BOF’s BATMAN TIMELINE – “Batman in 1943”

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APRIL: Villains Tweeledee and Tweedledum are introduced in DETECTIVE COMICS #74.


APRIL/MAY: Alfred the butler is introduced in BATMAN #16. The original version of Aflred (who’s first sir name was “Beagle,” not “Pennyworth”) was depicted as a short and portly as opposed to the tall and thin version we know best.

BATMAN #16 (1943)

JULY: Batman hits the silver screen for the first time in Columbia Picture’s 15-chapter serial titled THE BATMAN. Lewis Wilson and Douglas Croft starred as Batman and Robin respectively.

OCTOBER: Batman moves into the medium of the newspaper comic strips – which was considered more prestigious than monthly comic books at the time – with a daily strip titled BATMAN AND ROBIN.

NOVEMBER: Mortimer Drake, AKA “The Cavalier,” debuts in DETECTIVE COMICS #81 and goes on to become another recurring Bat-foe.

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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.