Batman is one of the longest-lasting and most-enduring heroes in comics, published continuously from his debut in 1939 through present today. He’s also surely the most popular character, as proven month-in and month-out by the sales of his title being use as a benchmark against which all other titles are measured.
This page acts as an table of contents by chronological era of where to locate Batman and his titles throughout the Crushing Crisis Guide to DC Comics. Want an alphabetical index instead? Head to the Index of Batman Ongoing Titles.
- Golden Age Batman [No guides at this time]
- Silver Age Batman [No guides at this time]
- Batman, Post-Crisis
- Batman in New 52
- Batman Rebirth
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Golden Age Batman (view on CBDB) made his debut in the historic Detective Comics #27.
Unlike many of DC’s Golden Age characters, the Batman of these early stories was never explicitly made the “Earth 2” Batman – although many authors use that Batman interchangeably with Golden Age Batman.
None of these titles are yet covered by guides.
- Detective Comics (1937 from #27)
- Batman (1940)
- World’s Finest Comics (1941)
The first appearance of Silver Age Batman (view on CBDB) is considered to be Detective Comics (1937) #327. That issue distinguishes the Earth 1 Batman from stories of his predecessor. A key visual distinguisher is the yellow circle around the bat emblem on the chest of his costume.
None of these titles are yet covered by guides.
- Detective Comics (1937, #327-567)
- Batman (1940, #151-400)
- World’s Finest Comics (1941, from #80)
- The Brave and the Bold (1955, from #28)
- Justice League of America (1960)
Post-Crisis Batman (view on CBDB) first appeared in April 1986 in The Outsiders (1985) #6 and then in his own titles in November 1986 in Batman (1940) #401 and Detective Comics (1937) #568. Significantly, this Batman goes a decade before appearing regularly with the JLA!
Titles where Batman stars or appears in a majority of issues, chronologically by debut:
- Detective Comics (post-Crisis, #568 – present)
- Batman (post-Crisis, #401 – present)
- Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (1989 – 2007)
- Batman: Shadow of the Bat (1992)
- Batman Chronicles (1995)
- Nightwing (1996)
- JLA (1997)
- Batman: Gotham Knights (2000)
- Superman/Batman (2003)
- JLA: Classified (2005)
- Justice League of America (2006)
- Batman Confidential (2007)
- Trinity (2008)
- Batman: Gotham After Midnight (2008)
- Batman and Robin (2009) – Also, see Batman by Grant Morrison
- Batman: Streets of Gotham (2009)
- Batman Incorporated (2011)
- Batman Limited Series and Graphic Novels (various)
- Batman Spinoffs (various)
- Gotham Titles (Gotham Central, Gotham City Sirens, etc) – See Guide to Gotham
Plus, the following Bat-family characters and titles:
DC’s New 52 reboot seriously compressed Batman’s history, from a decade or more into just five years.
Much of Batman’s in-continuity stories were left intact, including most of his established Post-Crisis history of Robins as well as Dick Grayson’s recent time as Batman. Specific incidents like Knightfall seem to have been abridged in scope to fit. Some Batman events related to other heroes (like the Justice League) are necessarily different due to their alternate histories in New 52.
As you can imagine, that created a lot of contradictions and paradoxes. It’s best not to think about the timeline of things too hard, since Rebirth rips the band-aid off this clumsy retcon (and even makes it clumsy by design).
For a comprehensive guide to New 52 collections, including all of these titles, see DC New 52. Some titles also appear on an individual guide page of titles listed here in alphabetical order (since they all debuted within the same time-frame):
- Batman, Volume 2 (2011)
- Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight Digital-First (2012 – 2015) – Not in continuity
- Batman: The Dark Knight [II] (2011)
- Batman/Superman (2013)
- Batman and Robin (2011)
- Batman Eternal (2014) > Batman & Robin Eternal (2015) [Patrons-Only]
- Batman Incorporated (2012) – Also, see Batman by Grant Morrison [Patrons-Only until 3/20]
- Detective Comics, Volume 2 (2011)
- Justice League (2011)
- Justice League International (2011)
- Justice League of America (2013)
- Justice League of America (2015)
- The New 52: Futures End (2014)
- Penguin: Pain & Prejudice (2011)
- Robin: Son of Batman (2015)
Batman is fundamentally unchanged by the transition from New 52 to Rebirth, except for one critical reveal – that all of the DC heroes experienced a decade of stolen time as part of New 52. This both accounts for the missing elements of time and continuity as well as helps to soften the dissonance of the various paradoxes it created.
For a comprehensive guide to Rebirth collections, including all of these titles, see DC Rebirth. Some titles also appear on an individual guide page:
- All-Star Batman (2016)
- Batman, Volume 3 (2016)
- Detective Comics (1937)
- Justice League (2016)
- Super Sons (2017) [Patrons-Only]
- Trinity (2016)