After reading The New 52 yesterday I realized that I’d never read Batman’s introduction. When he was introduced in 1939 his story occupied a mere six pages in Detective Comics.
From the very beginning The “Bat-Man” introduces Bruce Wayne, his adventurous alter-ego and Commissioner Gordon.
The character has certainly evolved over the years. The “Bat-Man” seems more like a bar brawler than an adept martial artist and his adversaries are much more benign than the super villains of today. But this very first Batman rings true. You can see the seeds being planted for the character he becomes right up front.
You know, except for the fact that he didn’t seem to mind that he threw a dude into a vat of acid. Maybe that’s the sort of thing that a guy could walk away from in the thirties.