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Wayback Wedneday: Na-Na-Na-Na Batman!

The superhero world was never the same after the debut of Batman in Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939.

Yes, the cover actually says May 1939, but it was actually released in March. Why? Because according to DC Comics that's how it was done back in the day.

From the 75th anniversary celebration in 2014:

"It was common practice in 1939, and remains so today, for publications to go on sale prior to their indicated cover date. Thus, while the Bat-Man (as he was then known) first appeared in the May 1939 cover-dated issue of Detective Comics #27, that issue actually hit newsstands on March 30, 1939."

Batman may have gotten his start on the pages of comic books, but the character took the next step with Adam West in the campy 1960's TV show.

And on the big screen in a few forgettable horrendous movies:

And even a bunch of merchandise, like hairbrushes:

And cereal:

Batman remains a lucrative property for DC Comics with more than $494 million in licensing alone as of 2013. Superman was next with $277 million.

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