In 2019, the world will spend 12 months celebrating the 80th anniversary of the birth of The Batman.
Well, I don’t know about the world, but I know BOF and I will be!
And if the world isn’t, it should, right? ANYWAY…
To get the Batman 80 party started early here on BOF, I decided to list — and attempted to rank — the most important things/moments/etc. in Batman history. And let me tell y’all…it was HARD.
Below you’ll find part one the unranked version of my list in chronological order. To find out how I rank them by importance, you’ll have to tune in to an upcoming episode of the BOF Podcast.
DETECTIVE COMICS #27 (1939)
Where it all started.
The Bat-Man was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and was introduced in the story, “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate.”
ON THE LIST BECAUSE: It was the very first appearance of Batman.
DETECTIVE COMICS #38 (1940)
Batman’s sidekick, junior partner, ward, and eventually adopted son, Dick Grayson was introduced as Robin in this issue of DC.
ON THE LIST BECAUSE: 1st appearance of Robin, The Boy Wonder.
BATMAN #1 (1940)
Published in the Spring of 1940, about a year after Batman’s first appearance in the aforementioned DETECTIVE COMICS#27, BATMAN #1 (Vol. 1) not only gave us Batman’s classic origin story, but it also introduced the world to Catwoman (known originally as “The Cat”), as well as the most famous and the greatest comic book villain ever, The Joker.
ON THE LIST BECAUSE: Introduced Catwoman, The Joker, Batman’s origin story, and was the very first “Batman only” comic book.
THE BATMAN (1943)
Columbia Picture’s 1943 movie serial, THE BATMAN, was the first live-action/on film incarnation of the character. It starred Lewis Wilson as The Batman/Bruce Wayne and Douglas Croft as Robin/Dick Grayson.
ON THE LIST BECAUSE: 1st live-action adaptation of Batman on film.
BATMAN, which aired from 1966 to 1968 on ABC, was the first live-action Batman TV series.
Starring Adam West as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Burt Ward as Robin, BATMAN was a cultural phenomenon and produced the first wave of “Batmania” in the character’s history.
Furthermore, BATMAN arguably saved Batman as the character’s popularity was at an all-time low and his comics were on the verge of cancelation.
The TV series also spawned the live-action film BATMAN in 1966.
ON THE LIST BECAUSE: 1st Batman live-action TV series; 1st round of “Batmania;” pop culture phenomenon; helped save Batman.
Alright, there’s 5 of my top 10 listed in chronological order. What do you think will round out my entire top 10 list? Well, CLICK HERE for Part 2!
What’s your take on the ones that are listed here? Post your thoughts in the comments section below! – Bill “Jett” Ramey