Updated on 16 October, 2021
Batman Detective Comics #1: A Hard-Busted Start It is a rare comic book to start with. Everything must begin somewhere. This issue, like all other Batman issues, starts with an important story event. While this particular issue, as previously mentioned, doesn't feature any major first appearances of various characters or important events within the life of an important super hero, it is, above everything else, the single most important Batman comic book with which DC Comics has come together. Writer Scott Lobdell and artist Michael Lark draw the world of Batman through the eyes and words of the Dark Knight.
Batman Detective Comics #1 marks the first appearance of Two-Face, who was a masked vigilante who made his debut in the detective comics of Gotham City. With his shaved head and leather jacket, he looked like a typical James Bond villain. Two-Face would go on to become the villain of the Batman comics for several years. Throughout this run, Two-Face made numerous appearances as both a supporting character and as the main villain in various different Batman storylines. He was even featured in a story featuring the Riddler.
The second appearance of Two-Face was a surprise to the writers of Batman Detective Comics. Although Two-Face had never been shown to have any criminal past, he was still a fan favourite. For this reason, he was given a minimum value for his appearance in the comic books. This minimum value meant that fans could buy any number of Batman issues that featured Two Face without having to worry about paying the price for every appearance. The fact that this minimum value was applied to all appearances meant that a lot of people could get their favourite Batman character without breaking the bank.
Due to the massive success of the television series, a second television show, Batman: The Animated Series, was produced. Although the show lasted only one season, it managed to earn a record sales amount. This was largely due to the huge number of Batman episodes that were featured in the cartoon series. Due to the large number of cartoon appearances that were made, a lot of the older Batman comic books were re-printed in order to keep up with the times. For this reason, many of the Batman issues that featured Two Face, as well as many of the supporting characters, were re- reprinted in new editions at a minimum cost.
One particular Batman comic that was re-printed in some of the new editions was the Batman: The Dark Knight. Though not hugely successful in terms of a gross sale, the film did manage to make history, becoming the second movie in the Batman franchise to earn a record sale. The film featured the return of two beloved characters from previous Batman films, Robin and Catwoman. In addition, there were some exciting and mysterious additions to the Batman universe, such as the Riddler, The Penguin, and the Riddler's cyphers.
Another highly anticipated comic book was the Batman: Forever series. Following the events of the Dark Knight, the last Robin took over the Bat suit and Batman became Batman again, this time wearing the'symbol' of his identity, the Batman symbol. For this movie, there was no longer any interest in the Caped Crusader, so writers came up with the idea of making Batman into a more heroic figure, like Superman. However, the Batman: Forever series did enjoy a much higher sales total than any other Batman comic book, even the Dark Knight. With the success of the Batman: Forever series, other Batman stories were made, including the Dark Knight Rises.
The Dark Knight received mixed reviews from critics and fans. Some loved it, while others hated it. Because of its spectacular photography, breathtaking special effects, and powerful drama, the Batman: Dark Knight series was a box office smash, and earned the superhero a second, third, and fourth installment. The Dark Knight brought a new look to Batman, setting him apart from his previous appearances, while also introducing a darker, more intense Batman.
After the Batman movies and TV series, several more comic books featuring Batman were released. One of these was the Batman: Gotham City Rebirth, which started after the end of the Batman: Dark Knight. The storyline was retold, and the caped crusader returned as the hero he was known to be. The most recent of these comic books, the Batman: Endgame, reintroduced the character to those who had been left out of the Dark Knight storyline.