Detective Comics

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Detective Comics
Detective Comics #1 (March 1937).
Cover art by Vin Sullivan.
Publication information
Publisher Detective Comics, Inc. #1–119
National Comics Publications #120–296
National Periodical Publications #297–467
DC Comics #468–current
Schedule Monthly:
#1-434, #446-466, #489-811
Eight times a year:
#469-474
Bi-monthly:
#435-445, #467-468, #475-488
Format Ongoing series
Genre
Publication date (vol. 1)
March 1937 – October 2011
(vol. 2)
November 2011–Present
Number of issues (vol. 1): 883 (#1-881 plus issues numbered 0 and 1,000,000) and 12 Annuals
(vol. 2): 39 (#1–34 plus issues numbered 0 and 23.1 through 23.4) and 3 Annuals (as of October 2014 cover date)
Main character(s) Since #27:
Batman
Other characters:
Slam Bradley, Elongated Man, Batgirl, Robin, Manhunter, Green Arrow, Batwoman
Creative team
Writer(s) (vol. 1)
Ed Brubaker, Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, Bill Finger, Archie Goodwin, Denny O'Neil, David V. Reed, Frank Robbins, Bob Rozakis, Greg Rucka
(vol. 2)
Tony Daniel, Derek Fridolfs, Gregg Hurwitz, Matt Kindt, John Layman, Frank Tieri, Peter J. Tomasi, James Tynion IV
Penciller(s) (vol. 1)
Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, Ramon Bachs, Norm Breyfogle, Bob Brown, Ernie Chua, Gene Colan, Alan Davis, José Luis García-López, Mike Grell, Don Heck, Carmine Infantino, Bob Kane, Gil Kane, Don Kramer, Tom Mandrake, Sheldon Moldoff, Don Newton, Graham Nolan, Irv Novick, Frank Robbins, Marshall Rogers, Walter Simonson, Dick Sprang, J. H. Williams III, Pete Woods
(vol. 2)
Ed Benes, Andy Clarke, Tony Daniel, Scot Eaton, Jason Fabok, Julio Ferreira, Neil Googe, Mikel Janin, Henrik Jonsson, Syzmon Kudranski, Jason Masters, Jaime Mendoza, Eduardo Pansica, Javier Pina
Inker(s) (vol. 1)
Alfredo Alcala, Murphy Anderson, Terry Austin, Wayne Faucher, Joe Giella, Dick Giordano, Sid Greene, Shawn McManus, Paul Neary, Charles Paris, Jerry Robinson
Colorist(s) Adrienne Roy

Detective Comics is an American comic book series published monthly by DC Comics since 1937, best known for introducing the superhero Batman in Detective Comics #27 (cover dated May 1939). It is the source of its publishing company's name and with Action Comics, the comic book launched with the debut of Superman, one of the medium's signature series. With 881 monthly issues published in the first volume, it is the longest continuously published comic book in the United States.[1][2]

Publication history[edit]

House ad for Detective Comics #1. Note the originally planned cover date of December 1936.

Detective Comics was the final publication of the entrepreneur Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, whose comics company, National Allied Publications, would evolve into DC Comics, one of the world's two largest comic book publishers, though long after its founder had left it. Wheeler-Nicholson's first two titles were the landmark New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine #1 (cover dated February 1935), colloquially called New Fun Comics #1 and the first such early comic book to contain all-original content, rather than a mix of newspaper comic strips and comic-strip-style new material. His second effort, New Comics #1, would be retitled twice to become Adventure Comics, another seminal series that ran for decades until issue #503 in 1983, and was later revived in 2009.

The third and final title published under his aegis would be Detective Comics, advertised with a cover illustration dated December 1936, but eventually premiering three months later, with a March 1937 cover date. Wheeler-Nicholson was in debt to printing-plant owner and magazine distributor Harry Donenfeld, who was as well a pulp-magazine publisher and a principal in the magazine distributorship Independent News. Wheeler-Nicholson took Donenfeld on as a partner in order to publish Detective Comics #1 through the newly formed Detective Comics, Inc., with Wheeler-Nicholson and Jack S. Liebowitz, Donenfeld's accountant, listed as owners.[3] Wheeler-Nicholson was forced out a year later.

Originally an anthology comic, in the manner of the times, Detective Comics #1 (March 1937) featured stories in the "hard-boiled detective" genre, with such stars as Ching Lung (a Fu Manchu-style "yellow peril" villain); Slam Bradley (created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster before their character Superman saw print two years later); and Speed Saunders, among others. Its first editor, Vin Sullivan, also drew the debut issue's cover. The Crimson Avenger debuted in issue #20 (October 1938).[4]

Batman[edit]

Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) featured the first appearance of Batman.[5] That superhero would eventually become the star of the title, the cover logo of which is often written as "Detective Comics featuring Batman". Because of its significance, issue #27 is widely considered one of the most valuable comic books in existence, with one copy selling for $1,075,000 in a February 2010 auction.[6]

Detective Comics #27 (May 1939), the debut of Batman. Cover art by Bob Kane.

Batman's origin is first revealed in a two-page story in issue #33 (November 1939).[7] Batman became the main cover feature of the title beginning with issue #35 (January 1940).[8] Issue #38 (April 1940) introduced Batman's sidekick Robin, billed as "The Sensational Character Find of 1940" on the cover and the first of several characters that would make up the "Batman Family".[9] Robin's appearance and the subsequent increase in sales of the book soon led to the trend of superheroes and young sidekicks that characterize the era fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books. Several of Batman's best known villains debuted in the pages of Detective Comics during this era including the Penguin in issue #58,[10] Two-Face in issue #66,[11] and the Riddler in issue #140.[12]

Batwoman first appeared in Detective Comics #233 (July 1956)[13] Since the family formula had proven very successful for the Superman franchise, editor Jack Schiff suggested to Batman creator, Bob Kane, that he create one for the Batman. A female was chosen first, to offset the charges made by Fredric Wertham that Batman and Robin were homosexual.[14] Writer Bill Finger and artist Sheldon Moldoff introduced Bat-Mite in issue #267 (May 1959)[15] and Clayface in #298 (December 1961).[16]

In 1964, Julius Schwartz was made responsible for reviving the faded Batman titles.[17] Writer John Broome and artist Carmine Infantino jettisoned the sillier aspects that had crept into the franchise such as Ace the Bathound and Bat-Mite and gave the character a "New Look" that premiered in Detective Comics #327 (May 1964).[18] Schwartz, Gardner Fox, and Infantino introduced Barbara Gordon as a new version of Batgirl in a story titled "The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!" in issue #359 (January 1967).[19]

Writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Neal Adams had their first collaboration on Batman on the story "The Secret of the Waiting Graves" in issue #395 (January 1970).[20] The duo, under the direction of Schwartz,[21] would revitalize the character with a series of noteworthy stories reestablishing Batman's dark, brooding nature and taking the books away from the campy look and feel of the 1966-68 ABC TV series.[22] 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."[23] Adams introduced Man-Bat with writer Frank Robbins in Detective Comics #400 (June 1970).[24] O'Neil and artist Bob Brown created Talia al Ghul in issue #411 (May 1971).[25]

After publishing on a monthly schedule throughout its run, Detective Comics became a bi-monthly book from issues #435–#445 (June/July 1973 – Feb./March 1975). O'Neil and artist Dick Giordano created the Batman supporting character Leslie Thompkins in the story "There Is No Hope in Crime Alley" appearing in issue #457 (March 1976).[26] Writer Steve Englehart and artist Marshall Rogers produced an acclaimed run of Batman stories in Detective Comics #471-476 (Aug. 1977 - April 1978),[27] and provided one of the definitive interpretations that influenced the 1989 Batman movie and would be adapted for the 1990s animated series.[28] The Englehart and Rogers pairing, was described in 2009 by comics writer and historian Robert Greenberger as "one of the greatest" creative teams to work on the Batman character.[29] In their story "The Laughing Fish", the Joker is brazen enough to disfigure fish with a rictus grin, then expects to be granted a federal trademark on them, only to start killing bureaucrats who try to explain that obtaining such a claim on a natural resource is legally impossible.[30] Writer Len Wein and Rogers co-created the third version of the supervillain Clayface in Detective Comics #478 (July-Aug. 1978).[31] From issue #481 (December 1978-January 1979) through #495 (October 1980), the magazine adopted the expanded Dollar Comics format used by the canceled Batman Family,[32] adding solo features including "Robin: the Teen Wonder", "Batgirl", the "Human Target" and the anthology "Tales of Gotham City", which featured stories of the city's ordinary people. Julius Schwartz, who had edited the title for most of its run since 1964, left the series as of issue #484 (June–July 1979)[17] The original Batwoman was killed in the lead story in issue #485 (August–September 1979) by the League of Assassins.[33]

The title's 500th issue (March 1981) featured stories by several well-known creators including television writer Alan Brennert and Walter B. Gibson best known for his work on the pulp fiction character The Shadow.[34][35] Also used during the 1980s was the use of serialization of the main Batman story, with stories from Detective Comics and Batman directly flowing from one book to another, with cliffhangers at the end of each book's monthly story that would be resolved in the other title of that month. A single writer handled both books during that time beginning with Gerry Conway and followed up by Doug Moench. The supervillain Killer Croc made a shadowy cameo in issue #523 (February 1983).[36] Noted author Harlan Ellison wrote the Batman story in issue #567.[37]

Writer Mike W. Barr and artists Alan Davis and Todd McFarlane crafted the "Batman: Year Two" storyline in Detective Comics #575-578 which followed up on Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One".[38] Sam Hamm, who wrote the screenplay for Tim Burton's Batman, wrote the "Blind Justice" story in Detective Comics issues #598-600.[39] The "Batman: Legacy" storyline began in issue #700 (August 1996).[40] The "No Man's Land" storyline crossed over into Detective Comics in issues #730-741. Issue #800 (January 2005) was written by Andersen Gabrych and drawn by Pete Woods.[41]

Scott Snyder became the writer of Detective Comics with issue #871 (January 2011).[42]

Backup features[edit]

In addition to the Batman stories, the title has had numerous back-up strips. The Boy Commandos by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby debuted in Detective Comics #64 (June 1942) and were then soon spun off into their own title.[43] The character Roy Raymond first appeared in issue #153 (November 1949).[44] The Martian Manhunter was created by writer Joseph Samachson and artist Joe Certa in the back-up story "The Strange Experiment of Dr. Erdel" in Detective Comics #225.[45] After issue #326, the Martian Manhunter was moved to House of Mystery and in #327 the Elongated Man and his wife, now remodeled after Dashiell Hammett's Nick and Nora Charles, took over. The characters crossed over with Batman three times. The Elongated Man run lasted until #383 (January 1969) and his feature returned sporadically 15 times until #572, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the title by teaming him up with Batman, Robin, Slam Bradley and Sherlock Holmes against Edgar Moriarty. After the Elongated Man backup feature ended, Batgirl held the role until #424. After moving her to Batman Family, she was returned from #481 to #519. Jason Bard appeared as the backup feature in the odd-numbered issues of Detective from #425 though #435.[46] Manhunter was resurrected in a story by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson in issue #437 (Oct.-Nov. 1973)[47][48] With the last episode of the series, Manhunter moved to the front of the book in a full-length team-up with Batman. Green Arrow became the backup feature starting with issue #521 (Dec. 1982)[49] and running until #567 (Oct. 1986)[50] Black Canary received a new costume in the back-up story in issue #554 (September 1985).[51] DC Comics Bonus Books were included in issues #589 (August 1988)[52] and #595 (January 1989).[53]

The "Manhunter" series that ran as a backup in Detective Comics from 1973 to 1974 won the Shazam Award for "Best Individual Short Story (Dramatic)" in 1974 for the story "Cathedral Perilous" in issue #441, written by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson.

Batwoman[edit]

Main article: Batwoman: Elegy

In 2009, as part of planned reorganization of the Batman universe due to the events shown in Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis, Detective Comics went on hiatus for three months while DC Comics published the Battle for the Cowl miniseries. Upon its return, the series featured the newly reintroduced (in 52) Batwoman as the new star of the book, as well as a 10-page back-up feature starring Renee Montoya as the new Question.[54] The series returned Batman to a starring role in early 2010.

The New 52[edit]

DC Comics relaunched Detective Comics with issue #1 in September 2011, as part of The New 52. The series was written and drawn by Tony Daniel until the twelfth issue, with the team of John Layman and Jason Fabok beginning with issue #13.[55][56]

Detective Comics #1 Vol. 2 (Nov. 2011). Story by Tony Daniel. Art by Tony Daniel and Ryan Winn.

The first issue of the relaunched Detective Comics has received six printings, second only to the relaunched Justice League which had seven printings.[57] The series seventh issue was also DC Comic's sixth highest selling digital comic, ranking above many other series in the Batman category.[58] Scott West of Sciencefiction.com gave the series' third arc a positive review, stating that "After last month’s disappointing ‘Night of the Owls’ tie-in issue, it’s nice to see ‘Detective Comics’ getting back to where it should be… good detective stories."[59] The relaunched Detective Comics received the award for "Best Series" at the 2012 Stan Lee Awards.[60] The series' first collected edition would reach the number one spot on The New York Times Best Seller list in the category of "Hardcover Graphic Books".[61]

Daniel wrote and penciled the series until the "Night of the Owls" crossover, at which point Ed Benes, Julio Ferreira, and Eduardo Pansica began drawing the series for a three issue arc.[62][63] The price of Detective Comics was increased due to the addition of a backup feature starring Batman villain Two-Face, which was written by Daniel and illustrated by Syzmon Kudranski, this followed a similar backup featuring Hugo Strange.[64] Daniel left the series with issue #12 being his last as writer and the "0" issue his last as penciller.[65]

DC celebrated the first anniversary of The New 52 in September 2012 by publishing a number "0" of each original New 52 title which act as prequels to the series and reveal previously unexplained plot elements.[66] Gregg Hurwitz wrote the "0" issue.[67] Hurwitz was approached by Daniel to write the "0" issue due to Daniel's busy schedule.[68][69] To follow up on the "Night of the Owls" elements in Detective Comics, Daniel wrote Detective Comics Annual #1 which was pencilled by Romano Molenaar and inked by Sandu Florea.[70]

Following Daniel's tenure on the series, John Layman became the new writer and Jason Fabok the new artist[71] with James Tynion IV writing the backup features and Syzmon Kudranski remaining as artist for Tynion's first feature. With issue #19 of Detective Comics vol. 2, released on April 3, 2013, the series reached 900 issues as combined with the first volume of the series, and was a special oversized celebratory issue. Under Layman, the series featured its first crossover, "Gothtopia" after which Layman and Fabok moved to the Batman Eternal series and Detective Comics was taken over by Brain Buccalleto and Francis Manapul.[72]

In commemoration of the second anniversary of the New 52, DC Comics announced "Villains Month" with Detective Comics getting four issues. The issues star Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, Scarecrow, and Man-Bat, and respectively being numbered #23.1, #23.2, #23.3, and #23.4. John Layman and Jason Fabok are not contracted for these issues and are instead replaced by an ensemble of writers and artists.[73]

For the 75th anniversary of Batman, issue #27 was a larger-sized issue featuring new stories by Brad Meltzer and Bryan Hitch,[74] Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy, Peter Tomasi and Ian Bertram, John Layman and Jason Fabok, Gregg Hurwitz and Neal Adams, Mike W. Barr and Guillem March, and one written and drawn by Francesco Francavilla. In addition, variant covers to the issue were by Greg Capullo, Frank Miller, Chris Burnham, Jim Lee, Jason Fabok, and Tony Daniel. Single page artwork included work by Kelley Jones, Mike Allred, Patrick Gleason, and Jock.

Character debuts[edit]

Character Issue Publication date
Slam Bradley #1 March 1937
Crimson Avenger #20 October 1938
Batman #27 May 1939
Commissioner James Gordon #27 May 1939
Joe Chill #33 November 1939
Hugo Strange #36 February 1940
Robin #38 April 1940
Clayface (Basil Karlo) #40 June 1940
Penguin #58 December 1941
Two-Face #66 August 1942
Tweedledum and Tweedledee #74 April 1943
Riddler #140 October 1948
Red Hood #168 February 1951
Firefly #184 June 1952
Batmen of All Nations #215 January 1955
Martian Manhunter #225 November 1955
Batwoman #233 July 1956
Calendar Man #259 September 1958
Bat-Mite #267 May 1959
Clayface (Matt Hagen) #298 December 1961
Catman #311 January 1963
Blockbuster #345 November 1965
Cluemaster #351 May 1966
Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) #359 January 1967
Jason Bard #392 October 1969
Man-Bat #400 June 1970
Talia al Ghul #411 May 1971
Harvey Bullock #441 July 1974
Leslie Thompkins #457 March 1976
The Calculator #463 September 1976
Rupert Thorne #469 May 1977
Silver St. Cloud #470 June 1977
Clayface (Preston Payne) #478 July 1978
Maxie Zeus #483 May 1979
Killer Croc #523[Note 1] February 1983
Onyx #546 January 1985
Ventriloquist (Arnold Wesker) #583 February 1988
Ratcatcher #585 April 1988
Anarky #608 November 1989
Renee Montoya #642 March 1992
Stephanie Brown #647 August 1992
Cypher #657 March 1993
Crispus Allen #742 March 2000
Sasha Bordeaux #751 December 2000
Nyssa Raatko #783 August 2003
Ventriloquist (Peyton Riley) #827 March 2007
Dollmaker Vol. 2, #2 December 2011
Emperor Blackgate (formerly known as Emperor Penguin) Vol. 2, #13 November 2012

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ There was a shadowy cameo in Detective Comics #523 (February 1983)[36] and his first full appearance is credited to Batman #357 (March 1983)

Collected editions[edit]

Volume One[edit]

The Detective Comics series has been collected into a number of trade paperbacks:

Volume Two[edit]

  • Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Faces of Death, hardcover, collects vol. 2 #1–7, June 2012, ISBN 1-4012-3466-6
  • Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 2: Scare Tactics, hardcover, collects vol. 2 #8–12, #0, Annual #1, April 2013
  • Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 3: Emperor Penguin, hardcover, collects vol. 2 #13-18, November 2013
  • Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 4, hardcover, collects vol. 2 #19–24, Annual #2, June 2014

Millennium Editions[edit]

In 2000 and 2001, DC reprinted several of its most notable issues in the Millennium Edition series. Seven issues of Detective Comics were reprinted in this format.[75]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Action Comics has amassed more individual issues due to 42 issues (#601-642) in 1988–89 that were published weekly, and because of Detective Comics '​ bimonthly run from 1973 to 1975. The American record-holder for most issues published is Dell Comics' Four Color series, which amassed more than 1,300 issues over a 23-year run.
  2. ^ "Detective Comics recognized by Guinness World Records as longest-running comic book periodical". DC Comics. July 25, 2009. Archived from the original on April 22, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012. "DC Comics President and Publisher Paul Levitz accepted an award on behalf of DC from the Guinness World Records, recognizing Detective Comics as the longest-running comic book periodical in the United States of America." 
  3. ^ Wallace, Daniel; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1930s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. "The launch of Detective Comics defined [Malcolm] Wheeler-Nicholson's young comics company and set it on an ascendant path within the industry...His smart business decision to partner with businessmen Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz on Detective Comics guaranteed that his company's third title would at least be solvent." 
  4. ^ Wallace "1930s" in Dolan, p. 21: "Alongside more typical fare...came the debut of the Crimson Avenger, the first masked crime fighter in comics."
  5. ^ Wallace "1930s" in Dolan, p. 24: "DC's second superstar debuted in the lead story of this issue, written by Bill Finger and drawn by Bob Kane, though the character was missing many of the elements that would make him a legend."
  6. ^ Cavna, Michael (February 27, 2010). "Batman, Superman comic books set records for sale price". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on April 21, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2012. 
  7. ^ Wallace "1930s" in Dolan, p. 25: "In November's Detective Comics #33, a two-page story titled 'The Batman and How He Came to Be' recounted the Dark Knight's tragic and driven origin."
  8. ^ Desris, Joe (1994). "Cops, Crooks, and Creeps". The Golden Age of Batman The Greatest Covers of Detective Comics From the '30s to the '50s. Artabras. p. 11. ISBN 0896600467. "Gotham City's most famous detective ultimately usurped the coveted cover position with issue 35." 
  9. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 31: "Writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane justified any hyperbole in this issue, for with the introduction of Robin, Batman's world changed forever."
  10. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 37: "One of Batman's most peculiar foes first appeared in this issue, and naturally he brought his trademark umbrella with him. The Penguin was a squat dandy with a beaked nose and a tuxedo."
  11. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 41: "The nightmarish Two-Face debuted as Batman's antagonist in this story by writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane."
  12. ^ Wallace, Daniel "1940s" in Dolan, p. 59: "The Riddler debuted as a perplexing foe of Batman in a story by writer Bill Finger and artist Dick Sprang."
  13. ^ Irvine, Alex "1950s" in Dolan, p. 80: "In the story 'The Batwoman' by writer Edmond Hamilton and penciller Sheldon Moldoff (as Bob Kane), Bruce Wayne took notice of a young admirer who...was fighting crime while wearing a bat-costume."
  14. ^ Daniels, Les (2004). Batman: The Complete History. Chronicle Books. ISBN 0-8118-4232-0. 
  15. ^ Irvine "1950s" in Dolan, p. 94: "The impish Bat-Mite made his first appearance in Detective Comics #267, care of writer Bill Finger and artist Sheldon Moldoff."
  16. ^ McAvennie, Michael "1960s" in Dolan, p. 103: "Scribe Bill Finger and artist Sheldon Moldoff reshaped the face of evil with the second - and perhaps most recognized - Clayface ever to challenge the Dark Knight."
  17. ^ a b Julius Schwartz' run on Detective Comics at the Grand Comics Database
  18. ^ McAvennie "1960s" in Dolan, p. 110: "The Dark Knight received a much-needed facelift from new Batman editor Julius Schwartz, writer John Broome, and artist Carmine Infantino. With sales at an all-time low and threatening the cancelation of one of DC's flagship titles, their overhaul was a lifesaving success for DC and its beloved Batman."
  19. ^ McAvennie "1960s" in Dolan, p. 122 "Nine months before making her debut on Batman, a new Batgirl appeared in the pages of Detective Comics...Yet the idea for the debut of Barbara Gordon, according to editor Julius Schwartz, was attributed to the television series executives' desire to have a character that would appeal to a female audience and for this character to originate in the comics. Hence, writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino collaborated on 'The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!'"
  20. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 143: "Artist Neal Adams and writer Denny O'Neil rescued Batman from the cozy, campy cul-de-sac he had been consigned to in the 1960s and returned the Dark Knight to his roots as a haunted crime fighter. The cover of their first collaboration, "The Secret of the Waiting Graves", was typical of Adams' edgy, spooky style."
  21. ^ Greenberger, Robert; Manning, Matthew K. (2009). The Batman Vault: A Museum-in-a-Book with Rare Collectibles from the Batcave. Running Press. p. 26. ISBN 0-7624-3663-8. "Editor Julius Schwartz had decided to darken the character's world to further distance him from the camp environment created by the 1966 ABC show. Bringing in the talented O'Neil as well as the innovative Frank Robbins and showcasing the art of rising star Neal Adams...Schwartz pointed Batman in a new and darker direction, a path the character still continues on to this day." 
  22. ^ Goulart, Ron, Ron Goulart's Great History of Comic books (Contemporary Books, Chicago, 1986) ISBN 978-0-8092-5045-5, p. 297
  23. ^ Daniels, Les (1995). "Revamping the Classics The Old Guard Gets a New Look". DC Comics: Sixty Years of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes. Bulfinch. p. 157. ISBN 0821220764. 
  24. ^ Greenberger and Manning, p. 177 "Adams helped darken Gotham City in the 1970s [and] the scene was set for a new host of major villains. One of the first was Man-Bat, who debuted in the pages of 1970's Detective Comics #400."
  25. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 145 "Before Batman first encountered one of his greatest adversaries, Ra's al Ghul, he met his daughter, the lovely but lethal Talia [in a story by] writer Denny O'Neil and artist Bob Brown."
  26. ^ Greenberger and Manning, p. 30: "It was Dick Giordano who, among many other similar feats, drew the March 1976 fan-favorite issue #457 of Detective Comics to illustrate the fabled Denny O'Neil yarn 'There is No Hope in Crime Alley'."
  27. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 174: "...first-time collaborators Steve Englehart and artist Marshall Rogers firmly entrenched Batman in his dark, pulp roots."
  28. ^ "Batman Artist Rogers is Dead". SciFi Wire, Syfy.com. March 28, 2007. Archived from the original on July 9, 2007. "Even though their Batman run was only six issues, the three laid the foundation for later Batman comics. Their stories include the classic 'Laughing Fish' (in which the Joker's face appeared on fish); they were adapted for Batman: The Animated Series in the 1990s. Earlier drafts of the 1989 Batman movie with Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight were based heavily on their work." 
  29. ^ Greenberger and Manning, p. 27: "Batman was now a true creature of the night, and every artist and writer team worth their creative salt wanted a piece of him. One of the greatest of such pairs consisted of writer Steve Englehart and artist Marshall Rogers...when Rogers joined Englehart in Detective Comics issue #471 (August 1977), their styles meshed with such ease that the result gave the impresssion of years' worth of collaboration."
  30. ^ Greenberger and Manning, p. 163: "In this fondly remembered tale that was later adapted into an episode of the 1990s cartoon Batman: The Animated Series, the Joker poisoned the harbors of Gotham so that the fish would all bear his signature grin, a look the Joker then tried to trademark in order to collect royalties."
  31. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 179: "Writer Len Wein and artist Marshall Rogers vividly depicted Batman's battle with a third Clayface."
  32. ^ Romero, Max (July 2012). "I'll Buy That For a Dollar! DC Comics' Dollar Comics". Back Issue (TwoMorrows Publishing) (57): 39–41. 
  33. ^ McAvennie "1970s" in Dolan, p. 183: "September's Detective Comics #485 featured...the League of Assassins' murder of Kathy (Batwoman) Kane [an event] that sent Batman out for revenge in a story by scripter Denny O'Neil and artist Don Newton."
  34. ^ Manning, Matthew K. "1980s" in Dolan, p. 193: "The comic responsible for DC's name reached its 500th issue with the help of a variety of talented comic book icons...In a dimension-spanning story by writer Alan Brennert and fan-favorite artist Dick Giordano, Batman traveled to an alternate Earth to save the parents of a young Bruce Wayne...Writer of pulp icon the Shadow, Walter Gibson, spun a prose story of the Dark Knight, illustrated by Tom Yeates."
  35. ^ Greenberger, Robert (December 2013). "Memories of Detective Comics #500". Back Issue (TwoMorrows Publishing) (69): 54–57. 
  36. ^ a b Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 200: "Killer Croc made his mysterious debut in the pages of Detective Comics #523, written by Gerry Conway, with art by Gene Colan...Croc would soon become a major player in Gotham's underworld."
  37. ^ Ellison, Harlan (w), Colan, Gene (p), Smith, Bob (i). "The Night of Thanks, But No Thanks!" Detective Comics 567 (October 1986)
  38. ^ Manning "1980s" in Dolan, p. 229: "In 'Year Two', a four-part sequel [to "Batman: Year One"] set in Batman's second year as a crime fighter, writer Mike W. Barr and artists Alan Davis and Todd McFarlane challenged the Caped Crusader with the threat of the Reaper."
  39. ^ Greenberger and Manning, p. 41: "In the pages of Detective Comics, Batman screenwriter Sam Hamm took advantage of that year's ongoing writers' strike to write a three-issue story entitled "Blind Justice", which culminated in that title's 600th issue."
  40. ^ Manning "1990s" in Dolan, p. 274: "['Legacy'] kicked into full speed in the anniversary issue of Detective Comics (#700), which came with a unique envelope wrapping."
  41. ^ Cowsill, Alan "2000s" in Dolan, p. 318: "'Detective Comics 800th issue was extra large to celebrate the comic's anniversary and set up a new direction for the Dark Knight...Scripted by Andersen Gabrych and pencilled by Pet Woods, the issue took Batman back to basics."
  42. ^ Phegley, Kiel (July 14, 2012). "Snyder Goes Exclusive With Detective Comics". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
  43. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 41: "The inaugural issue of Boy Commandos represented Joe Simon and Jack Kirby's first original title since they started at DC though the characters had debuted earlier that year in Detective Comics #64."
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Further reading[edit]

  • Jones, Gerard (2004). Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book. Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-03657-0. 

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