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Holy Anniversary, Batman, it’s been 80 years…

It’s WHAM!/BAM!/AMAZING! to think that Batman is now 80 years old, the superhero first having appeared in the comic book ‘Detective Comics #27’ as ‘The Bat-Man’ in May, 1939.

Since then, Batman has gone on to star in graphic novels, feature films, TV series and of course video games to become one of the most well-known superheroes out there.

In fact, Batman is the single most successful superhero film franchise in history and there have been more theatrical movies released based on him than on any other comic book character.

If you’re wondering why you’ve seen Batman cropping up all over the shop lately (quite literally, when it comes to toy merchandising) and appearing in films – from cameos (The Lego Movie 2) to standalone features (the forthcoming Batman reboot), it’s probably because its the dude’s 80th anniversary. That, and the fact DC Comics is making shitloads of money from the comic icon.

Ardent fans of the Caped Crusader would be thrilled to know that a reissue of the bi-monthly comic Batman: Last Knight on Earth will be hitting stores May 29th, 2019, under the DC Black Label imprint, Paste. Yes, you’ve got to get specific with these things when it comes to shopping in a comic store.

I’m pretty sure they’ll also be preparing for the next ‘Batman Day’ which this year has been shifted to September 15. You can expect comic retailers, book stores and even libraries to be putting on all sorts of extravagant events in celebration of one of the world’s most famous superheroes.

Of interesting note, Batman is the single most successful superhero film franchise in history and there have been more theatrical movies released based on him than on any other comic book character.

And in the ever-competitive gaming world, Batman: Arkham is considered the greatest comic book video game of all time

Now if they’d only hurry up in finishing post-production on the highly anticipated Joker movie, I’ll be really smiling.

Antonino Tati

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