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Events from History: 1 May 1939

Batman’s shadowy debut occurred in Detective Comics #27, which hit newsstands on March 30, 1939, though the cover date stated May 1939. This wasn’t just another detective story in the fledgling comic book. The tale, titled “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate,” introduced a new kind of hero – a dark, brooding figure who stalked criminals by night. Clad in a bat-inspired costume, this unnamed vigilante, later christened Batman, utilized his intellect, physical prowess, and an array of gadgets to strike fear into the hearts of Gotham’s underworld. This initial outing proved to be a massive success, launching Batman on a path to becoming one of the most iconic comic book characters ever created.

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