Batman Timeline – “Batman in 1950”


DECEMBER/JANUARY: Batman and Robin head down to the fictional South American country of Mantegua to help set up the crime-fighting career of its own version of Batman, “Bat-Hombre.”

When Bat-Hombre eventually turned out to be a criminal, Batman was able to take him down. The character of Bat-Hombre was the forerunner to “El-Gaucho” and more Batman-inspired heroes in the comics that would soon be introduced as the “Batmen of All Nations.”

FEBRUARY: The Batmobile gets an upgrade in “The Batmobile of 1950” (DETECTIVE COMICS #156). This Batmobile includes the famous Bat-head front grill and even a crime lab in the back! Michael Uslan – the executive producer of the Batman film franchise – ranks DETECTIVE COMICS #156 one of the greatest Batman comics in Batman history.

JUNE/JULY: The villain Deadshot (Floyd Lawton) first appears in BATMAN #59. The original version of Deadshot looked nothing like his present day incarnation as the character sported a top hat and tails.

Also in this issue, Batman and Robin time-travel to 2050 and meet Gotham City Police Chief Rokej, who looks a lot like their arch-enemy, The Joker.

And, the cover of BATMAN #59 features Batman and Robin…IN SPACE!

OCTOBER: The Batsignal – all it can do and its various incarnations – were featured in DETECTIVE COMICS #164.

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER: The Batplane II is introduced in BATMAN #61.

NOVEMBER: Batman starts to add crazy suits to his Bat-wardrobe in DETECTIVE COMICS #165 as the following Bat-suits were featured: Gold Bat-suit, cellophane Bat-suit, glow-in-the-dark Bat-suit, space Bat-suit, glider wing Bat-suit, space Bat-suit, underwater Bat-suit, fireproof Bat-suit, and a Bat-suit that when wore by Robin, will make him look like Batman!

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Lifelong Batman fan Bill "Jett" Ramey is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of His passions include Dallas Cowboys football, Elvis Presley, Rock music, cold beer, dive bars, the University of Texas Longhorns, and of course, Batman. He resides in the great state of Texas with his lovely wife ("Announcer Rachel") and his .5 Boston Terrier.