Bat-Timeline – “Batman in 1961”


APRIL: Bette Kane – Batman comics’ first incarnation of Batgirl (called “Bat-Girl” originally) – debuted in BATMAN #139.

JUNE: Batman and Robin are briefly turned into aliens in BATMAN #140.

DECEMBER: The Matt Hagen version of Clayface (called “Clay-Face” in this issue) was first featured in DETECTIVE COMICS#298. Unlike the original Clayface, Basil Karlo (who was an actor who wore disguises), the Hagen incarnation of the character was actually “clay” who could morph himself into just about anything he imagined. Hagen received this shape-shifting power after he accidentally fell into radioactive pool of protoplasm.

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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.