Batman Begins

On a fine day on the first of May way back in 1939, issue #27 of Detective Comics was published, featuring the very first appearance of none other than The World’s Greatest Detective: Batman.

Batman Detective Comics 27

The brainchild of artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger†, Batman was created as a response to a call for more superheroes in the wake of the increasing popularity of Superman. And over these last 79 years, Batman has gone on to become a genuine cultural phenomenon and industry unto himself, generating $494 million in global licensing fees, easily beating Superman’s $277 million.

Frank Miller Batman Dark Knight
Have you seen the totals for Justice League? HAVE YOU!?

What do you readers think? Is Batman more popular than Superman?

†There is more than a little controversy as to the (lack) of credit attributed to Finger’s contributions to the character. If you’re not already familiar with the story Hulu premiered a documentary last April called Batman & Bill. It’s an interesting watch, with more than passing similarities to the Stan Lee / Steve Ditko relationship. But that’s another story.

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