Yes, Batman is turning 75 this year, but even after three-quarters of a century he is still kicking @$$, taking names and making life miserable for the criminals in that wretched hive of scum and villainy called Gotham City. He probably deserves a holiday, wouldn’t you say? Well DC Entertainment was thinking along similar lines, and they’ve made it official, July 23, 2014 is indeed Batman Day! Light the Bat-Signal, blow-up the Bat-balloons, and put some Bat-burgers on the Bat-becue because this summer is going to be Bat-tastic! (I’m done now.) Why? Because while it may be Batman’s birthday, we’re the ones getting the presents. What do we get? Read on to find out.
You like that? It’s a collection of four masks that represent different eras of Batman, and will available at comic book shops on Batman Day. Naturally, there will also be comic books, including a special edition of Detective Comics #27, which will a “reimagining” of Batman’s first appearance in the volume one version of Detective Comics #27 in May 1939 by Identity Crisis author and History Channel conspiracy truth-seeker Brad Meltzer. Other new comics will cover two about a pair of Robins, and if you can’t get the time off work to attend Batman Day festivities, there is a back-up plan.
Details? Here’s the press release courtesy of DC Comics website:
As Part of the 75th Anniversary Celebration of the Dark Knight, DC Entertainment Releases a Free Special Edition of DETECTIVE COMICS #27 at Comic Book Retailers and Book Stores Nationwide
In celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary, DC Entertainment is partnering with thousands of comic book retailers and bookstores across the nation to celebrate “Batman Day” on Wednesday, July 23. As part of the festivities, fans who visit participating retailers receive a free, special edition of DETECTIVE COMICS #27, featuring a reimagining of Batman’s 1939 comic book debut, designed by Chip Kidd with a script by The New York Times #1 bestselling author Brad Meltzer.
In addition to the comic book, DC Entertainment is providing retailers access to an assortment of other collectibles to help in the celebration of “Batman Day” including a Batman 75th anniversary cape, bookmarks featuring essential Batman graphic novels and four Batman masks designed by comic book artist Ryan Sook spotlighting a variety of the character’s iconic looks from his 75-year history.
- DETECTIVE COMICS #27: Batman’s first appearance, as drawn by Bob Kane
- BATMAN ’66: inspired by the classic TV series starring Adam West
- THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: As drawn by Frank Miller
- DC COMICS – THE NEW 52: As drawn by Greg Capullo
Fans who visit comic stores on “Batman Day” also have the opportunity to purchase ROBIN RISES: OMEGA #1, an oversized one-shot story from bestselling creators Peter J. Tomasi and Andy Kubert and GRAYSON # 1 by Tim Seeley and Mikel Janin, which depicts the original Robin, Dick Grayson, in an all new monthly series in which the crime fighter turned super spy fights to clear his name.
Continuing the celebration, DC Entertainment is partnering with Random House to bring “Batman Day” to over 1,000 libraries across the U.S. on Saturday, July 26th.
On the digital front, the special edition of DETECTIVE COMICS #27 will also be available for free download on Wednesday, July 23nd at www.readdcentertainment.com and all digital platforms (Kindle, iBookstore, Nook, Google Play and comixology.com).
For the latest information and exclusive content celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary, please visit www.batman75.com.
These Batman Day festivities join the previous announcements of two animated shorts, the launch of the weekly Batman: Eternal comic book series, and this fall’s premiere of Gotham on Fox, a TV series about the origins of Commissioner Gordon. It’s also worth noting that Batman Day takes place immediately before San Diego Comic Con, so that week just got nerdier (if possible). Stay tuned for more news.
Source: Screen Rant