Bat-Timeline – “Batman in 1976”


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JANUARY: Man-Batman gets his own monthly series that would only last two issues.

JANUARY: Lady Shiva — a future Batman villain and ally — makes her debut in RICHARD DRAGON: KUNG-FU FIGHTER #5.

MARCH: Leslie Thompkins makes her debut into the Batman mythos in the classic Batman story “There Is No Hope In Crime Alley” in DETECTIVE COMICS #457. Art by Dick Giordano and story by Dennis O’Neil.

SEPTEMBER: The Dark Knight battles The Black Spider for the first time in DETECTIVE COMICS #463.

NOVEMBER: Batman and Robin were part of this DC Comics tie-in to the animated TV series.

Of these three 1976 Batman comics, I only owned DETECTIVE COMICS #457. It’s story – “There’s No Hope In Crime Alley” – is one of my favorite all-time Batman stories and made BOF’s list of the best 10 Batman stories for Batman 75.


While I don’t recall ever buying and/or reading the SUPER FRIENDS comic book, I did love that Saturday morning cartoon as a child. I don’t know how many of y’all can remember how big of a deal it was as a kid to wake up on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons.

Overall, 1976 — which of course marked the Bicentenial of the United States — was not a big year for our Caped Crusader. But that wouldn’t be the story come 1977. – Bill “Jett” Ramey

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A life-long Batman fan, Bill "Jett" Ramey is the founder of BATMAN ON FILM. His passions include Dallas Cowboys football (fan since birth/season ticket holder since 2000), Elvis Presley, Rock music, cold beer, dive bars, the city of Austin, his summer house in Minnesota, the University of Texas Longhorns and...THE BATMAN (fan for 50+ years)! He resides in the great state of Texas with his lovely wife ("Announcer Rachel"), his youngest son, and 1.5 Boston Terriers.