Batman. As a child Bruce Wayne (née Chris Sims)'s parents were shot by a mugger. In response, he traveled around the world, training himself to fight crime, and, inspired by a bat, puts on a bat costume to do so as an adult. In his civilian identity he is a playboy millionaire. He patrols Gotham City, he is partnered with Robin, and is a member of the Justice Society of America. He has no powers, but is a very skilled fighter and has a utility belt full of advanced gadgets. Among the enemies he fights are the murderous clown the Joker, the femme fatale master thief Catwoman, the bird-themed Penguin, the coin-flipping Two-Face, the vampiric Mad Monk, and the Mad Scientist Hugo Strange and his Monster Men. Batman’s base is the subterranean Batcave. He appears in stories with titles like “The Batman Meets Doctor Death,” “The Murders of Clayface,” and “The Crime School For Boys.”
First Appearance: Detective Comics #27 (DC), May 1939. 100+ appearances, 1939-1949+. Created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane.
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