Pub­lish­ers Weekly

Cover of Batman #1 (Spring, 1940). Art by Bob Kane.

Cov­er of Bat­man #1 (Spring, 1940). Art by Bob Kane.

DC Enter­tain­ment has announced plans for a year-long cel­e­bra­tion of the 75th anniver­sary of Bat­man, the icon­ic Gold­en Age com­ic book char­ac­ter that debuted in 1939 and helped to launch the super­hero genre. In addi­tion to hon­or­ing comics artist and writer Bob Kane, for many years cred­it­ed sole­ly with cre­at­ing Bat­man, it appears DC will begin to rec­og­nize comics writer Bill Fin­ger, long-rec­og­nized by the comics com­mu­ni­ty as Batman’s uncred­it­ed co-cre­ator as well as the writer of the first Bat­man script.

Along with Super­man, who first appeared in 1938, Bat­man con­tributed to growth of the pop­u­lar­i­ty of the super­hero genre as well as that of the tra­di­tion­al Amer­i­can com­ic book for­mat when the char­ac­ter first appeared. And much like Super­man, Bat­man remains enor­mous­ly pop­u­lar in the U.S. and around the world, to this very day.

DC, along with its par­ent com­pa­ny Warn­er Bros., have a wide vari­ety of plans for the celebration—from art exhibits to pub­lish­ing to movies and TV shows, mer­chan­dise and more—including a Bat­man Day on July 23, to be held in con­junc­tion with comics retail­ers around the coun­try. DC Enter­tain­ment has launched a web­site devot­ed to Batman’s 75th Anniver­sary and issued a release with details about the forth­com­ing cel­e­bra­tion.pw_subscribe