | Comics 2020 Nm $3.95 to
Batman (2016) - Select from issues #86 to #91 - Nm - Dc Comics - PunchlineBatman (2016) - Select from issues #86 to #91 - Nm - Dc Comics - Punchline $3.99 2020 Dc Comics Batman Superman #9 - 10 You Pick Main & Variant Covers2020 Dc Comics Batman Superman #9 - 10 You Pick Main & Variant Covers $3.99 to
New ListingDc Comics Dollar Comics Batman Adventures #12! Near Mint/Mint 9.8! Harley QuinnNew ListingDc Comics Dollar Comics Batman Adventures #12! Near Mint/Mint 9.8! Harley Quinn $2.99 Batman 95 Two Comic Lot - Cover A & Mattina Variant Joker WarBatman 95 Two Comic Lot - Cover A & Mattina Variant Joker War $12.99
Dark Nights Death Metal #1-2 | Select Main & Variant Covers | Dc Comics Nm 2020Dark Nights Death Metal #1-2 | Select Main & Variant Covers | Dc Comics Nm 2020 $4.75 to Batman #95 - Joker War - Nm - Dc Comics - Presale 07/21Batman #95 - Joker War - Nm - Dc Comics - Presale 07/21 $3.19 to
Batman Who Laughs #1 - #6 & Bonus Grim Knight Olb Boom BundleBatman Who Laughs #1 - #6 & Bonus Grim Knight Olb Boom Bundle $44.99 🔥 Batman: Three Jokers #1,2 & 3 (Dc,2020) - Lot Of 15 Premium & Reg Covers 🔥🔥 Batman: Three Jokers #1,2 & 3 (Dc,2020) - Lot Of 15 Premium & Reg Covers 🔥 $89.99
Batman #96 Joker war - Dc Comics - 2020 - 2 Covers - w/Bag & BoardBatman #96 Joker war - Dc Comics - 2020 - 2 Covers - w/Bag & Board $3.99 to PreSale Batman 96 2020 Joker War Daniel Main +  Mattina Var Nm Or Better 8/04PreSale Batman 96 2020 Joker War Daniel Main +  Mattina Var Nm Or Better 8/04 $11.00
Dark Nights Death Metal #3 (Of 6) Variant SetDark Nights Death Metal #3 (Of 6) Variant Set $43.99 Batman Who Laughs - Select from issues #1 to #7 of mini-series - Dc ComicsBatman Who Laughs - Select from issues #1 to #7 of mini-series - Dc Comics $4.99
Batman #95 Main & Mattina set Joker War Begins Dc Comic 1st Print Nm unread 2020Batman #95 Main & Mattina set Joker War Begins Dc Comic 1st Print Nm unread 2020 $8.16 Batman #28-95 Select Main & Variants Facsimile Covers Dc Comics Nm 2019-2020Batman #28-95 Select Main & Variants Facsimile Covers Dc Comics Nm 2019-2020 $0.99 to
Batman 96 2020 Joker War Daniel Main + Francesco Mattina Var Dc NmBatman 96 2020 Joker War Daniel Main + Francesco Mattina Var Dc Nm $8.59 Dc Batman #96 Joker War 1:25 Incentive Aug 4th Pre-Sale Free Bag, Board & MailerDc Batman #96 Joker War 1:25 Incentive Aug 4th Pre-Sale Free Bag, Board & Mailer $50.25
Batman Dark Nights Death Metal #3 Capullo Foil Var 1st Full Robin King VariantBatman Dark Nights Death Metal #3 Capullo Foil Var 1st Full Robin King Variant $5.99 Dc Comics Batman #99 Joker War Main+Derrick Chew Variant Nm 9/15/2020 Pre-SaleDc Comics Batman #99 Joker War Main+Derrick Chew Variant Nm 9/15/2020 Pre-Sale $7.79
Batman The Adventures Continue 3 2020 Main Cover + Hipp Var Set NmBatman The Adventures Continue 3 2020 Main Cover + Hipp Var Set Nm $7.45 Batman #95 Mattina Variant Joker War Dc Comics 1st Print 2020 unread NmBatman #95 Mattina Variant Joker War Dc Comics 1st Print 2020 unread Nm $8.19
🔥🔥 Batman: Three Jokers #1,2 & 3 (Dc,2020) - Lot Of 9 Premium Covers Nm 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Batman: Three Jokers #1,2 & 3 (Dc,2020) - Lot Of 9 Premium Covers Nm 🔥🔥 $49.99 Batman 89 Cgc 9.8 1st Cameo PunchlineBatman 89 Cgc 9.8 1st Cameo Punchline $199.99
Dc Comics 2020 Batman 100 Bermejo Variant Joker War Limited 10K Nm 10/6Dc Comics 2020 Batman 100 Bermejo Variant Joker War Limited 10K Nm 10/6 $18.95 Batman Who Laughs Grim Knight #1 Tan Trade Variant Gemini ShippingBatman Who Laughs Grim Knight #1 Tan Trade Variant Gemini Shipping $28.99
New ListingSuperman Batman # 22, Dc Comic 2005, Batman Beyond Appearance, Predates Annual 4New ListingSuperman Batman # 22, Dc Comic 2005, Batman Beyond Appearance, Predates Annual 4 $18.00 New ListingBatman #89 Dc Comics 2020 2nd print Cover A PunchlineNew ListingBatman #89 Dc Comics 2020 2nd print Cover A Punchline $30.00
Batman The Red Death 1 3rd Print Variant Nm Metal Batman Who Laughs 1st Sold OutBatman The Red Death 1 3rd Print Variant Nm Metal Batman Who Laughs 1st Sold Out $29.99 Batman 94 2020 Main Cover + Francesco Mattina Variant Set Dc NmBatman 94 2020 Main Cover + Francesco Mattina Variant Set Dc Nm $8.75
Batman #50 Variant. Dawn Mcteigue Signed/Coa! Yancy Street Exclusive. NmBatman #50 Variant. Dawn Mcteigue Signed/Coa! Yancy Street Exclusive. Nm $8.50 Batman Three Jokers All 16 Variants Premium Fabok Johns shipping 3 JokersBatman Three Jokers All 16 Variants Premium Fabok Johns shipping 3 Jokers $6.99 to
$16.00 Batman 100 2020 Bermejo 10k Lim Variant Joker War - 1st Ghost Maker Dc Nm 10/6Batman 100 2020 Bermejo 10k Lim Variant Joker War - 1st Ghost Maker Dc Nm 10/6 $18.95
Dc Comics Batman Sword Of Azrael Set 1-4 1 2 3 4 First AppearanceDc Comics Batman Sword Of Azrael Set 1-4 1 2 3 4 First Appearance $9.99 Batman 92 2020 Main Cover + Artgerm Lau Variant Set NmBatman 92 2020 Main Cover + Artgerm Lau Variant Set Nm $9.00
New ListingDark Nights Death Metal Legends Of The Dark Knight #1 1st Print 1st Robin KingNew ListingDark Nights Death Metal Legends Of The Dark Knight #1 1st Print 1st Robin King $24.95 Dark Nights Death Metal Robin King 1 2020 Rossmo Main Cvr A 1st Print Nm 10/20Dark Nights Death Metal Robin King 1 2020 Rossmo Main Cvr A 1st Print Nm 10/20 $5.39
Dark Nights Death Metal #2 Foil Enhanced 1st Robin King Darkest Knight BatmanDark Nights Death Metal #2 Foil Enhanced 1st Robin King Darkest Knight Batman $4.83 Batman #50 1/100 Jim Lee Sketch VariantBatman #50 1/100 Jim Lee Sketch Variant $24.99
Harley Quinn 75 Natali Sanders Punchline Trade Variant Nm Pre-Sale 8/5Harley Quinn 75 Natali Sanders Punchline Trade Variant Nm Pre-Sale 8/5 $23.99 Dc Comics 2020 Batman #97 Main + Francesco Mattina Var Joker War Nm 6-17Dc Comics 2020 Batman #97 Main + Francesco Mattina Var Joker War Nm 6-17 $13.45
Dark Nights Death Metal Legends Of The Dark Knight 1 1st Print Nm 1st Robin KingDark Nights Death Metal Legends Of The Dark Knight 1 1st Print Nm 1st Robin King $26.99 Batman Dark Nights Death Metal #3 Finch Variant 1st Full Robin King VariantBatman Dark Nights Death Metal #3 Finch Variant 1st Full Robin King Variant $5.99
Batman the Adventures Continue #1 2 3 Main Cover + Variant Sold Separately DcBatman the Adventures Continue #1 2 3 Main Cover + Variant Sold Separately Dc $3.99 to
Click to see more Batman items at www.ebay.com
Prices current as of last update, 08/02/20 12:14pm.

Home Contact Resources Exchange Links ebay