Batman Turns 75!
Batman turns 75 this year! Somewhere, Bob Kane is telling people how he invented Batman’s 75th Birthday.
A brief timeline of Batman!
1939 - Batman appears in Detective Comics in what will be the last actual mystery/ sleuthing story Batman will ever appear in despite title of “World’s Greatest Detective”. A pretty obvious rip-off of Zorro, The Shadow and a half-dozen other pulp characters, Batman manages to do what Superman did with science fiction and somehow become the melting pot for pre-existing characters, existing as the one who would survive the 20th Century by getting better media exposure.
1939 - Batman sensibly uses gun
1940 - Batman unsensibly disarms himself
1940 - Dick Grayson is added in Detective Comics #38, leading to conversations by post-1986 fans of Batman talking about how a Batman with Robin makes no sense and how the early stories were better. All 74 years of them.
1943 - Insane/ kinda racist movie serials made that actually probably show you exactly what the “Batman is more realistic than Superman” and “Batman is cool because anyone can be Batman” theories look like put into practice. (ie: inept man-child and teenager look like circus people, bumble around)
1947 - Seriously. nobody gives a shit about Batman anymore and won’t for quite some time.
1950’s - Batman and Robin are outed by famed pschologist, Fredric Wertham. Batwoman and Batgirl suddenly introduced. Ace the Bathound. Batmite makes perfect sense. Batman’s chin so sharp, can open aluminum cans. Gigantic props litter Gotham.
1950’s - Batman comics are f’ing nuts.
1960’s - some really cheap cartoons get produced
1966 - Batmania! ”Batman” appears on CBS starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Kids have no idea it’s a comedy. Popular culture has notion solidified that all appearances of superheroes in media must be portrayed as a very particular flavor of camp. Show actually only runs three years, but gives us trifecta of Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt and Lee Meriwether in decidedly well designed Catwoman suits. Introduces notion of Batgirl and makes the Batmobile the coolest car in America. Apparently, West and Ward had a non-stop, three year sexual smorgasbord.
1966 - DC decides not to cancel Batman comics, which it was about to do. Seriously.