Bat-Timeline – “Batman in 1990”


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FEBRUARY: The all-knowing master of information, “Oracle,” is revealed to be Barbara Gordon in SUICIDE SQUAD #38.


APRIL: Grant Morrison’s 5-part “Gothic” story arc begins in LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT #6. It’s later released as the graphic novel, BATMAN: GOTHIC.


JUNE: Harold Allnut, the brilliant savant mechanic, debuts in BATMAN #448.


AUGUST: The 3-part story arc, “Dark Knight, Dark City,” begins in BATMAN #452 and features what is likely the first dark version of The Riddler.


SEPTEMBER: Set in the early days of Batman’s career, the post-CRISES version of Hugo Strange debuts in the 5-part “PREY” storyline in LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT.


DECEMBER: Harvey Dent’s origin as Two Face is told – in the days and style of BATMAN: YEAR ONE – in BATMAN ANNUAL #14. The story, “Eye of the Beholder,” was a major influence on how the character was portrayed in BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES.


DECEMBER: The graphic novel, BATMAN: BRIDE OF THE DEMON, is published.


DECEMBER: Tim Drake officially becomes Robin III – and sporting a new costume – in BATMAN #457.


By 1990, I was fully back as both a Batman fan and an avid reader of Batman comics.

I have the originals of all comics in my personal collection that are featured above…except the Two Face story, “Eye of the Beholder,” in BATMAN ANNUAL #14. I’ve read the reprinted story in various collections, but I got to get my hands on a copy of the original.

I was also a HUGE fan of the LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT series – with that title would be resurrected post-REBIRTH. – Bill “Jett” Ramey

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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.