DC Comics will release two milestone books in March to commemorate 80 Years of Batman: Detective Comics
#1000 and Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman The Deluxe Edition
The 96-page Detective Comics #1000 will include an original story by Peter J. Tomasi and artist Doug Mahnke, as well as bonus stories form popular DC names including Geoff Johns, Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini, Christopher Priest, Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Kelly Jones, Dustin Nguyen, and Alex Maleev. Release date and MSRP were not announced at this time.
Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman The Deluxe Edition
will include a cover by Jim Lee and several unpublished extras including a Paul Levitz story about Bruce Wayne’s early life with art by Denys Cowan, and a look at Bob Kane “ghost” Lew Sayre Schwartz’s original layouts for a Batman story for Detective Comics
#200. There will be essays on Batman’s impact from Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow, Denny O’Neil, Glen David Gold, former San Diego police chief Shelley Zimmerman and pulp historian Anthony Tollin. The Dark Knight’s most memorable adventures, including the debuts of Robin, Batwoman, Bat-Mite, Batgirl, Two-Face, the Riddler, Clayface and Man-Bat, will be reprinted. It will also include the first adventures of Slam Bradley, Air Wave, the Boy Commandos and the Martian Manhunter. The 300-page hardcover has an MSRP of $29.99. Release is set for March 13.
Batman debuted in Detective Comics #27 in March 1939.