Bat-Timeline – “Batman in 1985”


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APRIL: DC’s CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS streamlines DC’s 50 year history – and multiple Earths and realities – into one DC Earth with a neat and concise timeline. Gone from mainstream continuity are the Earth 2 members of the Batman Family, including Bat-Mite, Ace The Bat-Hound, and several other Golden Age Bat-characters. Robin II – Jason Todd – is also given a new origin story/background. Batman himself would be given a new and detailed origin story two years later in Frank Miller’s BATMAN: YEAR ONE.

AUGUST: Organized crime boss Roman Sionis – A.K.A. “Black Mask” – debuted in BATMAN #385. Here’s how the character was described on this issue’s cover: “Crazier than The Joker! Deadlier than Ra’s Al Ghul! Introducing a new villain for the 80s…BLACK MASK!”

Sadly, I believe 1985 was the first year in my life since I was 3 or 4 years old that I didn’t buy or read a Batman comic book. In 1985, I was finishing up my first year in college and starting my second. While I still loved comics and Batman, it wasn’t “cool” to like that sort of stuff back in the 80s. While I do own an original copy of CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #1, I did not buy or read it until the early 1990s. Shame on me! BUT, that’s all about to change in 1986 with a little Batman story called THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS.


Share your memories of Batman in 1985 in the comments section below! – 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.