Saturday, April 18, 2009

Happy Anniversary Detective Comics #27!

On April 18, 1939, Detective Comics #27 hit the stands and introduced the world to a crime fighter that would become one of the most popular icons in the world. A character that would appear in radio dramas, cartoons, books and movies - in fact his most recent foray into film is the second highest grossing movie of all-time. Though there have been some changes over the years, he is much the same character as when he made his debut. I have been a fan of his my entire life and eagerly followed his adventures throughout the years. I am not at all ashamed to name him as a role model. Of course, I am referring to the one and only...Commissioner Gordon!

Happy 70th Birthday Jim!

Oh, and another character who made his first appearance in that same strip published in Detective Comics #27 also managed to survive the years. A young socialite friend of Gordon's, who Jim referred to as a "nice young chap, but he certainly must lead a boring life" - Bruce Wayne, aka Batman.

To read the very first Commissioner Gordon and Batman story, check out Batman Chronicles Vol. 1, available at fine stores everywhere. And for more information of the early years of everything Bat-related, I strongly recommend reading Bill Jourdain's Golden Age of Comics blog and his articles on the "Year of the Bat":

Year of the Bat Part 1
Year of the Bat Part 2
Year of the Bat Part 3
Year of the Bat 70 Years Old Today!
Comic Geek Speak Podcast - Golden Age of Batman


Golden Age of Comic Books Podcast said...

Thanks for the shout out, Mike! I'm glad Gordon is your role model as opposed to that boring playboy, Bruce Wayne!

MikeG said...

We Gordons have to stay together.

I'm happy to help promote your blog & podcast anytime Bill! Keep up the great work!