Inspired by Superman’s success in 1938, Bob Kane used Leonardo Da Vinci’s drawings about machines and Zorro’s costume and abilities to create one of the most well-loved characters of all time, Batman. The golden age Batman first graced the Detective Comics no.27 issue in May 1939. After that edition, Batman made its way to success, garnering massive reader sharing and reviews from critics.
The golden age Batman is different from all the superhero comics circulating at that time. First, Batman has no superpowers of some sort; all he has is some cool intellect and an array of high-tech gadgets. Also, Batman fights criminals for one reason, revenge. He wants vengeance from those bad people who took away the lives of his parents. The theme was quite violent at that time since most comic books were light. But, all the same, the golden age Batman reached success that extends even in the 21st century.
The golden age Batman tells the story of Bruce Wayne, a character created by Kane’s collaborator, Bill Finger. Bruce resides in a fictional place called the Gotham City. He witnessed the brutal murder of his parents, which made him seek vengeance to criminals. In order to scare and fight them, Bruce Wayne made a costume in imitation of one of the most dreaded creatures of the dark, bats.
Unlike most superheroes, Batman has no extraordinary powers, but with the help of his “toys” he was able to catch law-breakers and eventually take vengeance on criminals. Some of his gadgets are the Batmobile, the Batarang, the Batgyro, the, the Batboat, the Bat Signal, and the Batplane.
Additional characters such as Robin, the Wonder Boy, the Batgirl and Professor Carter Nicholls all helped Batman in his quest for justice.
Batman also boasts of its famous and unforgettable assortment of villains. Among others are the Joker, Catwoman, Penguin, and Two-face. These antagonists are often described as twisted and terrible by readers, which proves Kane and Finger’s efficiency in creating and developing their characters.