Batman (comic book)
Cover of Batman #1 (Spring 1940).
Bimonthly: #6-80; #254-259
Eight times a year: #81-168
Nine times a year: #169-177; #238-246
10 times a year: #178-237
Seven times a year: #247-253
11 times a year: #260-270
Monthly: #271-715 except for biweekly status for #436-439, 448-453, 464-469, 477-482, 492-497, 627-628, 643-644, 660-661, 682-683, and 691-692
|Publication date||(vol. 1)
Spring 1940 – October 2011
|Number of issues||(vol. 1): 715 (#1–713 plus issues numbered 0 and 1,000,000) 1 Special and 28 Annuals
(vol. 2): 38 (#1–33 plus issues numbered 0 and 23.1 through 23.4) and 2 Annuals (as of September 2014 cover date)
|Main character(s)||Bruce Wayne/Batman
|Dark Knight Archive Volume 1||ISBN 1-56389-050-X|
Batman is an ongoing comic book series featuring the DC Comics hero of the same name. The character first appeared in Detective Comics #27, published in May 1939. Batman proved to be so popular that a self-titled ongoing comic book series began publication in the spring of 1940. It was first advertised in early April 1940, one month after the first appearance of his new sidekick, Robin, the Boy Wonder.
Though the Batman comic book was initially launched as a quarterly publication, it later became a bimonthly series through the late 1950s, after which it became a monthly publication and has remained so since. The original series ended in 2011 and was relaunched with a new first issue.
- 1 Premise
- 2 Publication history
- 3 Maturity of content
- 4 Significant issues
- 5 Collected editions
- 6 References
- 7 External links
The Batman saga takes place primarily in the fictional municipality of Gotham City, a city overrun with crime, graft, and corruption. Its citizens live in perpetual fear from the vast number of criminals, gangs and common thugs. In an effort to combat the cancerous infection of crime, billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne creates the costumed persona of the Batman to prey on the superstitious and cowardly criminals' fears. Wayne, a young socialite who witnessed his parents' murder during a mugging when he was a small child, used his trauma and vast personal wealth to travel the world and gain the skills needed to wage his war on crime. Batman utilizes his keen analytical mind and sophisticated technology and gadgetry, as well as outstanding physical agility, power and stamina to ensure that criminals never feel safe in Gotham, and are always afraid of the dark at night. In the eyes of the public, the Batman is believed to be both an urban legend and something more than human: an indeterminable black specter that represents terror. Wayne reasoned that fear was his weakness as a child, but as a man, it became his weapon.
The Golden Age and the early 1950s
The character of Batman made his first appearance in the pages of Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. In Spring of 1940, Batman #1 was published and introduced new characters into Batman's pantheon, most notably those of Catwoman and Batman's eventual nemesis, the Joker. Alfred Pennyworth, the Wayne family butler, was introduced in issue #16 (April–May 1943).
Editor Whitney Ellsworth assigned a Batman story to artist Dick Sprang in 1941. Anticipating that Bob Kane would be drafted to serve in World War II, DC inventoried Sprang's work to safeguard against delays. Sprang's first published Batman work was the Batman and Robin figures on the cover of Batman #18 (Aug.-Sept. 1943), reproduced from the art for page 13 of the later-published Detective Comics #84 (Feb. 1944). Sprang's first original published Batman work, and first interior-story work, appeared in Batman #19 (Oct.-Nov. 1943), for which he drew the cover and the first three Batman stories, and penciled the fourth Batman story, inked by Norm Fallon. Like all Batman artists of the time, Sprang went uncredited as a ghost artist for Kane.
Villains which debuted during this early era included the Mad Hatter in issue #49 (October 1948) and Killer Moth in issue #63 (February 1951). In 1953, Sheldon Moldoff became another one of the primary Batman ghost artists who, along with Win Mortimer and Dick Sprang, drew stories credited to Bob Kane, following Kane's style and under Kane's supervision. Bill Finger and Moldoff introduced Ace the Bat-Hound in #92 (June 1955).
The Silver Age
The early part of the era known to comics fans and historians as the Silver Age of Comic Books saw the Batman title dabble in science fiction. New characters introduced included Mr. Freeze and Betty Kane, the original Bat-Girl.
In 1964, Julius Schwartz was made responsible for reviving the faded Batman titles. He jettisoned the sillier aspects that had crept into the series such as Ace the Bathound and Bat-Mite and gave the character a "New Look" that premiered in Detective Comics #327 (May 1964). Schwartz's first issue of the Batman title was #164 (June 1964). The Riddler returned after an eighteen-year absence in #171 (May 1965). Among the new villains introduced during this period was Poison Ivy in #181 (June 1966). In the 1960s, Batman comics were affected by the popular Batman television series, with campy stories based on the tongue-in-cheek premise of the series. After the Batman television program's influence had died down, writer Frank Robbins and artist Irv Novick sent Dick Grayson off to attend college and moved Batman out of Wayne Manor in issue #217 (December 1969).
In 1971, writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Neal Adams came aboard the title and re-infused it with the darker tones of the 1940s. O'Neil and Adams introduced a new villain named Ra's al Ghul, and would also revitalize the Joker by bringing him back to his roots as a homicidal maniac who murders people on a whim. Batman #237 (December 1971) featured a metafictional story by O'Neil and Adams which featured several comics creators appearing in the story and interacting with Batman and Robin at the Rutland Halloween Parade in Rutland, Vermont. O'Neil said his work on the Batman series was "simply to take it back to where it started. I went to the DC library and read some of the early stories. I tried to get a sense of what Kane and Finger were after." Comics historian Les Daniels observed that "O'Neil's interpretation of Batman as a vengeful obsessive-compulsive, which he modestly describes as a return to the roots, was actually an act of creative imagination that has influenced every subsequent version of the Dark Knight." The title became a 100 Page Super Spectacular for issues #254 (January–February 1974) to #261 (March–April 1975). The series reached its 300th issue with a June 1978 cover date and featured a story by writer David Vern Reed and artists Walt Simonson and Dick Giordano. Len Wein became the writer of the series with issue #307 (January 1979) and in his first issue, created Wayne Foundation executive Lucius Fox, later portrayed by Morgan Freeman in the movies Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises. Julius Schwartz ended his tenure as editor of the series with issue #309 (March 1979).
Writer Gerry Conway and artist Don Newton introduced Jason Todd in Batman #357 (March 1983). Todd would assume the costumed identity of Robin in issue #368 (February 1984). Writer Doug Moench began his run on the title with issue #360 and he and artist Tom Mandrake created the Black Mask character in Batman #386 (August 1985). Moench's longtime collaborator, artist Paul Gulacy made his DC Comics debut with a two-part story in issues #393 and #394. The title reached its 400th issue in October 1986 and featured work by several popular comics artists and included an introduction by novelist Stephen King.
Due to the events of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, the continuity of DC Comics was altered. Established characters were given the opportunity to be reintroduced in new ways. While the Batman series was not rebooted, writer Frank Miller, who had previously worked on the limited series The Dark Knight Returns, and artist David Mazzucchelli retold the character's origin story for the new continuity in the monthly pages of Batman issues 404–407 (February–May 1987). The story, Batman: Year One, garnered high critical acclaim for its realistic interpretation of Batman's genesis, and its accessibility to new readers who had never followed Batman before. IGN Comics ranked Batman: Year One at the top of a list of the 25 greatest Batman graphic novels, saying that "no other book before or since has quite captured the realism, the grit and the humanity of Gordon and Batman so perfectly." Notable comic book creators Greg Rucka, Jeph Loeb, and Judd Winick have cited Year One as their favorite Batman story. Following "Year One", writer Max Allan Collins and artist Chris Warner crafted a new origin for Jason Todd. Jim Starlin became the writer of Batman and one of his first storylines for the title was "Ten Nights of The Beast" in issues #417 – 420 (March – June 1988) which introduced the KGBeast. During Starlin's tenure on the title, DC Comics was becoming aware of the fanbase's growing disdain for the character of Jason Todd, Following a cliffhanger in which the character's life hangs in the balance, DC set up a 900 number hotline which gave callers the ability to vote for or against Jason Todd's death. The kill option won by a narrow majority, and the following month the character was shown dying from wounds inflicted in the previous issue's cliffhanger. The story, entitled "A Death in the Family," received high media exposure due to the shocking nature in which a familiar character's life had ended. Writer Marv Wolfman and artist Pat Broderick created Tim Drake in issue #436 in the "Batman: Year Three" story and the character became the third version of Robin in the "A Lonely Place of Dying" storyline culminating in issue #442.
Partially impacted by the tone of Tim Burton's 1989 film Batman, the comics of the 1990s took a darker tone. The Tim Drake version of Robin was given a new costume designed by Neal Adams in issue #457 (December 1990) in a story by Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle. The main writers of the Batman franchise in the 1990s were Grant, Doug Moench, and Chuck Dixon. Moench and Dixon masterminded the Knightfall crossover arc, which saw Batman's back being broken by the super strong villain Bane. A new character, Jean-Paul Valley, takes up the Batman mantle in Bruce Wayne's absence. Valley is driven mad with power, and Wayne forcefully reclaims it after his recovery.
The Batman titles in 1999 were dominated by the large crossover "No Man's Land", which sees Gotham City ravaged by a large earthquake, leading to the U.S. government's order to evacuate the city and abandoning and isolating those who choose to remain behind. Writer Greg Rucka adapted the story into a prose novel published in 2000.
After the conclusion to "No Man's Land" and Greg Rucka's move to Detective, the Batman title was handled for seven issues by writer Larry Hama and artist Scott McDaniel. At issue #582, Ed Brubaker became the writer of the series and kept a trend of gritty crime drama that included more grounded villains such as the Penguin, Brubaker's new villain Zeiss, and Deadshot. Brubaker's run received a short interruption with an arc title "Officer Down", which depicted Commissioner Gordon being shot in the line of duty and ultimately retiring from the Gotham police force. From there, writer Brian K. Vaughan did a three-issue arc that focused on Batman's created crime persona Matches Malone before Brubaker returned. The next crossover, masterminded by Brubaker and Rucka and titled "Bruce Wayne: Murderer?" saw Bruce Wayne framed for the murder of his girlfriend and nearly abandoning his civilian identity altogether.
For the #600 issue, the series moved into the next phase of Wayne's frame-up and featured three backup stories, which were presented as lost issues never before published from iconic eras in Batman's history. "Mystery of the Black Bat" is presented in the style of Dick Sprang and "Joker Tips His Hat!" is an homage to the 1960s stories by artists such as Gil Kane and Carmine Infantino. "The Dark, Groovy, Solid, Far-out, Right-on, and Completely With-it Knight Returns" is a humorous spin on Batman's character trying to update himself into the eighties, and featured stand-up comedian Patton Oswalt's comic writing debut. After the frame-up story concluded, Brubaker closed his run with two issues co-written with Geoff Johns.
Writer Jeph Loeb and artist Jim Lee crafted a year-long story which began with issue #608, The "Hush" storyline was a murder mystery that delved through numerous periods in Batman's history. Introducing a new character that was the story's namesake, as well as redefining the Riddler, healing Harvey Dent, and calling into question the events surrounding Jason Todd's death, Following the conclusion of Hush, the creative team of the Vertigo series 100 Bullets came aboard for a six-issue arc titled "Broken City". Writer Judd Winick became the ongoing writer for the series and in a story titled "Under the Hood", explained that Jason Todd had actually returned from the dead long ago, and became an anti-hero in Gotham under the guise of the Red Hood.
After the Infinite Crisis series, all the regular monthly titles of the DC Universe jumped forward in time by one year, depicting the characters in radically different situations and environments then they were in the preceding issues. "Face the Face", was written by James Robinson and saw Batman returning from a year-long overseas journey that retraced the steps he took after initially leaving Gotham City in his youth and featured the return of James Gordon to the role of Gotham City Police Commissioner.
Grant Morrison began his long-form Batman narrative in issue #655. The first story, "Batman and Son," reveals that Wayne is the father of a child named Damian, and attempts to steer the child away from the machinations of his mother, Talia al Ghul. From there, Morrison began an arc that saw an evil influential organization known as the Black Glove attempt to destroy everything Batman is and what he stands for. This culminated in the storyline Batman R.I.P., where the Black Glove initially succeeds in doing so, but is thwarted by Bruce Wayne's ability to preserve his sane mind while an erratic, alternate personality takes over. After stopping the Black Glove, Morrison moved Batman into his event series Final Crisis, where Batman appears to be killed by Darkseid. In actuality, he was transported to the distant past and stranded there. Neil Gaiman wrote issue #686, which was the first part of a story titled Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? It served as a quasi-send off to a generation of Batman stories, much the same way as Alan Moore's Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow? did for Superman, and continued into an issue of Detective Comics.
After this, the main Batman series went on hiatus while the Battle for the Cowl mini-series would have Dick Grayson assume the role of Batman in the wake of Bruce Wayne's disappearance from the present-day DC Universe. Grant Morrison stayed involved in writing Batman, but moved to a new series titled Batman and Robin, which followed the exploits of Grayson as Batman and Damian Wayne as the new Robin. Writer Judd Winick temporarily returned to the title for Grayson's first solo arc as Batman, before handing the writing and art duties off to Tony Daniel.
|Publication date||November 2011 – present|
|Number of issues||38 (#1–33 plus issues numbered 0 and 23.1 through 23.4) and 2 Annuals (as of September 2014 cover date)|
|Main character(s)||Bruce Wayne/Batman|
Daniel remained the main writer on the series until issue #699. The title reached a milestone with the publication of Batman #700 (August 2010), which saw the return of Grant Morrison to the title and a collaboration with an art team that consisted of Daniel, Frank Quitely, Andy Kubert, and David Finch. The separate stories tied together to illustrate that the legacy of Batman is unending, and will survive into the furthest reaches of time. Morrison stayed on as writer on the series through issue #702, while simultaneously writing the Batman and Robin series and the The Return of Bruce Wayne mini-series. Tony Daniel resumed writing and art duties with issue #704. Even after Bruce Wayne's return, Dick Grayson remained the star of this title through its final year, as well as being the main character in Batman and Robin and Detective Comics. Bruce Wayne starred in two new titles, Batman Incorporated and Batman: The Dark Knight.
On June 1, 2011, it was announced that all series taking place within the shared DC Universe would be either canceled or relaunched with new #1 issues, after a new continuity was created in the wake of the Flashpoint event. Batman was no exception, and the first issue of the new series was released on September 21, 2011.
The New 52
DC Comics relaunched Batman with issue #1 in September 2011, written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo, as part of DC's company-wide title relaunch, The New 52. As with all of the books associated with the DC relaunch, Bruce Wayne appears to be about five years younger than the previous incarnation of the character. Superheroes at large have appeared only in the past five years, and are viewed with, at best, suspicion, and, at worst, outright hostility. All of the characters that have served as Robin, except Stephanie Brown, have been accounted for as still having served at Batman's side in the new continuity. The stories build on recent developments, with most of the character's previous history remaining intact, and Bruce Wayne is again the only Batman, with Dick Grayson having returned to his role as Nightwing.
The first story arc of the title, "The Court of Owls", focuses on Batman's discovery of a secret society in Gotham City that he had never known about before, dating back to the time of Gotham's founding and his ancestor Alan Wayne, and his battles against the Talons, the agents of the Court of Owls. This led to the first major New 52 crossover, "Night of the Owls". The finale of the story sees Thomas Wayne Jr. as the head Talon of the Court of Owls in Gotham.
Talon, a spin-off of the "Court of Owls" storyline, launched in September 2012 and focuses on a rogue Talon from the Court.
After a storyline involving Clayface and a one shot dealing with the aftermath of "Death of the Family", Snyder's next arc was "Batman: Zero Year". This follows up on Batman #0 and retells how Bruce Wayne became Batman, not done since Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One".
Maturity of content
The first stories appearing in the Batman comic were written by Bill Finger and illustrated by Bob Kane, though Finger went uncredited for years thereafter. These early stories depicted a vengeful Batman, not hesitant to kill when he saw it as a necessary sacrifice. In one of the early stories, he is depicted using a gun to stop a group of giant assailants. The Joker, a psychopath who is notorious for using a special toxin that kills and mutilates his victims, remains one of the most prolific and notorious Batman villains created in this time period. Following the desire of creator Jerry Robinson that the Joker not be a character who gets away with murder, for many years the Joker was changed from cold-blooded murderer to playful trickster. Later, during the Silver Age, this type of super-villain changed from disturbing psychological assaults to the use of amusing gimmicks.
Typically, the primary challenges that the Batman faced in this era were derived from villains who were purely evil; however, by the 1970s, the motivations of these characters, including obsessive compulsion, child abuse and environmental fanaticism, were being explored more thoroughly. Batman himself also underwent a transformation and became a much less one-dimensional character, struggling with deeply rooted internal conflicts. Although not canonical, Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns introduced a significant evolution of the Batman's character in his eponymous series; he became uncompromising and relentless in his struggle to revitalize Gotham. The Batman often exhibited behavior that Gotham's elite labeled as excessively violent as well as antisocial tendencies. This aspect of the Batman's personality was also toned down considerably in the wake of the DC-wide crossover Infinite Crisis, wherein Batman experienced a nervous breakdown and reconsidered his philosophy and approaches to his relationships. Currently, the Batman's attributes and personality are said to have been greatly influenced by the traditional characterization by Dennis O'Neil and Neal Adams' portrayals during the 1970s, although hints of the Miller interpretation appear in certain aspects of his character.
The Batman series has had annuals published beginning in 1961. Seven issues of Batman Annual were published from 1961 – Summer 1964. An additional 17 issues were published from 1982 to 2000 and the numbering continued from the 1961 series. Four more annuals were published from 2006 to 2011, again with the numbering continued from the previous series. In 2012, a new annual series was begun with a #1 issue.
|The Joker||#1||Spring 1940|
|Catwoman as "The Cat"||#1||Spring 1940|
|Gotham City (by name)||#4||Winter 1941|
|Alfred Pennyworth||#16||April–May 1943|
|The Mad Hatter||#49||October–November 1948|
|Vicki Vale||#49||October–November 1948|
|Killer Moth||#63||February–March 1951|
|Mr. Freeze as "Mr. Zero"||#121||February 1959|
|Batgirl (Betty Kane)||#139||April 1961|
|Poison Ivy||#181||June 1966|
|Ra's al Ghul||#232||June 1971|
|Lucius Fox||#307||January 1979|
|The Snowman||#337||July 1981|
|Harvey Bullock||#361||June 1983|
|Black Mask||#386||August 1985|
|Holly Robinson||#404||February 1987|
|Sarah Essen Gordon||#405||March 1987|
|Tim Drake (later Robin III)||#436||August 1989|
|Shondra Kinsolving||#486||February 1992|
|Cassandra Cain (later Batgirl IV)||#567||July 1999|
|David Cain||#567||July 1999|
|Red Hood (Jason Todd)||#635||December 2004|
|Damian Wayne||#655||September 2006|
|Terry McGinnis||#700||June 2010|
See also Batman reprint collections
- Batman: The Dark Knight Archives:
- Volume 1 collects Batman #1-4, 224 pages, January 1992, ISBN 978-1563890505
- Volume 2 collects Batman #5-8, 244 pages, November 1997, ISBN 978-1563891830
- Volume 3 collects Batman #9–12, 224 pages, June 2000, ISBN 978-1563896156
- Volume 4 collects Batman #13–16, 224 pages, August 2003, ISBN 978-1563899836
- Volume 5 collects Batman #17–20, 212 pages, November 2006, ISBN 978-1401207786
- Volume 6 collects Batman #21–25, 228 pages, December 2009, ISBN 978-1401225476
- Volume 7 collects Batman #26–31, 264 pages, December 2010, ISBN 978-1401228941 
- Volume 8 collects Batman #32-37, 248 pages, January 2013, ISBN 978-1401237448
- Batman: The Strange Deaths of Batman includes Batman #291-294, 160 pages, January 2009, ISBN 978-1401221744
- Batman: Year One collects Batman #404 – 407, 136 pages, March 1988 hardcover, ISBN 9781401206901, softcover, June 1988, ISBN 978-1401207526
- Batman: Ten Nights of The Beast collects Batman #417 – 420, 96 pages, October 1994, ISBN 978-1563891557
- Batman: A Death in the Family collects Batman #426 – 429, 148 pages, November 1988, ISBN 978-1401232740
- Batman: The Many Deaths of the Batman collects Batman #433 – 435, 72 pages, March 1992, ISBN 978-1563890338
- Batman: Hush:
- Batman: Broken City collects Batman #620 – 625, 144 pages, May 2005, ISBN 978-1401202149
- Batman: As the Crow Flies collects Batman #626 – 630, 128 pages, March 2005, ISBN 978-1840239140
- Batman: Under the Hood
- Batman and Son collects Batman #655 – 658, 663 – 666, 128 pages, hardcover, August 2007, ISBN 1-4012-1240-9, softcover, ISBN 1-4012-1241-7)
- Batman: The Black Glove collects Batman #667 – 669, 672 – 675, 176 pages, September 2008, ISBN 978-1401219093
- Batman R.I.P. collects Batman #676 – 683, 224 pages, June 2010, ISBN 978-1401225766
- Batman: Long Shadows collects Batman #687–691, 128 pages, May 2011, ISBN 978-1401227203
- Batman: Life After Death collects Batman #692–699, 200 pages, October 2011, ISBN 978-1401229757
- Batman: Time and the Batman collects Batman #700–703, 128 pages, February 2012, ISBN 978-1401229900
- Batman: Eye of the Beholder collects Batman #704–707 and 710–712, 168 pages, November 2012, ISBN 978-1401234706
- Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls collects Batman vol. 2 #1–7, 176 pages, May 2012, ISBN 978-1401235413
- Batman Vol. 2: The City of Owls collects Batman vol. 2 #8–12, Batman Annual #1 208 pages, March 2013, ISBN 978-1401237776
- Batman Vol. 3: Death of the Family collects Batman vol. 2 #13-17, 176 pages, October 2013, ISBN 978-1401242343
Batman (collected with Detective Comics)
- Batman Chronicles
- Volume 1 includes Batman #1, 192 pages, April 2005, ISBN 978-1-4012-0445-7
- Volume 2 includes Batman #2-3, 224 pages, September 2006, ISBN 978-1-4012-0790-8
- Volume 3 includes Batman #4-5, 192 pages, May 2007, ISBN 978-1-4012-1347-3
- Volume 4 includes Batman #6-7, 224 pages, October 2007, ISBN 978-1-4012-1462-3
- Volume 5 includes Batman #8-9, 192 pages, April 2008, ISBN 978-1-4012-1682-5
- Volume 6 includes Batman #10-11, 192 pages, October 2008, ISBN 978-1-4012-1961-1
- Volume 7 includes Batman #12-13, 192 pages, March 2009, ISBN 978-1-4012-2134-8
- Volume 8 includes Batman #14-15, 192 pages, October 2009, ISBN 978-1-4012-2484-4
- Volume 9 includes Batman #16-17, 160 pages, March 2010, ISBN 978-1-4012-2645-9
- Volume 10 includes Batman #18-19, 168 pages, December 2010, ISBN 978-1-4012-2895-8
- Volume 11 includes Batman #20-21, 168 pages, January 2013, ISBN 978-1401237394
- Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives
- Showcase Presents: Batman
- Volume 1 includes Batman #164-174, 552 pages, August 2006, ISBN 978-1401210861
- Volume 2 includes Batman #175-188, 512 pages, June 2007, ISBN 978-1401213626
- Volume 3 includes Batman #189-201, 552 pages, June 2008, ISBN 978-1401217198
- Volume 4 includes Batman #202-215, 520 pages, July 2009, ISBN 978-1401223144
- Volume 5 includes Batman #216-228, 448 pages, December 2011, ISBN 978-1401232368
- Tales of the Batman: Don Newton, collects Batman #305–306, 328; Detective Comics #480, 483–497; and The Brave and the Bold #153, 156, and 165, 360 pages, December 2011, ISBN 978-1401232948
- Tales of the Batman: Gene Colan, Volume One, collects Batman #340, 343–345, 348–351 and Detective Comics #510, 512, 517, 523, 528-529, 288 pages, August 2011, ISBN 978-1401231019
These are crossovers that include most – if not all – of the Batman related titles published at the time.
- Batman: Knightfall
- Part One: Broken Bat collects Batman #491–497 and Detective Comics #659–663, 272 pages, September 1993, ISBN 1-56389-142-5
- Part Two: Who Rules the Night collects Batman #498–500, Detective Comics #664–666, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #16–18, and stories from Showcase '93 #7–8; 288 pages, September 1993, ISBN 1-56389-148-4
- Part Three: KnightsEnd collects Batman #509–510, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29–30, Detective Comics #676–677, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62–63, and Catwoman vol. 2 #12; 304 pages, June 1995, ISBN 1-56389-191-3)
- Batman: Prodigal includes Batman #512 – 514, 288 pages, January 1998, ISBN 978-1563893346
- Batman: Contagion includes Batman #529, 264 pages, April 1996, ISBN 978-1563892936
- Batman: Legacy includes Batman #534 – 535, 224 pages, February 1997, ISBN 978-1563893377
- Batman: Cataclysm includes Batman #553-554, 320 pages, June 1999, ISBN 978-1563895272
- Batman: No Man's Land
- Volume 1 includes Batman #563-566, 544 pages, December 2011, ISBN 978-1401232283
- Volume 2 includes Batman #567-568, 512 pages, April 2012, ISBN 978-1401233808
- Volume 3 includes Batman #569-571, 480 pages, August 2012, ISBN 978-1401234560
- Volume 4 includes Batman #572-574, 552 pages, December 2012, ISBN 978-1401235642
- Batman: Officer Down includes Batman #587, 168 pages, August 2001, ISBN 978-1563897870
- Batman: Bruce Wayne, Murderer? includes Batman #599-600, 264 pages, August 2002, ISBN 978-1563899133
- Batman: Bruce Wayne, Fugitive
- Batman: War Games
- Batman: War Crimes includes Batman 643-644, 128 pages, February 2006, ISBN 978-1401209032
- Batman: Face the Face includes Batman #651 – 654 and Detective Comics #817–820, 192 pages, September 2006, ISBN 978-1401209100
- Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's al Ghul includes Batman Annual #26, Batman #670-671, Robin #168-169, Robin Annual #7, Nightwing #138-139, and Detective Comics #838-839), 256 pages, May 2009, ISBN 978-1401220327
- Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? includes Batman #686; Detective Comics #853; Secret Origins #36; Secret Origins Special #1; and Batman Black and White #2, 128 pages, July 2009, ISBN 978-1401223038
- Batman: Gotham Shall Be Judged (includes Azrael #14-18, Batman #708 and 709, Red Robin #22 and Gotham City Sirens #22, 200 pages, April 2012, ISBN 978-1401233785
With non-Batman titles
- A Lonely Place of Dying: collects Batman #440 – 442 and The New Titans #60 – 61, 116 pages, February 1990, ISBN 978-0930289638
- Batman at the Grand Comics Database
- Waid, Mark; Kubert, Andy. "The Origin of Batman". DC Comics. Archived from the original on June 9, 2012. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
- Wallace, Daniel; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1940s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 31. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "The first issue of Batman's self-titled comic written by Bill Finger and drawn by Bob Kane, represented a milestone in more ways than one. With Robin now a partner to the Caped Crusader, villains needed to rise to the challenge, and this issue introduced two future legends: the Joker and Catwoman."
- Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 44: "Batman and Robin got some help in their crusade against crime with the arrival of butler Alfred in a thirteen-page back-up story by writer Don Cameron and artist Bob Kane."
- Desris, Joe (1994). Batman Archives, Vol. 3. DC Comics. p. 223. ISBN 1-56389-099-2.
- Verified by Sprang at Batman #18 (Aug.-Sept. 1943) and Detective Comics #84 (Feb. 1944) at the Grand Comics Database
- Verified by Sprang at Batman #19 (Oct.-Nov. 1943) at the Grand Comics Database
- Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 59: "Inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter joined the other costumed freaks of Gotham City on his debut in October's Batman #49"
- Irvine, Alex "1950s" in Dolan, p. 66: "Batman #63 kicked off with the origin story of a new Batman villain: the Killer Moth."
- Morris, Brian K. (June 2006). "Maybe I Was Just Loyal Longtime Batman artist Sheldon Moldoff talks about Bob Kane and other phenomena". Alter Ego (TwoMorrows Publishing) 3 (59): 14–23.
- Irvine "1950s" in Dolan, p. 77: "Once Superman had a dog, Batman got one too, in "Ace, the Bat-Hound!" In the story by writer Bill Finger and artist Sheldon Moldoff, Batman and Robin found a German Shepherd called Ace."
- Irvine "1950s" in Dolan, p. 88: "Throughout 1958 Batman encountered aliens from different planets and dimensions."
- Irvine "1950s" in Dolan, p. 92: "The Dynamic Duo battled the frosty foe Mr. Zero in a story written by Dave Wood and with art by Sheldon Moldoff in Batman #121...The 1960s Batman TV series, starring Adam West, included the character of Mr. Zero but renamed him Mr. Freeze. Later comic book incarnations of the ice-cold villain would adopt the new name."
- McAvennie, Michael "1960s" in Dolan, p. 102: "Young Betty Kane assumed the costumed identity of Bat-Girl in this tale by writer Bill Finger and artist Sheldon Moldoff."
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- McAvennie "1960s" in Dolan, p. 118: "Poison Ivy first cropped up to plague Gotham City in issue #181 of Batman. Scripter Robert Kanigher and artist Sheldon Moldoff came up with a villain who would blossom into one of Batman's greatest foes."
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