Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

72 years ago today, “The Batman” made his debut in Detective Comics #27 and the world would never ever be the same.

Starting as a relatively generic pulp-hero, Batman had his utility belt and his pal Jim Gordon, but his iconic rogues gallery (including the Joker) didn’t really appear on the scene until Batman #1 in 1940.

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Comment by Tome Wilson on April 26, 2011 at 2:09pm

At the time, Batman wasn't that far different from other vigilante pulp heroes.

He was the best at everything humans could excel at, had millions of dollars and an entourage, and could bed any woman he wanted.  I suspect it was the superhero boom and the sharp decline in pulp-hero books (The Spider, Doc Savage, et al.) that really cemented his place in American culture.  After the superhero glut, we were all rooting for the underdog that didn't have mutant/alien powers.

Why the Hornet didn't stick around as well, I'll never know.  I blame the curse of Bruce Lee.

Comment by Jonathan Grimm on April 26, 2011 at 1:49pm

I actually got into a massive argument about Batman yesterday on the date of his birth (as it were).  I made the mistake of telling  abatfanatic that I enjoyed the Green Hornet more and well, you can imagine the response I got, how the Green Hornet was just a cheap batman rip off and how the villians weren't as cool.

Now I will admit that the Bat does have cool toys and villians, but to say that the Green hornet was just a cheap rip off when his first appearance was 3 years BEFORE the bat......


So although I am not a big batman fan i wish bruce a happy birthday.....

I wonder what the Joker got him.

Comment by Larry on April 25, 2011 at 10:36pm

"Where does he get those wonderful toys?"

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