Bat-Timeline – “Batman in 1970”

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The days of “Pow, Zap, and Wham!” of the 1960s and well as the 
sci-fi silliness of the 1950s was gone starting in January of 1970. 
The Dark Knight was back! 
JANUARY: Batman returned to his dark roots and back to being a “Creature of the Night” starting with DETECTIVE COMICS#395 under the helm of writer Dennis O’Neil and artist Neal Adams. This issue’s story, “The Secret of the Waiting Graves,” is a classic Batman tale and would set the tone for the dark and serious that we’ve known for the last 45 years.

JUNE: Kirk Langstrom becomes Man-Bat in DETECTIVE COMICS #400. Over the years, Man-Bat would sometimes be a foe and sometime and ally of The Dark Knight.

NOVEMBER: “The Bat-Squad” appeared for the first time in THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #92.

NOVEMBER: The Ten-Eyed Man made his debut in BATMAN #226.

NOVEMBER: The League of Assassins appears for the first time in a Batman comic book in DETECTIVE COMICS #405.

DECEMBER: Writer Denny O’Neil and artist Neal Adams reimagine a classic Batman story, “Batman Versus the Vampire” from DETECTIVE COMICS #31 (1940), in BATMAN #227. The story, titled “The Demon of Gothos Mansion.”

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Lifelong Batman fan Bill "Jett" Ramey is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Batman-On-Film.com. 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.