Happy Batman Day!
That’s right Batfans, today marks an important chapter in everyone’s life… Batman Day! Join DC Comics and millions of fans worldwide in celebrating the world’s most popular and significant cowled crimefighter. From the printed page through cinematic excursions and video game adaptations, the dark and scary one has been a major part of many peoples lives for over seven and a half decades.
My first encounter with the Caped Crusader was when my Mum purchased me an issue of Detective Comics when I was a mere six years old, this was not only the first time I had ever read a Batman comic, but was in fact the first comic book I had ever read. I remember reading the issue a dozen times over in one sitting and was eager to divert more of my attention to this amazing hitherto unseen world that contained fantastical characters who really captured my young imagination in a way nothing else previously had. I have been a huge fan of the Dark Knight since that time, and my Mum still to this day will occasionally buy me the odd Batman comic or gift, and has, over the years become a huge Batfan herself (she especially loves Michael Keaton’s portrayal, but also really enjoyed the more recent Nolan films.)
Detective Comics #466 marked my initial encounter with the masked manhunter, and told the tale of Batman’s clash with villain Signalman, not exactly an iconic member of Batman’s rogues gallery it has to be said, but it was my very first brush with a Supervillain. This amazingly nostalgic comic issue also introduced me to the fact that Batman shared a universe with other Superheroes, thanks to a very enjoyable back up story, that regaled the young me with the daring adventures of the Emerald Archer – Green Arrow.
So a very happy Batman Day to you, my bodacious Bat brethren, and why not sound off in the comments below about your very first rendezvous with the Dark Knight, and what you will be doing to celebrate another year in the company of Gotham’s favourite guardian angel.
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