Batman Timeline – “Batman in 1957”


MARCH: The classic story, “The Rainbow Batman,” was featured in DETECTIVE COMICS #241.

This story was the inspiration for the BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD episode titled, “Emperor Joker!”

APRIL: Robin inhales “maturing gas,” becomes an adult, and becomes “Owl Man” in BATMAN #107. And of course, eventually goes back to being Robin.

JUNE: The history of the Batarang – as well as a detail of Batman’s collection – was found in DETECTIVE COMICS #244.

JUNE: The Joker and Lex Luthor team up for the very first time in any medium in WORLD’S FINEST COMICS #88. The Joker drives and Lex rides shotgun, FYI.

SEPTEMBER: After becoming afraid of bats due to the shenanigans of Prof. Milo, Bruce Wayne shuns the Mantle of the Bat and becomes “Starman” in DETECTIVE COMICS #247.

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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.