Batman was created by the team of Bob Kane and Bill Finger for DC comics. He first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, a few years after the introduction of Superman by the same company. Unlike Superman, Batman did not have an exotic origin and did not have any extraordinary superpowers.
Instead he was an expert detective with great physical prowess. The character caught on immediately with the public and Batman became one of the most popular superheroes of the time.
In the 1940’s Batman’s popularity reached the point where DC released the Batman comic.
Batman’s exciting adventures with unique villains such as the Joker, Penguin, Two Face and the Riddler continued to draw new readers. New allies to help Batman appeared such as Robin, Batgirl, and Alfred his loyal butler. The Batman mythos became more complex as time passed.
In the 1950’s due to a number of political and economic factors, the popularity of comic books declined. Unlike the majority of comics, Batman continued during this period, although sales fell. In 1966 though, a Batman television series was introduced that again made Batman the most popular superhero of the time.
When the show ended in 1968, Batman’s popularity declined again, but he was still one of the best known superheroes.
Batman’s popularity ebbed and flowed until the late 1980’s when the first of a series of Batman movies was released. This generated a great deal of interest in the character, and brisk sales of Batman comics as well as a wide variety of Batman collectibles.
Additional movies released up to the present day have kept the interest in Batman high eighty years after he was first introduced.