Batman is one of the most iconic characters in comic book history, with a history spanning over 80 years. Created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger in 1939, Batman is the alter-ego of billionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, who uses his vast resources and advanced combat skills to fight crime in the streets of Gotham City.

The character’s popularity has transcended the comic book medium, appearing in various adaptations across film, television, and video games. The character’s dark and brooding persona has been portrayed by several actors, including Michael Keaton, Christian Bale, and Ben Affleck.

One of the most interesting aspects of Batman’s character is his origin story, which depicts the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents at the hands of a mugger when he was just a child. This tragic event spurs Bruce to dedicate his life to fighting crime and seeking justice, eventually leading him to don the cowl of the Batman.

Batman’s rogues gallery is one of the most iconic and varied in all of comic book history, featuring villains like The Joker, The Penguin, and Catwoman. The character’s complex relationships with these villains often serve to highlight his own internal struggles and demons.

Throughout his history, Batman has undergone numerous transformations, including the famous 1960s “camp” era, the gritty and realistic tone of the 1980s and 90s, and the more recent focus on his role as a member of the Justice League.

Despite these changes, Batman’s enduring popularity shows no signs of waning, and the character continues to be a fan favorite across all forms of media. Whether you’re a lifelong fan or a newcomer to the character, there’s always something new to discover in the world of the Dark Knight.

Some of the most collected Batman comic books include:

  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #1-4 (1986) by Frank Miller – A groundbreaking series that explored Batman’s return to crime fighting at the age of 55, and has had a major impact on the character’s portrayal in modern media.
  • Batman #1 (1940) by Bob Kane and Bill Finger – The first issue of Batman’s solo series, featuring appearances by the Joker and Catwoman.
  • Batman #404-407 (1987) by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli – A four-issue storyline exploring the early days of Batman’s crime fighting career.
  • Batman: The Killing Joke (1988) by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland – A controversial one-shot graphic novel that explores the Joker’s origin and his brutal attack on Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl).
  • Batman: Year One #404-407 (1987) by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli – Another four-issue storyline exploring Batman’s first year fighting crime in Gotham City.
  • Batman #251 (1973) by Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams – Featuring the first appearance of the classic Batman villain Ra’s al Ghul.

These are just a few examples of the many highly collectible Batman comics out there. With over 80 years of history and a massive fan base, Batman remains one of the most iconic and enduring superheroes of all time.

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