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  • Text advertisement at the top of the Cleo and Clancy page reads: The Batman! This new thrilling adventures trip starts in the May issue of Detective Comics! Don't miss it
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  • Advertisement for Detective Comics #27, Batman's 1st appearance
  • 1st cover appearance of Zatara
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  • 1st appearance of Batman
  • 1st appearance of Commissioner Gordon
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  • 2nd appearance of Batman
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  • 3rd appearance of Batman
  • 2nd cover appearance of Batman
  • 1st appearance of Doctor Death, the 1st Batman villain
  • 1st time Batman uses his utility belt
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  • 4th appearance of Batman
  • 2nd appearance of Dr. Death
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  • 1st appearance of The Monk, Batman's first costumed enemy
  • 1st appearance of Julie Madison, Bruce Wayne's girlfriend
  • Debut of the Batplane, called the Batgyro
  • Debut of the Batarang
  • *stories take place in New York City
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  • Batman shoots and kills Monk, a vampire
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  • Origin of Batman
  • 1st appearance of Joe Chill
  • 1st appearance and death of Thomas and Martha Wayne
  • Cover art by Bob Kane depicts Batman with a gun
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Robin
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  • 1st appearance of the Joker
  • *initially, the Joker was supposed to be killed in this issue at the insistence of co-creator Bill Finger who didn't want Batman to appear inept in his ability to subdue an enemy. A late addition to the story can be seen in the final Joker panel of the second story where the medics discover he is still alive after being stabbed in the heart
  • 1st appearance of the Cat, later renamed Catwoman (not in costume)
  • 2nd appearance of Robin
  • 2nd appearance of Hugo Strange
  • [Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman]
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Clayface, Basil Karlo
  • 1st cover appearance of the Joker in Detective Comics
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  • 1st cover appearance of Superman with Batman and Robin
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  • 1st mention of Gotham City
  • 1st appearance of Jack of Diamonds AKA Dr. Deegan
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  • 1st time Batman’s car is referred to as the Batmobile
  • 1st mention of Gotham City in Detective Comics
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  • Cover appearance of Superman, Batman and Robin
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  • 1st appearance of Batman and Superman in a story together
  • Batman and Superman join the JSA (honorary)
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  • 1st appearance of the Penguin
  • [November 2019 - Colin Farrell confirmed to play the Penguin in Matt Reeves' Batman film]
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  • Classic cover art by Fred Ray
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  • 1st appearance of the Batcave
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Two-Face
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  • 2nd cover appearance of The Penguin
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Alfred
  • *initially appeared overweight then later re-imagined as a thin man
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  • 1st cover appearance of the Batmobile
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  • Origin of the robot dinosaur found in the Batcave
  • Debut of new Catwoman costume, her first actual costume
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  • Classic story featuring Bob Kane's fictional account of how Batman was created
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  • 1st appearance of the giant penny that appears in the Batcave, recovered from crooks
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  • Origin of Batman
  • 1st cover appearance of the Bat-Signal
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  • 1st appearance of The Riddler
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  • 1st appearance of Batman in the 'Superman' title
  • Superman and Batman learn each other's identities
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  • Origin of Batman retold
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  • Origin of the Batcave
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  • 1st appearance of Chief Man-of-Bats, member of 'Batmen of all Nations'
  • 1st appearance of Raven Red
  • 1st appearance of the Bat-Marine, Batman's submarine
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  • 2nd appearance and origin of Martian Manhunter
  • Batman reveals that he operated under the Robin moniker when he was a boy
  • 1st appearance of Harvey Harris, an early mentor of Bruce Wayne
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  • Anniversary of Batman issue #100
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  • Origin of Batman's costume, Thomas Wayne was the original Batman
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  • Classic story 'The Rainbow Batman'
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  • Origin of Superman and Batman team-up retold
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Mr. Freeze, initially named Mr. Zero
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  • Marriage of Batman and Batwoman
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  • Origin of Batman retold
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  • 1st team appearance of the Justice League of America: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman
  • 1st appearance of Starro the Conqueror
  • [August 2020 - in the background of the Suicide Squad trailer, there appear to be Starro spores attached to the soldiers faces but we are unable confirm without a doubt that is what they are or that Starro will fully appear in the movie]
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  • Origin of the Superman/Batman team-up
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  • Origin of the Batcave
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  • Debut of Batman costume with yellow chest emblem
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  • 1st team-up of Batman and Green Lantern
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  • Includes the panel of Batman slapping Robin that is recognizable from many internet memes
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  • 1st appearance of Poison Ivy
  • Issue includes a pin-up poster
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  • Debut artwork on Batman by Neal Adams, inks over Carmine Infantino's pencils
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  • First work on the 'Batman' title by Neal Adams
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  • 30th Anniversary of Batman's introduction
  • Includes a reprint of Batman's first appearance in Detective Comics #27 - a censored version, redrawn to omit the image of a murder victim with a knife in his back
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  • 30th anniversary of Batman
  • Origin of Robin retold
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  • 1st Silver Age appearance of the Golden Age Batman
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  • 1st appearance of Ra's al Ghul
  • 2nd appearance of Talia al Ghul
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  • 1st team-up of Swamp Thing and Batman
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  • 1st mention of Arkham Hospital
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  • Death of Earth-Two Batman
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  • Batman and Catwoman first official date and romantic kiss
  • 1st appearance of Tim Fox, the son of Lucius Fox
  • *Tim will be reintroduced in Batman #101 (October 21) which could be a precursor to a larger role in John Ridley's much anticipated Batman story coming in 2021: *search Fox under character search to view other members of the family that will be featured in the upcoming Ridley arc
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  • One-shot 'Batman vs Hulk' DC/Marvel crossover
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Jason Todd
  • 2nd cameo appearance of Killer Croc
  • *this issue is cited as the first full appearance of Killer Croc but there is no difference in his depiction as a gangster in a trenchoat and fedora as first seen in Detective Comics #523. In Detective Comics #524, he is revealed to have crocodile features
  • *it should also be noted that this version of Jason Todd is not visually accurate to later versions and his origin is retconned in Batman #408
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  • Batman's 500th appearance in Detective Comics (pin-up poster by Bob Kane included)
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  • 2nd appearance and origin of The Outsiders
  • 1st cameo appearance of Baron Bedlam, a fighter with meta-human powers
  • 1st appearance of Dr. Jace, a scientist who activated the powers of superheroes
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  • 1st unofficial first appearance of Jason Todd in the original Robin costume, without Batman's permission
  • Appearances prior to this issue and in the first few pages, Jason Todd appears as a young man with red hair. Once he assumes the Robin costume, his hair color becomes black. In Batman and Robin #5 December 2009, Jason Todd explains that Bruce Wayne made him dye his hair black
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  • Origin of Batman
  • 1st appearance of Wrath
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  • 1st appearance of Carrie Kelley as Robin (alternate reality)
  • 1st cameo appearance of the Mutants and the Mutant Leader
  • First 'Prestige Format' issue, higher page count and a heavier card stock cover
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  • 1st full team appearance of The Mutants and the Mutant Leader, a futuristic street gang
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  • "Year One" part 1
  • Origin of Bruce Wayne
  • 1st appearance of Holly Robinson, becomes an ally of Catwoman
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  • 1st team appearance of the Justice League International (Batman, Booster Gold, Blue Beetle, Dr. Fate, Dr. Light, Guy Gardener, Martian Manhunter and Mister Miracle)
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  • 1st appearance of Damian Wayne, son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul, as a baby
  • *initially an Elseworlds type of story but retconned into continuity by Grant Morrison
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  • One-shot written by Alan Moore
  • The Joker shoots and paralyzes Barbara Gordon, she later becomes Oracle
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  • "A Death in the Family" part 1
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  • "A Death in the Family" part 2
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  • "A Death in the Family" part 3
  • Death of Robin, Jason Todd, beaten to death with a crowbar by the Joker
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  • "A Death in the Family" part 4
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  • 1st appearance of Kirigi, trained Batman, Bronze Tiger and member of the League of Assassins
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  • 1st appearance and origin of Bane
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  • Classic battle Batman vs Bane
  • Bane breaks Batman's back
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  • Azrael stands in for Batman after Bane breaks Bruce Wayne's back in Batman #497
  • Azrael defeats Bane
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  • One-shot 'Punisher/Batman: Deadly Knights'
  • 2nd crossover of Batman and Punisher
  • The Punisher chases Jigsaw to Gotham where he clashes with Batman and the Joker
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  • Hard-to-find three issue mini-series inspired by H.P. Lovecraft
  • Elseworlds series
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  • Variant cover art by Jim Lee
  • Retailer Round-Table meeting giveaway
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  • Classic battle Batman vs Joker
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  • 1st cameo appearance of Damian Wayne (the son of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul) in shadows
  • *this issue is often cited as Damian's first full appearance but aside from a panel showing his eyes, he is fully obscured by shadows
  • *it should also be noted that the 1987 graphic novel 'Batman: Son of the Demon' introduced a child of Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul but the story did not take place in the main DC story universe until Grant Morrison integrated portions of the graphic novel into the origin of Damian
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  • 1st appearance of Batman as a White Lantern
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  • Final issue of the first Detective Comics series (1937-2011)
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  • Premiere issue of the second volume of the Batman title
  • 1st cameo appearance of Harper Row, later becomes Bluebird
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  • 1st relaunch of the Detective Comics title
  • 1st cameo appearance of the Dollmaker (unseen)
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  • 75th Anniversary of Detective Comics
  • Short story titled '27' by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy which laid the foundation for the 'Last Knight On Earth' Black Label 3-issue miniseries
  • Concept: the first Bat-Man developed a cloning process where he could replicate himself as a young man who would have 27 years of effectiveness before restarting the process, explaining why Batman has been able to fight crime effectively for 80 years
  • 1st appearance of Gothamite
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  • First ongoing printed attribution given to Bill Finger as co-creator of Batman in the Detective Comics title
  • *75 years after Batman debuted, Bill Finger’s granddaughter settled a court case with DC to award credit to her deceased grandfather for the creation of Batman
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  • 1st meeting of Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
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  • Batman proposes to Catwoman
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  • 2nd cameo appearance of the Dark Multiverse Batmen (visible briefly, previous cameo obscured in shadows): The Drowned, The Dawnbreaker, The Red Death, The Batman Who Laughs, The Merciless, The Devastator, The Murder Machine
  • 1st appearance of Baby Darkseid
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  • Chronicles Batman and Catwoman's 1st date
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  • Marriage of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle
  • *Selina called-off the wedding which was revealed to readers by The New York Times prior to the issue coming out causing significant backlash against DC and the newspaper
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  • Premiere series in the DC Black Label launch which gives established creators creative freedom to explore characters and stories outside of continuity
  • Controversial issue: Bruce Wayne's genitalia
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  • Origin of Batman and Robin shortly after the death of Dick's parents
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Detective Comics #26 $1k $3k $7.5k
Action Comics #12 $2.1k $6.4k $27.8k
Detective Comics #27 $130k $390k $1.5M
Detective Comics #28 $7.2k $21k $68k
Detective Comics #29 $11k $33k $130k
Detective Comics #30 $1.8k $5.4k $20k
Detective Comics #31 $23k $68k $180k
Detective Comics #32 $1.4k $4.3k $18k
Detective Comics #33 $9k $27k $114k
Detective Comics #38 $7.2k $23k $84k
Batman #1 $25k $80k $365k
Detective Comics #40 $1.1k $3.1k $13k
New York Worlds Fair #2 $830 $2.5k $14k
Batman #4 $900 $2.7k $12k
Detective Comics #48 $310 $900 $3.8k
Worlds Best Comics #1 $1.4k $4k $16k
All Star Comics #7 $370 $1.1k $4.4k
Detective Comics #58 $650 $1.8k $7.8k
Worlds Finest Comics #5 $225 $680 $2.5k
Batman #12 $325 $975 $4k
Detective Comics #66 $785 $2.3k $10k
Batman #14 $325 $1k $4.1k
Batman #16 $675 $2k $8.7k
Batman #20 $285 $1.1k $3.5k
Batman #35 $120 $360 $1.4k
Real Fact Comics #5 $140 $420 $1.5k
Worlds Finest Comics #30 $90 $270 $980
Batman #47 $485 $1.5k $6.3k
Detective Comics #140 $1.1k $3.4k $14k
Superman #76 $270 $810 $3.4k
Detective Comics #190 $90 $280 $1.1k
Detective Comics #205 $90 $260 $950
Batman #86 $80 $230 $855
Detective Comics #226 $175 $525 $1.9k
Batman #100 $270 $810 $3.3k
Detective Comics #235 $85 $260 $955
Detective Comics #241 $175 $450 $1.1k
Worlds Finest Comics #94 $50 $150 $550
Batman #121 $280 $850 $5.7k
Batman #122 $45 $140 $500
Detective Comics #265 $45 $150 $495
Brave and the Bold #28 $950 $6.3k $74k
Adventure Comics #275 $20 $70 $230
Batman Annual #1 $45 $140 $835
Detective Comics #327 $12 $35 $190
Brave and the Bold #59 $10 $30 $140
Worlds Finest Comics #153 $8 $20 $75
Batman #181 $100 $350 $1.3k
Detective Comics #370 $8 $25 $110
Batman #200 $12 $45 $140
Detective Comics #387 $8 $25 $75
Batman #213 $8 $25 $110
Justice League of America #82 $4 $10 $40
Batman #232 $125 $365 $1.2k
Swamp Thing #7 $5 $15 $60
Batman #258 $7 $20 $90
Adventure Comics #462 $4 $12 $50
Batman #313 $15 $50 $150
DC Special Series #27 $20 $85 $250
Batman #357 $15 $50 $150
Detective Comics #526 $2 $8 $20
Batman and the Outsiders #1 $1 $3 $12
Batman #366 $3 $8 $20
Batman Special #1 $2 $5 $9
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1 $10 $30 $100
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #2 $5 $15 $50
Batman #404 $3 $8 $25
Legends #6 $2 $5 $8
Batman Son of the Demon #nn $2 $8 $25
Batman: The Killing Joke #1 $10 $30 $100
Batman #426 $2 $8 $18
Batman #427 $2 $5 $15
Batman #428 $2 $8 $30
Batman #429 $2 $5 $10
Batman #431 $1 $2 $3
Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1 $8 $20 $80
Batman #497 $1 $5 $15
Batman #500 $1 $2 $5
Batman / Punisher #nn $1 $2 $10
Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham #1 $1 $5 $15
Batman #608 Variant $120 $440 $1.6k
Batman #614 $1 $3 $6
Batman #655 $3 $9 $30
Brightest Day #14 $1 $2 $8
Detective Comics #881 $1 $2 $10
Batman #1 $4 $12 $40
Detective Comics #1 $1 $2 $9
Batman #0 $1 $2 $4
Detective Comics #27 $1 $2 $4
Detective Comics #46 $1 $2 $3
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 $1 $2 $8
Batman #24 $1 $2 $9
Dark Nights: Metal #2 $1 $3 $12
Batman Annual #2 $2 $3 $15
Batman #50 $1 $2 $4
Batman: Damned #1 $5 $18 $65
Batman #54 $1 $2 $3