Non Art, Batman Culture Blog

  • Countries –  Batman has been a prominent figure in every form of entertainment around the world.  Though the main country that it all started in is America (New York), also Batman’s Gotham City is described as New York below 14th street, from Soho to Greenwich Village, the Bowery, Little Italy, Chinatown and the sinister areas around the base of the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.



  •  Where Comics started/ First Comic Series- The Comic Book format was introduced in 1933, with the publication of famous Funnies. United States has been producing the most titled comics , along with the British Comics and Japanese Manga, in terms of quantity of title’s. Cultural historians have divided the career of the existence of comic books in the U.S. into Several Ages or Historical Era’s.
  •  Comic Book Historian’s are at a continues debate over the exact boundaries of there Era’s. Though they have came to an agreement in the terms for which originated from fan press. Comics as a print medium have been in America since the printing of The Adventure’s of Obadiah Oldbuck in 1842 in Hardcover making it the first known American Prototype Comic Book. Then the introduction of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s Superman in 1938 this turned comic books into a major industry. This was also when the Golden Age in comics started. Historians proposed several names for the Age before Superman, most commonly dubbing it the Platinum Age.



  • People- There has been many people with in the Batman series like first should be Adam West as Batman then comes such actors as George Clooney, Val Kilmer, Michael Keaton, Christian Bale


  • Creator behind Batman- The Creator is Bob Kane, Bob created batman in 1936.Robert Kahn was born in New York City, New York. Bob’s parents, Augusta and Herman Kahn, an engraver, were of European and Jewish descent. One High School friend of fellow cartoonist and future Spirit creator Will Eisner, Robert Kahn graduated from Dewitt Clinton High School then legally had his name changed to Bob Kane. He studied art at Cooper Union before joining the Max Fleischer studio as a trainee animator in 1934Bob then two years later entered the comic’s field in 1936, with freelancing original material to editor Jerry Iger’s comic book Wow, What a Magazine!, including his first pencil and ink works on the serial Hiram Ink. Then came the following year where Kane began to work at Iger’s subsequent studio, Eisner and Iger. This was one of the first comic book packagers that produced comics on demand for all publishers’ trying out this new medium during the late 1930’s and 1940’s Golden Age. Among Bob’s work there’s the Funny Animal feature “Peter Pupp”-Which made its look with overtones of “Mystery and Menace”, published in the U.K. Comic Magazine Wags and reprinted in Fiction House’s Jumbo Comics. Kane also started to produce work through Eisner and Iger for two of the Companies that later would become DC Comics. Early in the year 1939, DC’s success with the seminal superhero Superman in  all the Action Comics prompted editors to scramble for more such heroes. So Bob Kane in response conceived “the Bat-Man.”[7] Bob said that his influences for the character included such things as the actor Douglas Fairbanks‘ movie portrayal of the swashbuckler Zorro, Leonardo da Vinci‘s diagram of the ornithopter, a flying machine with huge bat-like wings; and the 1930 film The Bat Whispers, based on Mary Rinehart‘s mystery novel The Circular Staircase.[Then in 1938 Bill Finger joined Bob Kane’s nascent studio as an aspiring writer and part-time shoe salesperson, he had met Kane at a party, and Kane later offered him a job ghost writing the strips Rusty and Clip Carson.[9][10] He recalled that Kane said that he-

    …had an idea for a character called ‘Batman’, and he’d like me to see the drawings. I went over to Kane’s, and he had drawn a character who looked very much like Superman with kind of … reddish tights, I believe, with boots … no gloves, no gauntlets … with a small domino mask, swinging on a rope. He had two stiff wings that were sticking out, looking like bat wings. And under it was a big sign … BATMAN.[10]

    Bill said he offered some suggestions such as giving the character a cowl and scalloped cape instead of wings; adding gloves; leaving the mask’s eyeholes blank to connote mystery; and removing the bright red sections of the original costume, suggesting instead a gray-and-black color scheme. Finger additionally said[11] his suggestions were influenced by Lee Falk‘s The Phantom, a syndicated newspaper comic strip character with which Kane was familiar as well. Finger, who said he also devised the character’s civilian name, Bruce Wayne, wrote the first Batman story, while Kane provided art. Kane, who had already submitted the proposal for Batman at DC and held a contract, is the only person given official company credit for Batman’s creation. Comics historian Ron Goulart, in Comic Book Encyclopedia, refers to Batman as the “creation of artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger”.[12]

    According to Bob Kane, “Bill Finger was a contributing force behind Batman right from the beginning. He wrote most of the great stories and was influential in setting the style and genre all the writers would emulate … I made Batman a superhero-vigilante when I first created him. Bill turned him into a scientific detective.[13]

    The character debuted in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) and proved a breakout hit. Within a year, Kane hired many artist to assist in Batman’s creation such as Jerry Robinson (initially as an inker) and George Roussos (backgrounds artist and letterer). Though Robinson and Roussos worked out of Kane’s art studio in The New York Times building, Bob himself did all his drawings at home.[14] Shortly afterward, when DC wanted more Batman stories than Kane’s studio could deliver, the company assigned Dick Sprang and other in-house pencilers as “ghost artists“, drawing uncredited under Kane’s supervision. Future Justice League writer Gardner Fox wrote some early scripts, including the two-part story “The Monk” that introduced some of The Batman’s first “Bat-” equipment.[15]

    In 1943, Kane left the Batman comic book scene to focus on more pencilling in the daily Batman newspaper comic strip.[6] DC Comics artists ghosting the comic-book stories now included Jack Burnley and Win Mortimer, with Robinson moving up as penciler and Fred Ray contributing some covers. After the strip finished in 1946, Kane returned to the comic books but, unknown to DC, had hired his own personal ghosts, including Lew Schwartz[6] and Sheldon Moldoff from 1953-1967.[16]


  • How long its been going-Batman started in 1936, and has been running in every culture and every generation between Childhood to Adulthood since that very year.


  • Building Structures that were in Batman Series (Gotham City) – Building structures include New York City, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Newark, St.Neots, Tokyo and Hong Kong though the British Country House locations in Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire have been used to depict the less urban scene of Wayne Manor.


  • Nature in it- There is Nature within Batman by means of Vines, Trees


  • Why There’s Female Characters in Super-Hero movies and comics- Women have been portrayed in comic books since the medium‘s beginning, with their portrayals always the subject of controversy. Sociologists with an interest in gender roles and stereotyping have outlined the role of all women as both supporting characters and as potential leaders trying with no success to be accepted as equals. Another point of study has been the depiction of women in comics, in which, as in other forms of popular culture, body types are unrealistically portrayed.
  • Women have been round in Comics since the 1940’s and have been in every age of comic such as- Golden Age of Comic Books, Silver Age of Comic Books, Bronze Age of Comic Books and Modern Age of Comic Books.…/List_of_superheroines


  •  Definition of Batman-1) a character in an American comic strip and several films who secretly assumes a batlike costume in order to fight crime.    2)Online Dictionary (Military) An officer’s personal servant in any of the Armed Forces.


  • Definition of Catwoman- 1) Catwoman is – Manipulative, Cunning, Arrogant, Conflicting Emotions, Jealousy, Stalks. 2) Catwoman is usually depicted as an adversary of Batman, known for having a complex love-hate relationship with him.   3) Catwoman is a shy woman, endowed with the speed, reflexes and senses of a cat, walks a thin line between criminal and hero, even as a detective doggedly pursues her, fascinated by both of her personas.  4) Catwoman is a DC comic book character.


  • Definition of The Joker-1.a person who is fond of joking.   2. playing card, typically bearing the figure of a jester, used in some games as a wild card.  3.US a clause unobtrusively inserted in a bill or document and affecting its operation in a way not immediately apparent.


  • How long have Super-Hero’s been around- The long-running superheroes such as Superman, Batman, Spider-Man and Iron Man have been around since the 1960s.      
  • Theme History- Batman, Batman has been around since the 60’s and continues to this day. The way it continues through is with Figurines, cartoons and movies dating back to the early eighties. When we think of batman we just think of a cartoon but when you really look at the character batman you start thinking who created him and the theory behind theory behind the creation of the one called Batman.
  • Your Connection- My connection when I think of Batman I remember my childhood and the cartoons I watched when I was youngas well as the animated and real-life movies I watched back in the 90’s, e.g Batman, Micheal Keaton and Danny Devito Penguin and Batman and Robin as well as Batman Forever. Im more into collecting the 18Inch figures as well as the Batman Begins series of movies. Batman Begins,The Dark Knight and Rise of The Dark Knight.
  • Work in relation- My work in relation to others in the area of Batman is different because its a more personal art project to because they are my own figures.
  • How you can extend/expand this- I will extend my Batman Culture with more research and delve deeper into the theory of the subject Batman with all the characters and how the movies came to be created. I will expand my knowlegde to gain the formation of how Batman came to be




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