In celebration of the new Detective Comics #27, DC Comics' top Batman creators were asked one simple question. Check out their answers below.
What does the original Detective Comics #27 from 1939 mean to you?
Scott Snyder: While looking back at the original Detective Comics #27 for my "Zero Year" research a few years ago, it struck me how even then, many of the core elements of Batman remain the unchanged to this day: at his base, he’s a detective but he’s also someone larger than life. He’s a creature of human determination and will even in the first issue. He makes himself into what he needs to be, and he clearly embodies someone who has become a hero through sheer force of will—a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Zorro.
It has been an honor to be a part of this tribute to a character that has endured and thrived for 75 years.
Peter J. Tomasi:Detective Comics #27 started it all for me, which means...
It led to my dad giving me my first BATMAN comic which happened to be Detective Comics #404!
It led to me dressing up as BATMAN in my first Halloween costume!
It led to me running home to catch the reruns of BATMAN on WPIX!
It led to me and my cousin having epic DCU battles with our MEGO figures, which of course meant I always had BATMAN on my side leading the attack!
It led to me rediscovering comics again in college through my favorite character when Dark Knight Returns found its way into my hands!
It led to me somehow becoming a DC Comics editor in charge of all the BATMAN titles!
It led to my son dressing up as BATMAN in his first Halloween costume!
It led to me sitting beside my son and watching the amazing BATMAN ANIMATED show together!
It lead to me sitting beside my wife and son and watching all of Nolan's BATMAN films in an almost nine hour marathon!
It led to me writing a monthly comic called Batman & Robin!
And it led to me writing a ten page story in The New 52 Detective Comics #27 in 2014 celebrating Batman's seventy five year anniversary after a ten cent comic by Bob Kane and Bill Finger brought to life one of the most iconic characters of American mythology way back in 1939!
Pretty crazy, huh?
Gregg Hurwitz: The original 'Tec #27 introduced a new kind of superhero—a man slower than a speeding bullet, less powerful than a locomotive, unable to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Instead here was a man who through perseverance, sweat, and blood strove to reach the pinnacle of human ability. Batman was a new kind of man, all right. He lived up to every last inch of his potential. He was just like you or me, but better.
Jason Fabok: When Bob Kane and Bill Finger first introduced Batman to the world in Detective Comics #27 back in 1938, I wonder if they could have believed that their character would become (arguably) the biggest comic book character of all time, as well as one of the most legendary and well loved characters of our modern popular culture? It's a thought like that that keeps me humble and thankful to have had the opportunity to work on this character for the past few years, as well as lend my own little contribution to this massive anniversary issue celebrating the first appearance of Batman. Thank you Mr. Kane and Mr. Finger for the character that not only inspired me to read comics, but also to follow a dream to one day draw comics and make a career a reality.
Brad Meltzer (whose new children’s books, I Am Abraham Lincoln and I Am Amelia Earhart, are on sale next week): It means history. And at this point, I don’t think you can separate Batman’s history from American history.
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