Batman Day: Celebrating 75 years

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Adam West
Adam West played Batman in the more light-hearted 1960s TV series.

As Comic-Con in San Diego looms on the horizon for this coming weekend, DC Comics is celebrating early with Batman Day today. It’s been 75 years since the Caped Crusader made his debut in May of 1939, on the pages of Detective Comics #27, and DC is offering a mega digital discount on 750 DC titles for a week!

Over the decades, billionaire Bruce Wayne has been suiting up to fight crime in the streets of Gotham, dressing up in his ever evolving batsuit to avenge his parents’ deaths. He may not have superpowers, but the Dark Knight blends his genius intellect, high-tech gadgetry, and martial arts into a deadly combo that even Superman respects. He has fought some of the most iconic villains ever, like the mad-cackling Joker, the umbrella-wielding Penguin, the venom-slinging Poison Ivy, the diamond-stealing Catwoman, the puzzle-making Riddler, the coin-flipping Two-Face, the civilization-destroying League of Assassins, and the back-breaking Bane.

With a slew of TV shows and movies under his utility belt, Batman has evolved from the hilariously campy 1960s series Batman (with Adam West), to a much darker and more dramatic character in director Tim Burton’s 90s flicks and Christopher Nolan’s ultra-serious The Dark Knight Trilogy. He’s even part of the wildly popular Batman: Arkham video game series, beginning with Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2009, Batman: Arkham Origins in 2013, and the much anticipated Batman: Arkham Knight in 2015 for Xbox One and PS4 systems.

Images courtesy of DC Comics.