2014 marked a banner year for graphic novels. Superheroes and anime being all the rage, and Comic Con wrapping up its 45th Anniversary, it’s not surprising that Batman turns 75 years old this year!
The first story published in 1939, originally written for pulp genre, established Batman as a counterpart to Superman. With his famous bat shaped caped was inspired by a sketch from Leonardo da Vinici, parts of his character can be traced to Zorro and The Scarlet Pimpernel, while other parts shadow pulp characters like The Shadow, Dick Tracy and Sherlock Holmes.
Robin, Catwoman, the Joker, Killer Croc and Harley Quinn added to his dark and mysterious adventures. Over the years Batman’s universe expanded, from alternate versions of the "Caped Crusader", to a jump from print to television and movies, and beyond. Batman continues to make his mark in and outside of the comic book universe.
Comic Con hosted an all-star panel of the people who were instrumental in creating and developing this legendary hero. You can read about the event here. (A tribute short video dedicated to Batman's 75th Anniversary was made by producer Bruce Timm - check it out!)
Batman: Arkham Unhinged #1 by Derek Fridolfs, Marly Halpern-Graser, Sefton Hill, Paul Crocker, Mike Miller (Illustrator)
In these stories originally available only online and tying into the bestselling videogame BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY, Dr. Hugo Strange has gained control of Arkham Asylum and is determined to keep the city's criminal element behind bars. But with Catwoman and Two-Face still on the loose, Strange will go to any lengths to capture them - even if it means battling Batman along the way.
Batman: Streets of Gotham, Vol. 1: Hush Money (Batman: Streets of Gotham #1) by Paul Dini, Dustin Nguyen (Illustrator), Derek Fridolfs (Illustrator)
How will the police feel about this new Batman -- and can he control the crime in Gotham the way the old Batman did? Commissioner Gordon's about to find out as teams with the new Batman to combat the fiery threat that Firefly has spread across Gotham City. Then, Bruce Wayne has seemingly returned,, promising to lead his city into a new golden age. But while this phony devotes his fortune to rebuilding Gotham City, he fights violent opposition from Batman, Robin and a host of DC Universe heroes
Nightwing, Vol. 3: Death of the Family (Nightwing Vol. III #3) by Kyle Higgins, Eddy Barrows (Illustrations)
After having his face sliced off one year ago, the Joker makes his horrifying return to Gotham City! But even for man who's committed a lifetime of murder, he's more dangerous than ever before. The Joker sets his twisted sights on the members of the Bat-Family and attacks them all where it hurts—and for Dick Grayson, that means going after the family he's built up for the past year at Haly's Circus!