Worth millions: Batman 1st appearance

"1939 Batman comic sells for more than $1M – Sale sets new world record for amount of money paid for a comic book". Incredible comic book related headlines like these have a vast impact. All the big newspapers like The Observer and The New York Times print them on their front page and even...

Dark, Dark, Dark amid the blaze of noon: The Dark Knight Rises

Christopher Nolan (born July 30, 1970) has come up in the world of showbiz as director, producer and screenwriter. His thriller "Memento" (2000) was noticed by critics and audiences all over the world, so it happened that after "Insomnia" (2002) Nolan saw the "bat signal": Warner Brothers...

Creating the Bat-Man: Bob Kane

Robert Kahn was born in New York City October 24, 1915. After he graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School at age 18 he legally changed his name – which hinted at his Eastern European Jewish descent – to "Bob Kane" and went on to study art at Cooper Union. His first job in 1934 was with th...

Of girl wonders and psychopaths: Frank Miller's "Dark Knight"

When Frank Miller initiated the return of one of the great superheroes of the US comic book industry in 1986, he caused a landslide. "The Dark Knight Returns" was going to be the first comic book ever to be noticed by mainstream media, at the same time completely raising the standards for...

Marshall Rogers, Batman and the laughing fish

American comic book artist Marshall Rogers (January 22, 1950 – March 24, 2007) worked on one of the first graphic novels in 1979 – "Detectives Inc." – and today may be best known for his 1970s Marvel and DC series. His contribution to characters like Batman and the Silver Surfer stands out...

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