73 – Ol’ Long Ears

By the fourth Batman story in Detective Comics #30 (July 1939), Bob Kane had lengthened the cowl’s ears and straightened them, giving The Batman a more streamlined and deadly appearance, despite the stiff, winged-looking cape. The comics from the 1980s and early 1990s featured a return to the look of this cowl and I loved […]

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70 – Batman’s Gadgets

In June 1939, Detective Comics #29 is the first story to feature The Batman‘s use of gadgets. This much longer story (10 pages) featured Batman’s first “arch criminal”, Doctor Death and lots of action: Batman swinging around the city on his rope, Batman scaling a building, Batman getting shot, and finally vanquishing his foe. I […]

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63 – The Bat-Man!

In April 1939, Bob Kane (and Bill Finger) published the first story about The Bat-Man in Detective Comics #27, bringing DC what would be its second big hit. Certainly his dramatic appearance had something to do with the character’s success, but I thought the first story was interesting by keeping him mysterious: He was not […]

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46 – Ginger Snap

I usually avoid humorous comic strips, because this blog is mostly supposed to be documenting interesting superhero moments, but I couldn’t resist this panel of “Ginger Snap” from More Fun Comics #31, April 1938 by Robert Kane (future creator of Batman).  This looks like the first thing that Bob Kane created for DC Comics. Speaking […]

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36 – Nadir, Master of Magic

New Adventure Comics #17 (June 1937) debuted a new hero:  Nadir, Master of Magic.  What I found interesting was the origin story told in the beginning that states: Because of a tragedy in his early life, which resulted in the death of his father and mother, he has devoted his life to the elimination of […]

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29 – DC introduces DC

National Allied Publications started advertising their newest upcoming comic book title, “Detective Comics” in late 1936.  Above is a full-page ad inside New Comics #11, November 1936, though the magazine wouldn’t come out for three more months.  “Detective Comics” of course became the official name for the comic book company in the 1970s and years […]

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