Released to collectors July 27, 2015, along with
First Day of Issue
Batman made his appearance in Detective Comics issue #27 in 1939. This stamp and first day cover marks the first of four eras in the comic book world, The Golden Age. Storylines in American history, whether it be novels or movies, tend to creep towards violence over time, not Batman. In the beginning, he packed a pistol, sometimes two, not hesitating to take a life. Concerned moms began writing in, and shortly thereafter Batman made a commitment to never take a life. Originally Batman began as a creature of the night, and when we jump to the Modern Age, we find he's returned to the dark side, so to speak.
Sold as a set of four covers, along with
Batman-The Silver Age, Batman-The Bronze Age, and
Batman- The Modern Age
SET OF FOUR
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TOTAL ISSUE SIZE
October 9, 2014
NY NY 10199
The original Batman was written in the style of the pulp magazines, as evidenced by Batman’s seemingly little, or no, remorse over killing or maiming criminals. Over the course of the first few Batman strips, elements were added to the character- a more pronounced jawline, while the ears on the costume were lengthened, thus he became a more mature Batman. It was Detective Comics #33 when his origin was revealed, establishing the brooding persona of Batman, a character driven by the murder of his parents and his lifelong pursuit to avenge their deaths. Writer Bill Finger depicts a young Bruce Wayne witnessing his parent’s murder at the hands of a mugger. By Detective Comics #38, the pulp-inflected portrayal of Batman was starting to soften. This was when his sidekick, Robin, made his introduction.
Read the article in its entirety in the July 2015
Bevil newsletter, which accompanies the cover.
A set must have two characteristics- all the covers must be different, as well as the same. In my 25 years of painting set, I've never designed a set with covers having the same rendering. On the other hand, each cover shares common design elements. In the Batman set, all four issues share the copy box, along with the Gotham City skyline, framed by the phrase, "Protector of Gotham City".