Detective Comics is the comic title published from March 1937 to the present day. Batman was introduced through the series in Detective Comics #27 in 1939. Along with Action Comics, Detective Comics is one of DC's longest running comic series, though was briefly cancelled during the New 52 in favor of a second volume until its revival in June 2016.
Detective Comics began publication in 1936. In initial issues, the series focused on police and detective characters who investigated criminal schemes and took on organized crime. Among its notable early name included Slam Bradley and Speed Saunders. The series also featured the publication of various detective novels. The first superhero to appear in the pages of Detective Comics was the Crimson Avenger, created by Jim Chambers.
Batman debuted in May 1939's issue Detective Comics #27, created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. The story also saw the introduction of Commissioner James Gordon and the first "Batmobile". The story proved to be successful and helped solidify the superhero in the comic medium. Batman would continue to feature in later issues and, from the thirty-fifth issue, became the main featurette in Detective Comics catalogue.
In his early Detective Comics stories, Batman would often investigate minor criminal schemes and undertake investigative work, sometimes at odds against the police department. Many of the stories would put him against street-level criminals, greedy business men and minor crime lords. Supervillains would rarely appear, though characters like the Monk, Carl Kruger and Hugo Strange served as some of the first examples of these. Batman also lacked a moral code that would define later incarnations of his character.
During Detective Comics #38 (April 1940), Dick Grayson was introduced as Batman's first sidekick: Robin, the Boy Wonder. The character was co-created by Kane, Finger and ghost-artist Jerry Robinson. This was done to get younger readers interested in Batman stories and increase sales for the book. Shortly after its introduction, Batman and Robin would share the spotlight, the two often investigating crimes together. Detective Comics #41 also featured one of the first examples of Grayson fighting crime by himself, though Batman also becomes involved due to an other case colliding with it.
After the popularity of foes like the Joker and Catwoman in the then-recently launched Batman solo series, several supervillains began to make their debut in Detective Comics issues. These included Clayface in #40 (June 1940), the Penguin in #58 (December 1941), Two-Face in #66 (August 1942) and the Riddler in #140 (October 1948). Several minor foes also made their first appearances, including Tweedledum and Tweedledee in #74 (April 1943), and the Cavalier in #81 (November 1943).
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