Celebrate The Bat & The Clown On The Wednesday Run

There are some big, plans a-brewing when it comes to everyone’s favourite Dark Knight Detective.

It’s been seventy-five years since the first appearance of Batman within the pages of Detective Comics #27 and you can bet that the upcoming San Diego Comic Con later this month will have a plethora of Batman-related programming and announcements. Bat-celebrations get a jump-start this week with the release of two decades-spanning hardcover compilations honoring the character.

Follow me after the jump and I’ll tell you about each of them!

Batman 75YEARS coverBatman: A Celebration Of 75 Years H/C

Written by: Various

Illustrated by: Various

Published by: DC Comics

If you love Batman – or if you just want to know more about his legacy – today is a happy day! Batman: A Celebration Of 75 Years is the best of the best when it comes to Batman-centric stories.

Here, in a new hardcover compilation, you’re going to get Detective Comics #27, the first appearance of Batman! More than that, you’ll also find stories featuring some of his greatest villains including The Penguin, Catwoman and The Riddler! It’s seventy-five years of the Dark Knight in one volume, featuring the stories and the art of industry icons like Bob Kane, John Broome, Archie Goodwin, Doug Moench, Mike Barr, Carmine Infantino, Alex Toth, Frank Miller and J.H, Williams III (plus many others).

It’s a veritable Hall-of-Fame, isn’t it?

But wait! That’s not all…

Joker 75YEARS coverThe Joker: A Celebration Of 75 Years H/C

Written by: Various

Illustrated by: Various

Published by: DC Comics

With a classic cover by the great artist Brian Bolland, the 400-page hardcover compilation, The Joker: A Celebration Of 75 Years, details classic stories featuring the Clown Prince of Crime!

Here, you’ll get the best of the best. Renowned artists Dick Sprang, Jerry Robinson, Marshall Rogers, Jim Aparo and Greg Capullo (among others) join legendary writers Bill Finger, Steve Englehart, Denny O’Neil, John Bryne and Scott Snyder (among others). If you don’t have them in your collection yet, you’ll find stories like the Joker’s first appearance in Batman #1 as well as his more recent grotesque re-introduction into DC’s “New 52” reboot with Batman #15 and Detective Comics #1.

Along with a plethora of other definitive appearances, that’s nearly seven decades of madcap, comic book crime!

Be part of history, embrace the present and welcome the future. Make the run to your local comic book shop and pick up the two hardcovers: Batman: A Celebration Of 75 Years and The Joker: A Celebration Of 75 Years.

In ancillary news, keep your eyes peeled next week for more Batman-related musings and articles, here at Biff Bam Pop!

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