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July 23, 2014

Batman's 75th celebrated at comics stores on Batman Day

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In case you hadn’t heard, the world’s greatest detective and perennial protector of Gotham City is celebrating his 75th year on the page. In honor of this achievement, DC Comics has declared today, July 23rd, to be Batman Day. Just for showing up at a participating comic book store, fans of the Dark Knight will be able to pick up a free copy of Detective Comics #27, the iconic issue that unleashed Bruce Wayne's fearsome alter-ego upon the world, in a stunning re-design by Bryan Hitch, with a retelling by New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer. The issue also boasts "Twenty-Seven," a tale of Batman in the future penned by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Sean Murphy, and a sneak preview of Meltzer's reimagining of the first Batman story in combination with superstart artist Chip Kidd.

Along with the comic, DC is providing stores with all sorts of goodies, including a 75th anniversary Batman cape, special variant covers on brand new comics, and four Batman masks from different eras in the Caped Crusader’s long history. While there, be sure to pick up must-have Batman graphic novels like Frank Miller's THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS or Alan Moore's THE KILLING JOKE to jumpstart or add to your collection --- many of them are on special Batman Day sales.

The 75th anniversary of Batman continues throughout the year --- and we'll have some special tributes coming out this October, so stay tuned --- but Batman Day is a one shot deal, so be sure to get down to your local comics spot to capitalize! Here in New York, John made the trip down to Midtown Comics for his copy, and the 40-minute wait couldn't have been more worth it.