Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a fictional comic book superhero co-created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger (although only Kane receives official credit) and published by DC Comics. The character first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a wealthy industrialist, playboy, and philanthropist. Witnessing the murder of his parents as a child leads him to train himself to physical and intellectual perfection and don a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime. Batman operates in the fictional Gotham City, assisted by various supporting characters including his sidekick Robin and his butler Alfred Pennyworth, and fights an assortment of villains influenced by the characters' roots in film and pulp magazines. Unlike most superheroes, he does not possess any superpowers; he makes use of intellect, detective skills, science and technology, wealth, physical prowess, and intimidation in his war on crime.
Back when Superman created the concept of the modern superhero, DC Comics had no idea that someone else might ever come along and smack the idea of a superhero upside the head. They figured this immortal, all-powerful, all-moral guy would be able to coast along on its one-track catch-bad-guys story forever. I'll grant that that's pretty much exactly what happened, but DC has had to invent some trippy things in order to keep Superman fresh and interesting. Some, like Smallville and the stories told … more
The single greatest comic book superhero of all time. Created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger and making his first appearance in Detective Comics, Issue #27 published in 1939, Batman is easily the crowning achievement of the superhero genre. He's one of the most iconic characters (perhaps second only to Superman himself) and he's had some of the best artists and writers work on his multiple comics titles over the years. In terms of character, Batman is … more