Detective Comics is an American comic book series published by DC Comics. The first volume, published from 1937 to 2011, is best known for introducing the superhero Batman in Detective Comics #27. A second series of the same title was launched in the fall of 2011 but in 2016 reverted to the original volume numbering; the series is the source of its publishing company's name, and—along with Action Comics, the series that launched with the debut of Superman—one of the medium's signature series. The series published 881 issues between 1937 and 2011 and is the longest continuously published comic book in the United States. Detective Comics was the final publication of the entrepreneur Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, whose comics company, National Allied Publications, would evolve into DC Comics, one of the world's two largest comic book publishers, though long after its founder had left it. Wheeler-Nicholson's first two titles were the landmark New Fun: The Big Comic Magazine #1, colloquially called New Fun Comics #1 and the first such early comic book to contain all-original content, rather than a mix of newspaper comic strips and comic-strip-style new material.
His second effort, New Comics #1, would be retitled twice to become Adventure Comics, another seminal series that ran for decades until issue #503 in 1983, was revived in 2009. The third and final title published under his aegis would be Detective Comics, advertised with a cover illustration dated December 1936, but premiering three months with a March 1937 cover date. Wheeler-Nicholson was in debt to printing-plant owner and magazine distributor Harry Donenfeld, as well a pulp-magazine publisher and a principal in the magazine distributorship Independent News. Wheeler-Nicholson took Donenfeld on as a partner in order to publish Detective Comics #1 through the newly formed Detective Comics, Inc. with Wheeler-Nicholson and Jack S. Liebowitz, Donenfeld's accountant, listed as owners. Wheeler-Nicholson was forced out a year later. An anthology comic, in the manner of the times, Detective Comics #1 featured stories in the "hard-boiled detective" genre, with such stars as Ching Lung, its first editor, Vin Sullivan drew the debut issue's cover.
The Crimson Avenger debuted in issue #20. In years, the start of this series has been marred by its racism and xenophobia. Detective Comics #27 featured the first appearance of Batman; that superhero would become the star of the title, the cover logo of, written as "Detective Comics featuring Batman". Because of its significance, issue #27 is considered one of the most valuable comic books in existence, with one copy selling for $1,075,000 in a February 2010 auction. Batman's origin is first revealed in a two-page story in issue #33. Batman became the main cover feature of the title beginning with issue #35. Issue #38 introduced Batman's sidekick Robin, billed as "The Sensational Character Find of 1940" on the cover and the first of several characters that would make up the "Batman Family". Robin's appearance and the subsequent increase in sales of the book soon led to the trend of superheroes and young sidekicks that characterize the era fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books.
Several of Batman's best known villains debuted in the pages of Detective Comics during this era including the Penguin in issue #58, Two-Face in issue #66, the Riddler in issue #140. Batwoman first appeared in Detective Comics #233 Since the family formula had proven successful for the Superman franchise, editor Jack Schiff suggested to Batman co-creator Bob Kane that he create one for the Batman. A female was chosen first, to offset the charges made by Fredric Wertham that Batman and Robin were homosexual. Writer Bill Finger and artist Sheldon Moldoff introduced Bat-Mite in issue #267 and Clayface in #298. In 1964, Julius Schwartz was made responsible for reviving the faded Batman titles. Writer John Broome and artist Carmine Infantino jettisoned the sillier aspects that had crept into the franchise such as Ace the Bathound and Bat-Mite and gave the character a "New Look" that premiered in Detective Comics #327. Schwartz, Gardner Fox, Infantino introduced, from the William Dozier produced tv series, Barbara Gordon as a new version of Batgirl in a story titled "The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!" in issue #359.
Mike Friedrich wrote the 30th anniversary Batman story in Detective Comics #387, drawn by Bob Brown. Writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Neal Adams had their first collaboration on Batman on the story "The Secret of the Waiting Graves" in issue #395; the duo, under the direction of Schwartz, would revitalize the character with a series of noteworthy stories reestablishing Batman's dark, brooding nature and taking the books away from the campy look and feel of the 1966–68 ABC TV series. Comics historian Les Daniels observed that "O'Neil's interpretation of Batman as a vengeful obsessive-compulsive, which he modestly describes as a return to the roots, was an act of creative imagination that has influenced every subsequent version of the Dark Knight." Adams introduced Man-Bat with writer Frank Robbins in Detective Comics #400. O'Neil and artist Bob Brown crafted Batman's first encounter with the League of Assassins in Detective Comics #405 and created Talia al Ghul in issue #411. After publishing on
Batman: No Man's Land
"Batman: No Man’s Land" is an American comic book crossover storyline that ran for all of 1999 through the Batman comic book titles published by DC Comics. The story architecture for "No Man's Land" and the outline of all the Batman continuity titles for 1999 were written by cartoonist Jordan B. Gorfinkel; the lead-up story began with the "Cataclysm" story arc, which described a major earthquake hitting Gotham City. This was followed by the storylines "Aftershocks" and "Road to No Man's Land" which resulted in the U. S. government evacuating Gotham and abandoning and isolating those who chose to remain in the city. "No Man’s Land" covered, in detail, a period in the lives of the residents of the city, explaining all events from the time of isolation, until its time of re-opening and the beginning of rebuilding. The main storyline ran through the monthly Batman titles Detective Comics, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight with other spin-offs serving as tie-ins. In all, "No Man's Land" encompassed 80 regular monthly issues, 4 specials, the Batman: Harley Quinn graphic novel, which introduced Harley Quinn to the DC Universe.
The storyline is divided into several arcs. A part of the story would continue from one Batman title and to the next Batman title that would come the following week, much the same format used in the Superman comics for that time. Unlike the Superman comics, where a creative team is maintained for one monthly title, the same creative team is maintained for the duration of the story arc; the core storyline was collected as trade paperbacks in five volumes. However, because of the large number of issues that were devoted to "No Man's Land", only 40 of them made it into the original collections. DC has since released a new collection of "No Man's Land" that includes issues uncollected. A novelization of the story line was written by Greg Rucka and released as hardcover in January 2000. Gotham City suffers the results of a magnitude 7.6 earthquake in the Cataclysm storyline. In response, the US government declares Gotham a "no man's land," destroys all bridges leading to the island and sets up a military blockade to prevent people from entering or exiting.
Gangs and various supervillains Batman had battled over the years swiftly carve up the city. The city's police's commissioner, James Gordon, several members of his department, who dub their gang the Blue Boys stay behind to protect civilians. Oracle and Huntress end up on the inside. Bruce Wayne fails. Gordon and his men wait for Batman's return, but he disappears for months, leading the police to believe that he has abandoned Gotham. A bitterly disappointed Gordon denounces Batman and refuses to speak his name. Huntress attempts fashioning a Batman costume, she soon discovers that criminals fear her more as Batman than they do as Huntress and succeeds in holding territory of her own. When Batman returns, he allows her to continue to use the costume. However, when she fails to hold off Two-Face and his army of men and loses Batman's territory, she abandons the costume. Batman and the police work separately to reclaim Gotham, piece by piece, by battling and subduing the gang leaders and marking the reclaimed territory with graffiti.
However, a schism erupts between Gordon and SWAT Lieutenant William "Billy" Pettit, whose militaristic, take-no-prisoners methods shock and outrage Gordon. Various subplots emerge through the battles. Poison Ivy takes up residence in Robinson Park, Batman — after helping her defeat Clayface's attempts to control the park and thus Gotham's fresh fruit supply — allows her to remain there as long as she cares for various orphans who had retreated to the park, as well as distributing food to the rest of the city. In addition, Victor Zsasz claimed a territory in Gotham City while Mr. Freeze did the same thing where he competed against Gearhead whose armless and legless body was being carried around by the thuggish Tommy Mangles. Superman visits the city to restore some degree of order, but realizes that the city's current state of anarchy and'might-makes-right' requires a greater effort than the'quick-fix' he had been expecting and departs, he returns as Clark Kent to visit Batman and advise locals on how to improve their burgeoning agriculture.
A simultaneous story in JLA reveals that the Justice League keeps an eye on Gotham during this time by preventing various villains from claiming the territory for themselves. Robin's father, discovers that his son is in Gotham, believing Tim entered the city for some sort of dare, petitions the government for a search and rescue for Tim which inadvertently attracts media attention and further public support for the city's revival. Gordon allies himself with Two-Face to reclaim vital territory, but Two-Face betrays the alliance to claim a greater amount of land for himself. Two-Face hires David Cain to kill Gordon, but his mute daughter Cassandra, who has become one of Oracle’s agents, thwarts Cain. Cassandra becomes the second Batgirl to help clean up No Man's Land. Two-Face kidnaps Gordon and puts him on trial for breaking the alliance. Police officer Renee Montoya reaches out to Two-Face's Harvey Dent persona, whose defense leads to Gordon's acquittal. While cross-examining himself, Dent concludes that Two-Face had blackmailed Gordon into the alliance.
Through the efforts of Lucius Fox, Batman succeeds in getting the attention of Lex Luthor, who arrives in Gotham with plans to rebu
"Cataclysm" is an 18 chapter DC Comics crossover story arc that ran through the various Batman family comics from March to May, 1998. The plot of the storyline centers on Gotham City being hit by a massive earthquake, the epicenter of, less than a mile from Wayne Manor. In the wake of the destruction and his allies join the frantic rescue efforts around the devastated city, which soon spirals into chaos; this story arc would act as a catalyst for the Batman comics and its spin-off titles, signaling the beginning of nearly 2 years of storylines that would spring forth in the earthquake's aftermath, culminating in the year-long "Batman: No Man's Land" saga. "Cataclysm" itself takes place a short time after the events of "Batman: Contagion" and "Batman: Legacy," two crises which nearly resulted in Gotham City's destruction. Seismologist Dr. Jolene Relazzo believes the Gotham area is due for a major earthquake as her gear begins registering hits nearing the city. Oracle loses connection with the Batcave at 7:03 p.m. while giving a report when a 7.6 earthquake hits Gotham City.
Batman is swept up by the rising currents from an underground stream and Alfred falls into the cave from the crumbling Wayne Manor above. Oracle heads to Gotham City Police Department HQ to rally the troops. Shortly after the quake, it appears Wayne-owned buildings are the only ones left without major structural damage. Bruce Wayne had seen to it that all of his buildings were quake-proof up to 8.5. However, unable to quake-proof his own home without exposing his secrets as Batman, Wayne Manor and the Batcave are destroyed. With all the exits blocked, Batman promises Alfred that he'll be back soon. Barbara Gordon rallies the police force, Detective Harvey Bullock finds Commissioner Gordon. At 8:52 p.m. the first aftershock hits. Dick Grayson learns of the earthquake from TV while at work, he bolts, grabs a boat, heads to his former home. Taken aback by the sheer destruction in Gotham City, he begins helping victims trapped under a collapsed highway as soon as he gets ashore. Azrael and Nomoz arrive in Gotham City by helicopter to deliver Bane to the GCPD.
After the quake hits, Bane escapes. Azrael captures him after he kills two civilians in a bank. Helena Bertinelli is on the subway, she changes into her Huntress garb and begins getting survivors to safety. Batman is horrified by seeing the city he loves in flames. Catwoman was stealing night-vision binoculars for an up-coming job when the department store is destroyed by the earthquake. After having a young girl die in her arms, she begins getting the survivors to safety, she starts tracking Poison Ivy and stops her from spreading super-fertilizer into Gotham City's water supply. Robin performs CPR on Lady Shiva as his men. Shiva is revived by the drug still in Robin's system. Dava is shot in the melee and Shiva goes berserk on Dorrance's people. Robin leaves her there. Tim's flight home is diverted to Blüdhaven, he sees Gotham City on fire from the plane. He heads toward his home; the quake and the ensuing tidal waves hit Blackgate Prison hard. The island and many cells are flooded, prisoners escape.
A land-bridge forms from the island all the way to mainland Gotham City. Batman, just surfacing in Gotham Harbor, realizes what makes his way to the prison, he quiets the rioting prisoners, though many had been killed and others escaped via the land-bridge. The aftershocks remove the land-bridge as S. W. A. T. Helicopters arrive. Batman begins helping victims, he speaks with Penguin about his "enterprises."At Arkham Asylum, many inmates are freed into the public areas of the facility when the quake hits. Joker, Killer Croc, Scarecrow and others take three guards hostage and kill two of them, they decide to tell stories to a new guard going to school to become a psychiatrist. They scare him into dementia before they're rounded up. An odd band of small-time crooks hired by WayneCorp save a group of people trapped in a building. A young boy is convinced. Penguin, walking through the rubble, decides which people to help based on how they can repay the favor. Robin helps out in the excavation while thinking of his own family and friends.
Nightwing and Robin meet at the clocktower to see if Oracle is okay — it's the first time Barbara and Tim meet face-to-face. No one had seen Batman. Nightwing and Robin check out the destruction at Wayne Manor and the Cave. Tim rushes off to check on his father, while Dick locates Harold. Batman searches for Dr. Rellazzo, abducted earlier. GCPD reviews a videotape delivered to them claiming responsibility for the earthquake: the "Quakemaster" wants $100 million. Barbara Gordon readies a fake ransom payment and Batman stows away on the pick-up helicopter with it, he gathers the henchmen who picked up the ransom. He meets with Robin and Nightwing to discuss the situation. Stephanie Brown, caught in a mall during the earthquake changes into her Spoiler outfit, she slips after rescuing a small child. Cluemaster, Ratcatcher and others make their way to Gotham City after crossing the land-bridge from Blackgate, they begin looting. Huntress and Spoiler battle them. Robin continues to investigate the Quakemaster's tape while Batman head out.
Quakemaster's people kidnap Detective "H
Comics Buyer's Guide
Comics Buyer's Guide, established in 1971, was the longest-running English-language periodical reporting on the American comic book industry. It awarded its annual Comics Buyer's Guide Fan Awards from 1982–2008, with the first awards announced in #500; the publication ceased with the March 2013 issue. The magazine was headquartered in Wisconsin. CBG was founded in February 1971 by Alan Light under the title The Buyer's Guide to Comics Fandom as a monthly newspaper in a tabloid format. TBG began as an advertising venue – known in comics fandom as an "adzine", i.e. a fanzine devoted to ads. Ron Frantz, in his book Fandom: Confidential, traces the lineage of Light's endeavor to Stan's Weekly Express, a pioneering adzine published from 1969 to 1973, whose bare-bones approach was inspired by an "obscure journal of flower advertising known as Joe's Bulletin." Frantz provides background on Light's interaction with the WE Seal of approval program, with which he cooperated in order to help combat mail fraud.
Frantz in addition describes the infamous long-running feud between Light and Comics Journal founder Gary Groth. TBG's frequency was changed to twice-monthly with issue #18. Besides occasional letter columns, beginning with issue #19, prominent fans Don and Maggie Thompson began a monthly column, "Beautiful Balloons." A news column, "What Now?" by Murray Bishoff, was added with #26. These provided the editorial content required by the United States Postal Service to qualify for second class mail. TBG went weekly with issue #86. Cat Yronwode succeeded Bishoff as news reporter with issue #329, renaming the column “Fit to Print". In 1983, The Buyer's Guide was purchased by Krause Publications. Columnists Don and Maggie Thompson were hired as editors. Krause changed the name with their first issue #482 to Comics Buyer's Guide. At that time Krause instituted the controversial CBG Customer Service Award, the display of which signifies an advertiser had a "clean bill of health". Writer Peter David's column, "But I Digress...", joined the publication in 1990.
The magazine added Mark Evanier's column "P. O. V." in late 1994. In 1992, the magazine spun off its distributor and retailer news into a separate periodical, Comics & Games Retailer. Co-editor Don Thompson died in May 23, 1994. In 1998, Krause brought on John Jackson Miller as managing editor and Brent Frankenhoff as projects editor, with Maggie Thompson remaining as editor. Frankenhoff was promoted to CBG Editor in 2006, with Maggie Thompson assuming the title of Senior Editor. In July 2002, Krause was acquired by F+W Publications. With issue #1595, CBG changed its format from a weekly tabloid to a monthly perfect bound magazine. In addition, in hopes of enhancing newsstand sales, CBG added a price guide for contemporary comics as well as other new features intended to make the magazine more appealing to those with an avid interest in comic books as an investment; this marketing strategy was tied to the yearly publication of the Standard Catalog of Comic Books, produced in conjunction with Human Computing, the makers of the comic collectors’ software ComicBase.
In July 2005, the magazine began archiving past features at its CBGXtra.com service. In late 2009, CBG's page count was reduced, the perfect binding ended, some of the features changed, including the removal of the price guide listings. On January 9, 2013, Krause Publications announced the cancellation of Comics Buyer’s Guide effective with issue #1699; the website CBGXtra and its Facebook page continued as archived resources for a time but are no longer online, replaced by the web site of the new owner The Antique Trader. Alter Ego #122 is a tribute issue devoted to Comics Buyer's Guide with features regarding what would have made the 1700th CBG issue if the magazine had continued. A complete collection of CBG and its predecessor is held by the Michigan State University Comic Art Collection. CBG hosted many columns over the years in addition to Don and Maggie Thompson's "Beautiful Balloons", Murray Bishoff's "What Now?", Cat Yronwode's "Fit to Print." With issue #25 Martin L. Greim, publisher of the fanzine The Comic Crusader, began to contribute an occasional column titled "M.
L. G. on Comics," that would be known as "Crusader Comments." With issue #162 in 1976 Shel Dorf began an occasional series "Shel Dorf and the Fantasy Makers" interviewing creators in comics and film. Another columnist in the 1970s was David Scroggy. Another column was Robert Ingersoll's "The Law is An Ass!". The column dealt with how comics writers erred in their depiction of the law, what Ingersoll thought they should have done, it dealt with procedural errors. In the CBG era, the magazine has been noted for its letter column "Oh, So?", as well as columns by Peter David, Tony Isabella, Catherine Yronwode, Rick Norwood, Mark Evanier, John Jackson Miller, Bob Ingersoll, Heidi MacDonald, Chuck Rozanski, Craig Shutt, Beau Smith, Andrew Smith, others. As part of the June 2004 switch to monthly publication, Maggie Thompson revived the "Beautiful Balloons" column. Cartoonists whose work appeared in CBG include Marc Hansen, Chuck Fiala, Jim Engel, Dan Vebber, Fred Hembeck, Mark Engblom, Brian Douglas Ahern, Chris Smigliano, Mark Martin, Batton Lash, Brian Hayes, others.
For some years CBG reprinted installments of The Spirit comic strip by Will Eisner. The panel cartoon "Last Kiss" by John Lustig was among the longtime fixtures. Professional comic book artists such as Jack Kirby, C. C. Beck and Alex Toth, as well as otherwise-unknown
Tim Sale (artist)
Tim Sale is an American Eisner Award-winning comics artist. He is known for his collaborations with writer Jeph Loeb. Tim Sale was born on May 1, 1956 in Ithaca, New York, but spent most of his early life in Seattle, having moved there with his family at age six, he attended the University of Washington for two years before moving to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts, as well as the comics workshop run by artist John Buscema. Before he graduated from SVA, Sale returned to Seattle. Tim Sale began doing art for the series MythAdventures in 1983, was soon working on Thieves' World; the body of Sale's comics work has been with collaborator Jeph Loeb. The duo, credited in their comics as'storytellers', produced popular work such as the "Year 1"-centered Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Specials, Batman: The Long Halloween, Batman: Dark Victory, as well as Superman for All Seasons and Catwoman: When in Rome. At Marvel Comics, the team has produced the so-called "color" books such as Daredevil: Yellow, Spider-Man: Blue, Hulk: Gray.
A Captain America: White limited series was announced in 2008 but only a #0 issue was published. The long-delayed project saw print in September 2015. With Darwyn Cooke, Sale launched the Superman Confidential series in 2007. Tim Sale worked on artwork for the television program Heroes, on which Sale's frequent collaborator Jeph Loeb served as a writer and producer. Sale's artwork appeared in the show as the work of the precognitive artist Isaac Mendez, as well as other artists on the show. Eric Powell was hired as the colorist for Sale's work. Additionally, the font used throughout the show in the various captions and credits was created by Sale and was based on his handwriting style. Tim Sale won an Eisner Award in 1999 in the "Best Artist/Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team" category. Sale lives in the area of Seattle, the city where his studio is located. Billi 99 Grendel Deathblow Superman Confidential Tim Sale: Black And White hardcover. An art and career retrospective of Tim Sale. By Richard Starkings and John "JG" Roshell with Tim Sale.
With Jeph LoebChallengers of the Unknown Must Die! Collects Challengers of the Unknown vol. 2 #1–8, DC Comics, trade paperback 224 pages, October 2004, ISBN 978-1401203740 Batman: Haunted Knight collects Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1, Batman: Madness A Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1, Batman: Ghosts Legends of the Dark Knight Halloween Special #1, DC Comics, trade paperback 192 pages, September 1996, ISBN 978-1563892738 Wolverine & Gambit: Victims collects Wolverine/Gambit: Victims #1–4, Marvel Comics, hardcover 112 pages, November 2009, ISBN 978-0785138020. Eight-page short story with writer Matt Wagner. Robert E. Howard's Myth Maker. One-shot drawn by several pencillers such as Richard Corben or Kelley Jones. Tim Sale drew several pages, with script by Roy Thomas. Vampirella: Rebirth #1. Eight-page short story with writer Jeph Loeb, variant cover. 9-11: The World's Finest Comic Book Writers & Artists Tell Stories to Remember, Volume Two. One-page short story from an idea by Chuck Kim.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Slayers TPB. Cover and short story written about a female medieval vampire hunter. JSA: All Stars #2. Six-page back up story about the Golden Age Hawkgirl, with writer Jeph Loeb. Tales of The Batman: Tim Sale collection of Batman tales drawn by Tim Sale in his career with writers Darwyn Cooke, Alan Grant, James Robinson, Kelley Puckett, 240 pages, January 2009, ISBN 978-1401217358 The Foot Soldiers #3 Adventures of Superman #597, Batgirl #21, Detective Comics #763, Harley Quinn #13, JSA #29 and The Spectre #10. All the issues were part of the crossover "Last Laugh". Flinch #5 El Diablo #1–4 (DC Comics/Vertigo
Jeremiah Arkham is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character appears in comic book titles associated with the superhero Batman, he is the director of Arkham Asylum, he is the nephew of Amadeus Arkham, the Asylum's founder. The character debuted in 1992 in Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1 during the four-part story arc "Batman: The Last Arkham" that kicked off the new series where he was created by Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle. In Batman: The Last Arkham, Jeremiah is portrayed as the somewhat sadistic administrator of Arkham Asylum who has delusions that the criminals he houses could one day be housed in society; the Asylum had come into Jeremiah's possession. Jeremiah proceeded to demolish the asylum before rebuilding it with state-of-the-art systems to keep Arkham's criminals, such as Joker and Cornelius Stirk, contained. Jeremiah's background was touched upon briefly. Although not much is known about his prior history, the issue states that when he was a teenager he walked into a corner store being held up at gun point by an escaped inmate of the nearby Arkham Asylum, coincidentally run by his uncle.
The gunman had killed the storeowners, but when he went to shoot him, Jeremiah seemed to know all about the gunman's past and talked the gunman out of shooting him. The gunman proceeded to commit suicide and Jeremiah knew he would be destined to succeed his uncle as the head of Arkham Asylum. Soon after the new Arkham is built, Batman stumbles across a series of murders resembling Victor Zsasz's MO. Zsasz had been an inmate at Arkham Asylum for a long period, but the similarity was too much to ignore, so Batman fakes insanity to get into the asylum to investigate. However, Jeremiah takes Batman's insanity as genuine. Zsasz had been the murderer and had been getting out of Arkham by a series of underground tunnels put in place by the contractor on the asylum's revamp. Zsasz, upon hearing of Batman's arrival, predicts it is a set-up and begins to plant seeds of doubt and hatred towards Batman in Jeremiah Arkham's mind. In addition to this, Jeremiah blames Batman for stopping his inmate's rehabilitation.
The situation erupts when Jeremiah locks Batman in a room and sets the inmates of Arkham on him, including Amygdala and others. After the main storyline is wrapped up, Zsasz uncovered, Batman questions whether Jeremiah is himself mad. Jeremiah denies it, but in the closing scene of the comic, he asks himself whether he will end up like his insane uncle and whether he is indeed mad as Batman suggested. Jeremiah Arkham returned once again during Knightfall, his role began when he was held at gunpoint by the Joker after Arkham Asylum is attacked by Bane in order to free the asylum's inmates. The Joker attempts to scare Jeremiah into madness and Jeremiah is only saved when Batman frees him from the Joker's trap. After this story arc, Jeremiah Arkham has appeared throughout Batman storylines. During Batman: No Man's Land, he opened the Asylum gates, believing it was better for his patients to be at large in a abandoned city than trapped in the Asylum with limited supplies. Most during the Batman: Battle for the Cowl, he envisions a plan to rebuild Arkham Asylum, after it was destroyed by himself following his capture and defeat by the new Batman.
He starred in the 3-issue follow up, Arkham Reborn, written by David Hine and drawn by Jeremy Haun. The story starts with Jeremiah returning to Arkham Asylum after it has been destroyed by the Black Glove. On his return he finds that some of the patients are still there, including his three'special' subjects that no one knows about: No-Face, Mirror Man, Hamburger Lady. Once back in his office, Jeremiah finds his office a mess, spooky graffiti on the mirror and the journal of Amadeus Arkham on his desk, though he thought he had burnt it, he finds his uncle's original plans for the asylum and decides it is an omen and thus starts to rebuild according to the plans. The asylum re-opens with the disgruntled blessing of the Gotham Shield Committee, consisting of Bruce Wayne, D. A. Kate Spencer and Commissioner Gordon, he is joined by Aaron Cash and the new assistant director, Alyce Sinner. As the asylum gets more complete more accidents happen; the Raggedy Man is set loose, Clayface gets sick, Mr. Freeze's room heats up and Killer Croc's tank filtration breaks.
As these events pass, Jeremiah becomes more stressed and unhinged, spending more time with his special patients. Meanwhile, it is revealed. Once back at the asylum, she uses the computers to project the voice of Amadeus to the inmates and make them riot. Batman intervenes and gets all the inmates back to their cells. Raggedy Man is found dead and Jeremiah is starting to fall apart; this is all part of the plan of Black Mask. Alyce reports back to him doing this for the money, claims she wants the asylum. Jeremiah works out with Batman's help that Alyce is behind it all and she is committed; when he goes to talk to his special patients for some mental release he is confronted by a scary Jester figure. It is at this point, he is found by Batman and locked up with the other inmates in Arkham and Alyce is freed and made director of the asylum. In the end it turns out that his special patients were all a delusion and he suffers with no recollection of when he is Black Mask, he discovers this when Batman takes him to see the special three and after some intense moments Jeremiah attacks and
Catwoman is a fictional character created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics in association with superhero Batman. The character made her debut as "the Cat" in Batman #1, her real name is Selina Kyle, she is Batman's most enduring love interest and is known for her complex love-hate relationship with him. Catwoman is a Gotham City burglar who wears a tight, one-piece outfit and uses a bullwhip for a weapon, she was characterized as a supervillain and adversary of Batman, but she has been featured in a series since the 1990s which portrays her as an antiheroine doing the wrong things for the right reasons. The character thrived since her earliest appearances, but she took an extended hiatus from September 1954 to November 1966 due to the developing Comics Code Authority in 1954; these issues involved the rules regarding the development and portrayal of female characters that were in violation of the Comics Code, a code, no longer in use. In the comics, Holly Robinson and Eiko Hasigawa have both adopted the Catwoman identity, apart from Selina Kyle.
Catwoman has been featured in many media adaptations related to Batman. Actresses Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether, Eartha Kitt introduced her to a large audience on the 1960s Batman television series and the 1966 Batman film. Michelle Pfeiffer portrayed the character in 1992's Batman Returns. Halle Berry starred in 2004's Catwoman. Anne Hathaway portrayed Selina Kyle in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises, a young version of Kyle is played by Camren Bicondova on the 2014 television series Gotham. Catwoman was ranked 11th on IGN's list of the "Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time", 51st on Wizard magazine's "100 Greatest Villains of All Time" list. Conversely, she was ranked 20th on IGN's "Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time" list. Batman co-creator Bob Kane was a great movie fan and his love for film provided the impetus for several Batman characters, among them, Catwoman, she was inspired by 1930s film star Jean Harlow who at Kane's then-early and, "impressionable age... seemed to personify feminine pulchritude at its most sensuous."
Kane and Finger wanted to give their comic book sex appeal, as well as a character who could appeal to female readers. Catwoman was meant to be a love interest and to engage Batman in a chess game, with him trying to reform her. At the same time, this character was meant to be different from other Batman villains like the Joker in that she was never a killer or evil; the character was partially inspired by Kane's cousin, Ruth Steel. As for using cat imagery with the character, Kane stated that he and Finger saw cats as "kind of the antithesis of bats". Catwoman called "the Cat", first appeared in Batman #1 as a mysterious burglar and jewel thief, revealed at the end of the story to be a young, attractive woman, having disguised herself as an old woman during the story and been hired to commit a burglary. Although she does not wear her iconic cat-suit, the story establishes her core personality as a femme fatale who both antagonizes and attracts Batman, it is implied Batman may have deliberately let her get away by blocking Robin as he tried to leap after her.
She next appears in Batman #2 in a story involving the Joker but escapes Batman in the end. In Batman # 3 she again succeeds in escaping Batman. Batman #62 reveals that Catwoman was an amnesiac flight attendant who turned to crime after suffering a prior blow to the head during a plane crash she survived, she reveals this in the Batcave after being hit on the head by a piece of rubble while saving Batman while he was chasing her. However, in issue #197 of The Brave and the Bold, she admits that she made up the amnesia story because she wanted a way out of the past life of crime, she reforms for several years, helping out Batman in Batman #65 and #69, until she decides to return to a life of crime in Detective Comics #203, after a newspaper publishes stories of Batman's past adventures and some crooks mock her about it. However, Catwoman prevents her thugs from murdering Batman once he is found knocked out, but claims she wants him as a hostage. Catwoman appears again as a criminal in Batman #84 and Detective Comics #211 for her final appearance until 1966.
This was due to her possible violation of the developing Comics Code Authority's rules for portrayal of female characters that started in 1954. In the 1970s comics, a series of stories taking place on Earth-Two reveal that on that world, Selina reformed in the 1950s and had married Bruce Wayne; the Brave and the Bold #197 elaborates upon the Golden Age origin of Catwoman given in Batman #62, after Selina reveals that she never suffered from amnesia. It is revealed that Selina Kyle had been in an bad marriage, decided to leave her husband. However, her husband kept her jewelry in his private vault, she had to break into it to retrieve it. Selina enjoyed this experience so much she decided to become a professional costumed cat burglar, thus began a career that leads to her encountering Batman; the Earth-Two/Golden Age Selina Kyle dies in the late 1970s after being blackmailed by a criminal into going into action ag