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2014 is the 75th anniversary of the first published story featuring Batman, and Warner Brothers (the parent company of DC Comics) has been holding event throughout the year to celebrate the iconic character. Many of the biggest events are still ahead of us, including “Batman Day,” a celebration of the caped crusader on Wednesday, July 23rd. During the recent Special Edition NYC comic convention, DC held a Batman 75th Anniversary panel, during which they discussed some of the elements of Batman Day.
On July 23rd, comic book stores and book stores around the country will hold special promotions, parties, and celebrations of Batman Day. A big highlight of these events will be a free, commemorative comic book from DC. This comic will contain a reprint of the original Batman story, from Detective Comics #27 from Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Earlier this year the New 52 had a Detective Comics #27, in which Brad Meltzer (Identity Crisis) and Bryan Hitch reimagined the origin story. This will be included in the free comic. There will also be an unconventional story by Meltzer and designer Chip Kidd (Batman: Death by Design) that incorporates the original artwork from the first Detective Comics #27 in a new way.
There will be a different Batman Day for public libraries the following Saturday, July 26th. Events will vary, but all of the participating libraries will in some way be highlighting the tremendous Batman stories that have been told throughout the last 75 years. Some of the other events occurring this year that will focus on Batman is the releasing of the Batman ’66 Television series (starring Adam West and Burt Ward) on DVD and Blu-Ray for the first time, the new television Gotham to debut on Fox in the fall, and a slate of animated features, including Son of Batman (released in May) and Assault on Arkham, which is set in the universe of the video games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham Origins (coming in August).
Come back to Entertainment Fuse for further information on the Batman 75th anniversary celebrations.