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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Batman – Year One
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The Wednesday Club’s Comic Picks: Batman – Year One

The Wednesday Club is Geek & Sundry’s weekly talk show chatting about all things comics. This week, hosts Matt Key, Taliesin Jaffe, and Amy Dallen talked about the early days of the Batman in the first issues of Detective Comics.

Matt led Taliesin and Amy through the first year of Batman comics, from the Dark Knight’s debut in Detective Comics #27 to his first namesake issue Batman #1. This Batman, called The Bat-Man, isn’t quite the same hero we all know now; he had no qualms about killing or using guns, the stories’ plots were much simpler and more juvenile, and characters like Alfred, The Joker, The Riddler, and the rest didn’t exist yet.

Batman was created in 1939 (as the antithesis to Superman) by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Finger didn’t receive credit for the character’s creation until recently, but his influence and contributions to Batman are undeniable.  “The Batman we know came almost entirely from Bill, [including] Gotham and the Batmobile,” said Matt.

Take a look at the gallery below for specific recommendations from the episode.

The hosts talked about almost all of the single issues from the first year of Batman in Detective Comics, along with Batman #1, which hit newsstands in 1940.

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Featured Image: DC Comics

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