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Batman (1943) and the Comics
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Fri, 26th Jan 2018


We’re ever conscious of landmark dates here at Batman-Online, and 2018 marks a special one in the Caped Crusader’s cinematic history. It’s the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first ever big screen outing: the 1943 black & white film serial directed by Lambert Hillyer and produced by Columbia Pictures.

On the surface there mightn’t appear too much to say about this 15-episode series. The comics had only been in print for four years when the serial went into production and the mythology was still in its infancy. But even so, there are some notable things to comment on. We can evaluate how accurately the earliest screen versions of Batman and Robin correspond with their Golden Age counterparts. And we can highlight the various ways in which the film serial influenced the comics and later adaptations that followed in its wake.

So without further preamble, let's get started.

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