Batman Family

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This article is about the DC Comics series. For the group of characters loosely known as the "Batman family", see List of Batman supporting characters.
Batman Family
Cover of Batman Family #1 (September-October 1975)
Art by Mike Grell.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Bi-monthly
Format Ongoing series
Publication date September-October 1975 - October-November 1978
Number of issues 20, then 15 more as part of Detective Comics
Main character(s) Batman
Creative team

Batman Family was a DC Comics comic book series which ran from 1975 to 1978, primarily featuring stories starring supporting characters in the Batman comics. The term is often used to refer to the extended cast of characters of comics books associated with Batman.

Publication history[edit]

The Batman Family title proper ran twenty issues from September-October 1975 to October-November 1978 [1] and featured solo and team-up stories starring Batgirl and Robin.[2] The lead story in the first issue teaming Batgirl and Robin was originally intended for publication in an issue of 1st Issue Special.[3] The series additionally featured reprints of Golden Age and Silver Age stories. Many issues of Batman Family featured Batman supporting characters such as Alfred Pennyworth, Vicki Vale, the Elongated Man, the Huntress, and Ace the Bat-Hound. Writer Bob Rozakis introduced the Duela Dent character in issue #6 (July–August 1976)[4] and revived the original Batwoman in issue #10 (March–April 1977).[5] Man-Bat began appearing as a regular feature with issue #11 (May-June 1977).[6] Batman Family converted to the Dollar Comics format with issue #17 (April–May 1978).[7]

DC published several other ... Family titles concurrent with Batman Family. These included The Superman Family (1974–82), Super-Team Family (1975-1978) and Tarzan Family (1975–76). As a rule, DC's ... Family titles contained mostly reprints, and featured a higher page count (and higher price) than DC's normal books. Its final issue, #20, ran with no advertisements.

Merger with Detective Comics[edit]

In 1978, after the DC Implosion, it was decided that DC Comics' long-running flagship title Detective Comics was to be terminated with #480. The decision was overturned following strenuous arguments on behalf of saving the title within the DC office. Despite being the better selling title, Batman Family was instead merged with Detective, converting that book into a $1 68-page giant as of Detective #481 (Dec. 1978-Jan. 1979).[8] This arrangement lasted 15 issues. With issue #496 (November 1980) Detective reverted to its traditional size and price — thus effectively canceling Batman Family for good.

2002 Series[edit]

In 2002 DC published an eight-issue miniseries, Batman: Family, written by John Francis Moore. The first six issues were illustrated by Stefano Gaudiano and Rick Hoberg. Steve Lieber replaced Hoeberg on issues seven and eight.[9]

Collected Editions[edit]

  • Batgirl: The Greatest Stories Ever Told includes Batgirl stories from Batman Family #1 and #9, 160 pages, December 2010, ISBN 978-1401229245

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 'Batman Family' at the Grand Comics Database
  2. ^ McAvennie, Michael; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1970s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. Dorling Kindersley. p. 164. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. DC launched Batman Family with its memorable debut of the Batgirl-Robin team. Scribe Elliot S! Maggin and artist Mike Grell unleashed 'The Invader From Hell'. 
  3. ^ Abramowitz, Jack (April 2014). "1st Issue Special It Was No Showcase (But It Was Never Meant To Be)". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (71): 44. 
  4. ^ Rozakis, Bob (w), Novick, Irv (p), McLaughlin, Frank (i). "The Joker's Daughter!" Batman Family 6 (July–August 1976)
  5. ^ Rozakis, Bob (w), Brown, Bob (p), Colletta, Vince (i). "Those Were The Bad Old Days!" Batman Family 10 (March–April 1977)
  6. ^ Stroud, Bryan (July 2014). "A History of the Man-Bat". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (73): 22–23. 
  7. ^ Romero, Max (July 2012). "I'll Buy That For a Dollar! DC Comics' Dollar Comics". Back Issue! (TwoMorrows Publishing) (57): 39–41. 
  8. ^ Wells, John (October 24, 1997), "'Lost' DC: The DC Implosion", Comics Buyer's Guide (1249): 132 
  9. ^ 'Batman: Family' at the Grand Comics Database

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