Happy birthday to a person who digs BATMAN! I know a lot of people with birthdays in April, and I'm digging that fact! I also have a few friends who don't have a birthday today, but love Batman, so I'm guessing this will be a favorite... so I couldn't phone in the doodle (though I did think about it). I chose a style kind of similar to the Maleficent doodle I did.
Batman is a fan favorite around the world. Becoming one the the most well known characters to date. To be honest, following the hit of Superman, he had a pretty big shadow to fight his way out of... or maybe that's just why Batman did so well... he was born in the shadows!
In 1939, DC Comics was looking for a new superhero to follow in the footsteps of Superman. Then editor, Vin Sullivan, turned to gag cartoonist Bob Kane to design a new hero. Bob Kane, along with writer Bill Finger, would go on to conceive one of the most popular and enduring characters of the twentieth century—the Batman.
“The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” (the very first Batman story) was written by Finger and drawn by Kane and was published in Detective Comics #27, hitting newsstands on March 30, 1939 (cover date: May 1939). Even though it was only 6 pages long, and reprinted several times, Detective Comics #27 continues to be one of the most highly sought after comics among collectors and fans. In fact, a copy of Detective Comics #27 sold for $1.07 million in 2010. In 1939, it sold for ten cents, but it moved enough copies to merit more stories featuring the Caped Crusader.