Batman in Detective Comics #27

What Is Batman Day?



What Is Batman Day?

Is it Really the Anniversary of Batman’s First Appearance?

Batman, Robin, and Batgirl

Batman, Robin, and Batgirl


According to DC Comics, Batman Day is September 17.  Ok, that is nice, but what is it supposed to really mean? While any event celebrating the Dark Knight is worthy of celebration, September 17 is not, in reality, the anniversary of Batman’s First Appearance.

First, let us look at what DC Comics is saying about Batman Day:

From DC Comics official Batman Day announcement:

Get ready for the celebration of a legendary superhero who we all love, the Dark Knight himself, Batman. DC Entertainment has made it official, Saturday, September 17th 2016, will be BATMAN DAY.

The annual fan-favorite event, now in its third year, was first introduced to honor the iconic character’s 75th anniversary. 


Based on that statement, you typical Batman fan would naturally assume that Batman first appeared on a September 17 long, long ago.  Unfortunately, reality, and historical evidence, does not support this idea.

Batman’s first appearance was in the pages of a comic book called Detective Comics. In issue #27 of that title, DC Comics (then called National Comics), introduced a frightening vigilante in a Bat costume who called himself The Bat-Man.  The cover date on this comic is May, 1939.  So, does that mean that Batman Day should be in May? 

Detective Comics #27 Cover

Detective Comics #27 Cover

No, since the official cover date on comics is more an indicator of when the comics should be pulled from the shelf, rather than the actual publication date.  Multiple sources (including the Library of Congress Copyright Office’s Catalog of Copyright Entries for Periodicals for 1939), show the actual publication date of Batman’s first appearance as March 30, 1939!  That is the date that this now-historical issue of Detective Comics was copyrighted.

Detective Comics #27 -Real Date of Publication March 30, 1939

Detective Comics #27 -Real Date of Publication March 30, 1939

Thanks to Mark Seifert at Bleeding Cool for the original research on this topic.


So, while the geek in us loves the idea of Batman Day, the historian in us wishes that DC had picked a date that actually meant something.  Oh well, at least they got the year right!


Happy “Batman Day!”



Avengers # 1 Comic Book Review and Analysis

Avengers #1 (1963)

Review and Analysis

Avengers # 1 Cover 

Avengers # Cover Art


Avengers Vol. 1, #1

Title: “The Coming of the Avengers”

Writer: Stan Lee

Artist: Jack Kirby

Cover Art: Jack Kirby, Dick Ayers

Inks: Dick Ayers

Lettering: Sam Rosen


Superheroes: Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, Ant-Man, Wasp (The Avengers), the Fantastic Four (Cameo), Odin (Cameo)

Super-Villains: Loki and his ally, a Troll of the Isle of Silence

Supporting Characters: Rick Jones and the Teen Brigade, Jane Foster (Cameo)

1st Appearances:

The Avengers (as a team)

The Troll of the Isle of Silence

Significance of Avengers #1:

–This issue featured the origin and first appearance of the Avengers as a superhero team

–Rick Jones plays a hand in the formation of the Avengers. He will play a significant role in the history of the Avengers, as well as of the Hulk, Captain America, and Captain Marvel

–Loki appears as the first Avengers villian



Avengers # 1 Story Synopsis:

Loki in Avengers #1

Loki Plots Revenge from the Isle of Silence in the splash page from Avengers # 1

Loki, the evil half-brother of Thor, previously exiled to the Isle of Silence by Thor, wiles away his imprisonment devising plots with which to get revenge on the God of Thunder. Using his powers….Read the rest of the Synopsis and the Analysis of Avengers #1 HERE


ComicsHistory Review: Last of the Greats


The Last of the Greats

The Last of the Greats

Review: The Last of the Greats


Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Brent Peeples combined to create a different sort of superhero comic in “The Last of the Greats.” This is a look at what happens if superpowered beings actually were to appear on an Earth that has no history of superheroes or supervillains. When the “Greats,” appear (one per continent, except Antarctica), the world is at first thankful, as these powerful beings act as saviors to mankind. They end war, poverty, disease, and all of the usual negative and deadly human character traits. In doing so, they impose some restrictions, such as taking control of the worst weapons, and telling the human race that we can’t hurt each other anymore. Eventually, the human race rejects these six saviors, killing them off, until Earth is seemingly free of them.


However, when a large fleet of seemingly hostile aliens approaches Earth, representatives are sent to Antarctica to plead with the last surviving Great to intervene and, in effect, to become humanity’s savior. However, unlike his six siblings, the Last of the Greats holds humanity in utmost contempt, and refuses to provide aid. The end of the first book in this new series from Image Comics is a definite surprise, and I will not spoil it by describing the story further. I recommend that you…(Read the full review at http://www.historyguy.com/comicshistory/review_last_of_the_greats_1.htm)



Happy Birthday Aquaman: The King of Atlantis is 70 Years Old!


Aquaman– (Arthur Curry) –1st appearance: More Fun Comics #73 (Nov. 1941)  (Note: While the official publication date of Aquaman’s first appearance is November of 1941, the actual date More Fun Comics #73 hit newstands is October 25, 1941.)Aquaman is a human/Atlantean hybrid who first appeared in More Fun Comics #73 in November of 1941. As with many of the heroes who debuted in the early 1940s, Aquaman spent a large amount of time battling Axis villians. Nazi U-Boat (submarine) commanders were a favorite target of the King of the Seas… Read More at: http://www.historyguy.com/comicshistory/aquaman.htm


Jet City Comic Show 2011 Review

The Jet City Comic Show is the annual comic book show held in Seattle, Washington every year in September. This year’s comic show featured creators Dustin Nguyen and Nick Dragotta, while the primary media guest was William Katt, who played the Greatest American Hero in the television show of the same name in the early 1980s. The Jet City Show was held again this year atThe Seattle Center.
Randy Emberlin

This was the second annual Jet City Comic Show, and this year’s show was (in my humble opinion), better attended and better organized than the inaugural show last year. The vendors seemed like they were selling more comics and other geek accessories than last year, and this year several top guests were booked to appear at the show, and most of them made it to Seattle. Jet City put a lot of social media (facebook, twitter, etc.) effort into promoting the appearance of William Katt, the actor from the Greatest American Hero.


Jet City bills itself as Seattle’s only one-day comic show, setting it apart from its big sister, the Emerald City Comicon, held in March. Emerald City is more like a mini-San Diego Comicon, which is to say it is as much a pop culture show as a comic show. Jet City is still a Comic Show, first and foremost. It serves as a good place for comic dealers and comic buyers to meet and engage in the original intent for the comic show concept: the buying and selling of the source code of comic pop culture, the Comic Book! 

The staff of the show were friendly and professional, the facility was clean and well-suited for hosting the show, and it looked like a LOT of comics and other related items exchanged hands. One table in particular bears mentioning. In October, Seattle will see the first Geek Girl Con, which bills itself as “promoting awareness of and celebrating the contribution and involvement of women in all aspects of the sciences, science fiction, comics, gaming and related Geek culture through conventions and events that emphasize both the historic and ongoing contribution and influence of women in this culture.” The ladies at the Geek Girl table showed a lot of enthusiam and have made a very good showing at using social media to attract folks to their con, which runs October 8 and 9 in Seattle.

Read the full review of the Jet City Comic Show here…