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October 18, 2018

Batman Turns 75: 16 Amazing Vintage Batman Covers to Celebrate

Batman

made his first appearance on March 30, 1939, in

Detective Comics #27

, created and drawn by 22-year-old Bob Kane and written by Bill Finger. The character did so well that a year later, the first issue devoted exclusively to Batman hit the stands, featuring the Joker and Catwoman.

DC Entertainment is launching a year-long celebration of the Caped Crusader, and for The Dark Knight’s 75th birthday, we’ve gathered 16 vintage covers from their vault to share with you.

PEOPLE also spoke to DC Comics co-publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee about their preferred Batman artists, which Batman villain is their favorite, and Will Arnett’s performance as Batman in The LEGO Movie.

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Detective Comics #27, 1939, the first appearance of Batman, drawn by Bob Kane

Courtesy DC Entertainment

Which artist has drawn your favorite Batman?
Dan:

“Since Jim’s doing

Superman Unchained

, I’m safe to name another Batman artist. We have a lot of great artists working on Batman these days, but I really love how

Greg Capullo

brings

Scott Snyder

‘s stories to life in our flagship

Batman

comic.”

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Batman #1, 1940, the first appearance of the Joker and Catwoman, drawn by Bob Kane

Courtesy DC Entertainment

Jim:

“It’s really hard for me to choose one artist because I’ve been reading Batman comics my entire life, so many artists appeal to me for different reasons, depending on what was going on in my life at the time.”

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Batman #20, 1943, drawn by Dick Sprang

“For classic Batman in the 1940s I like Dick Sprang, during the 1960 & ’70s Neal Adams, and during the 1980s Frank Miller. At the time Miller’s take on Batman appealed to my just-turned-21 sensibilities. In the modern era, since Dan already said Capullo, I’ll say

Lee Bermejo

. His aesthetic and realistic take on Batman is just stunning.”

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Batman #65, 1951, drawn by J. Winslow Mortimer

Courtesy DC Entertainment

Which Batman storyline has been your favorite?
Dan:

“I like any story that involves Ra’s al Ghul.”

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Detective Comics #31, 1939, drawn by Bob Kane

Courtesy DC Entertainment

Jim:

“Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s

Batman: Year One

.”

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Batman #50, 1948, drawn by Bob Kane

Courtesy DC Entertainment

Who’s your favorite Batman villain?
Dan:

“Two-Face is my favorite villain.”

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Batman #181, 1966, first appearance of Poison Ivy, dran by Carmine Infantino

Courtesy DC Entertainment

Jim:

“I should say Hush, but my real favorite villain is also from that story. It’s Superman, when he was under Poison Ivy’s control, because at the end of the day there’s no greater villain than a friend gone bad.”

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Detective Comics #244, 1957, drawn by Sheldon Moldoff

Courtesy DC Entertainment

Which actor do you think has done the best Batman?
Dan:

“Michael Keaton was the best Bruce Wayne and Christian Bale had the best Batman physique.”

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Detective Comics #69, 1942, drawn by Jerry Robinson

Courtesy DC Entertainment

Jim:

“Most people say Christian Bale, but Val Kilmer’s performance is very underrated – he was both a good Bruce Wayne and Batman.”

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Batman #190, 1967, drawn by Carmine Infantino

Courtesy DC Entertainment

Did you see The Lego Movie? What did you think of Will Arnett’s performance as Batman?
Dan:

“I thought Will Arnett ‘kept it together’ very nicely.”

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Batman #179, 1966, drawn by Gil Kane

Courtesy DC Entertainment

Jim:

I loved the movie. Will Arnett was awesome. Frankly,

‘everything was awesome’

.”

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Batman #121, 1958, first appearance of Mr. Freeze, drawn by Curt Swan

Courtesy DC Entertainment

How do you think Batman would celebrate his 75th birthday?
Dan:

“Probably by prowling the streets of Gotham.”

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Batman #59, 1950, drawn by Lew Sayre Schwartz

Courtesy DC Entertainment

Jim:

“Batman would celebrate at Arkham Asylum, I hear they throw

crazy

parties there.”

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Batman #37, 1946, drawn by Jerry Robinson

Courtesy DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment is also partnering with thousands of comic retailers, book stores and libraries for “Batman Day” on Wednesday, July 23. Each location will host a Batman 75th anniversary celebration and offer fans a free, special edition Batman comic.

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World’s Best Comics #1, 1941, drawn by Fred Ray

Courtesy DC Entertainment

2014 is also a banner year for Batman in Hollywood: Shooting begins this year on Zack Snyder’s

untitled Batman/Superman film

, which unites the famous characters on screen for the first time ever. Henry Cavill will be reprising his role as Superman, and

Ben Affleck

is

donning the cape and cowl as Batman

. The film will be released in 2016.

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Batman #16, 1943, drawn by Jerry Robinson

Courtesy DC Entertainment

So get ready, Bat-fans. It’s gonna be a long, amazing year.

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Batman Turns 75: 16 Amazing Vintage Batman Covers to Celebrate

Matt Argall Explores the Prospects of Greeting Cards Industry

MIAMI, FL–(Marketwired – Mar 25, 2014) – “What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? A rash of good luck.” These, or other more traditional jokes, wishes or sayings are printed on millions of St. Patrick’s Day cards that people sent and received all over the country on March 17th this year. St. Patrick’s Day, or “Lá Fhéile Pádraig”, as the Irish call it, is a cultural and religious holiday that commemorates the death date of Saint Patrick, the patron of Ireland, who lived from AD 385-461. Saint Patrick’s Day was made an official Christian holiday at the beginning of the seventeenth century to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It is a celebration of the Irish heritage and culture in general and by no means restricted to Ireland. Irish and non-Irish people all over the world dress in green, party and send out greeting cards to their Gaelic and not-so-Gaelic friends.

On average, this amounts to approximately 7 million St. Patrick’s Day cards every year. And compared to Christmas, this number is not even that impressive: Each December the USPS delivers around 1.6 billion merry wishes all over the U.S. The tradition of sending greeting cards is even older than Saint Patrick — it can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages to celebrate the New Year, and to the early Egyptians, who conveyed their greetings on papyrus scrolls. Europeans started to exchange handmade paper greeting cards around 1400 and by the 1850s they had become a popular and affordable means of personal communication, mainly due to the advances in the printing technology. Louis Prang, a German immigrant, started the greeting card industry in America with his small lithographic business near Boston in 1856. Today, Americans purchase approximately 6.5 billion cards every year, making it a profitable market that Matt Argall, an avid entrepreneur, is now looking to venture into.

While printing techniques have changed over the centuries, cards are available in a multitude of different paper types and the sentiments got a more modern twist to them, the basic idea of a greeting card is still the same: Expressing friendly wishes to somebody we care about. Businessman Matt Argall has been watching the greeting card industry as a possible new business venture, and with retail sales summing up to roughly $8 billion every year, it is not hard to understand why. Despite the increase in electronic greeting cards, the popularity of paper cards has not faded. Some marketers even say, especially younger generations, who spend a lot of time during their work and free time in front of the computer, value traditional cards and continue to buy them.

Matt Argall worked for the Human Rights Commission, where he learned a great deal about marketing. In his position as treasurer and later president of the group, he was in close contact with people making donations to his human rights cause, most of which were from marketing companies’ owners. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, Matt seized the opportunity to learn from their experience. He went on to start his first own company with over 100 employees in the gas and electricity industry, followed by other businesses in a variety of trades. Matt Argall never restricts himself to one branch. He watches the markets, always ready to jump onto new opportunities. Most recently he has been analyzing the greeting card industry. We wish him a rash of good luck!

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