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JANUARY: Lucius Fox – Wayne Enterprises’ second in command behind Bruce Wayne – makes his debut in BATMAN #307. Morgan Freeman would play the character years later on film in Christopher Nolan’s DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY.
When it comes to the Batman comics of 1979, I’m not sure how many I actually read. BUT, I did buy and still own ADVENTURE COMICS #462.
For some reason, I dug (and still dig) these “alternate universe” versions of Batman. And the fact that they killed off the original, 1939 version of Batman blew my mind!
I must say that without a doubt, the most important thing that happened in the world of Batman in 1979 was Mr. Uslan (my friend whom I call “Mr. U”) and Mr. Melniker secured the film rights to Batman. If this had not happened – along with Mr. U’s tireless efforts to see a “dark and serious” Batman film come to fruition – I don’t know what would’ve ultimately happened to this great character in the realm of cinema. – Bill “Jett” Ramey