The Greatest Comic Book Covers #2 – Detective Comics #27
The Dark Knight Detective has cast a vigilant shadow over the comic book world for over 70 years now! Geek Genie continues its ongoing series with #2 and a look at the first appearance of The Batman in Detective Comics #27!
With those immortal words, The Batman was born. And he’s been striking fear into the hearts of criminals ever since. Fresh off the success of Action Comics #1, National Allied Publications (later known as DC Comics) delivered yet another iconic character. Bill Finger, assisted by Bob Kane, introduced the story of millionaire Bruce Wayne and his obsessive quest for justice in the guise of his Bat-alter ego.
As Action Comics #1 had done previously, The Batman leapt off the pages of Detective Comics #27. But this time, instead of a brightly coloured Superman performing miraculous feats of strength, Detective Comics #27 showed us a black clad avenger of the night making good on his promise to strike fear into criminals. With one criminal safely secured in a head lock whilst swinging over Gotham City, two criminals look on wondering who…or what this creature of the night is?
Bob Kane is credited with the art for Detecive Comics #27 although it is well known that Kane would use ghost artists for the many projects he’d work on. Whether it was Bob Kane, or one his unsung ghiost artists, Detective Comics #27 has gone down in comic book history and its cover is recognised as amongst the most iconic. So iconic that even the legendary Jack “King” Kirby may have taken inspiration from ‘Tec #27’s cover for Amazing Fantasy #15 where a certain wall crawler was first introduced. Check it out yourself! What do you think?
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