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Comic Fans Across the Globe Celebrate Batman’s 80th Anniversary

Plus, DC Universe is giving you a free day of all things Bat.

first appearance of batman DETECTIVE COMICS (1937-) #27

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the first appearance of the most iconic comic book superhero ever: Batman. The Dark Knight made his debut in 1939’s Detective Comics #27, which was written by Bill Finger and penciled by Bob Kane. The story, “The Case of the Criminal Syndicate!”, was only six pages long, in which audiences met Batman, Commissioner Gordon and discovered Batman’s secret identity as wealthy bachelor Bruce Wayne.

the first ever appearance of batman.

Since then, the character has captured the imaginations of millions of fans, inspiring countless comics, spin-offs, team-ups, graphic novels, films, television series, and video games. The character is an indelible part of American culture, one that has made the Caped Crusader a household name for nearly a century.

To celebrate the milestone, DC Comics has released the hardcover compendium Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman — The Deluxe Edition, which includes reprints, essays, and original layouts of classic comics. In addition, you can now pick up the historic Detective Comics No. 1000, which features 96 pages with stories from Warren Ellis, Paul Dini, Tom King, Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns and many more. It also features artwork from artists like Alvaro Martinez, Joëlle Jones, Dustin Nguyen, Jim Lee, and more.

But wait, there’s more! Today only, you can access DC Universe for FREE and enjoy their catalog of all things Batman, ranging from Tim Burton’s Batman films to Super Friends to over a dozen animated Batman features. There are also plenty of classic Batman comics to read, like “The Laughing Fish”, “JLA: Tower of Babel”, “Superman/Batman: Public Enemies”, “Under the Hood”, “Batman and Son”, “Flashpoint”, and “The Court of Owls”. Plus, you can get a one month subscription to DC Universe for 80 cents, so you can finally binge Titans and Doom Patrol.

Fans, creators, and artists have been celebrating the bat-versary all day on Twitter using the hashtags #Batman80 and #LongLiveTheBat. Here are some of our favorite tributes to the Dark Knight.

How are you celebrating 80 years of Batman? Any favorite Bat-memories? Let us know in the comments!

(image: DC Comics)

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