It’s Batman Day! Seventy-five years ago, a bouncing baby Dark Knight entered the world via Detective Comics #27, and he’s been kicking ass and taking names ever since. He’s had a few Robins, a kid, and now has a Bat-family to call his own, and we couldn’t love him more.
DC has been promoting Batman Day for months, making sure The Bat gets his propers. Tomorrow, comic book stores and libraries all over the country are going to be throwing Bat-birthday parties – my own Queens Library Pomonok branch included! – so make sure you get to your nearest party station and get in on the fun.
Here’s an excerpt from DC’s blog post about Batman Day, so you get an idea of what’s in store:
Batman is celebrating his 75th anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion, comic shops, bookstores and libraries by the hundreds will be observing “Batman Day,” a full day devoted to all things Dark Knight! On Wednesday, July 23, 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. Then on Saturday, July 26, libraries nationwide will get in on the fun with Batman-themed activities and great giveaways, including the free Detective Comics #27 Special Edition.
Even better, the comic is just the beginning! Look for Batman bookmarks, bags, a Batman 75th anniversary cape, and four specially produced Batman masks based on different eras of the Dark Knight’s history.
Just to be clear, my library’s Batman Day celebration is happening tomorrow, because we’re not open on the weekends. But it will be awesome, all the same.
Join your fellow fans in wishing The Bat a Happy 75th – but just be careful about trying to give him birthday punches.