For those of you not in the know, today is the day in which DC Comics has set aside to celebrate 75 years of Batman, or “Batman Day” as it shall forever be known. And for those of you who are in the know, you are aware of the fact that today isn’t really Batman’s birthday since his first appearance was in Detective Comics #27 which hit newsstands in May, not July, of 1939. Never one to let pesky facts get in the way, DC has determined that today is the day in which we celebrate Batman’s “birth.”
From DC’s website:
To mark the occasion, comic shops, bookstores and libraries all across the nation will be observing “Batman Day,” a full day devoted to all things Dark Knight! Participating comic shops and bookstores will give away free copies of DETECTIVE COMICS #27 SPECIAL EDITION, an updated take on the comic that first introduced Batman to the world. This extra-sized issue features stories by Brad Meltzer, Scott Snyder, Bryan Hitch and Sean Murphy, as well as Batman’s first adventure, Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” reprinted in full. In addition, it includes a sneak peek at Meltzer and Chip Kidd’s beautiful reimagining of the original Detective Comics #27.
The DC website also has a handy locator that you can use to find participating local comic book shops and bookstores.
How are you celebrating? Will you be attending any of the local festivities, or is reading a stack of your favorite Batman titles while wearing your fanciest Batman shirt sufficient?