This Day in Pop Culture for May 10

Batman featured for the first time in comic book.

Batman Makes His First Comic Book Appearance

Though not necessary published exactly on this in 1939, the 27th issue of Detective Comics did hit newsstands around this time. Considered by some to be the most valuable comic book in print (one sold for $1,075,000 in 2010), this issue introduced America to Batman. Originally referred to as “the Bat-Man,” the legend was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger. Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any superpowers, however, he is crazy smart and being a billionaire allows him to create or purchase whatever he wants to fight crime. In early comics and during the 1960’s TV show, Batman was seen as quite jovial, but over the years the Dark Knight has returned to his dark and self-torturing roots.

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