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Holy Batman Day, Batman!

All across Gotham Nation today, folks young and old celebrate my favorite Caped Crusader in style!

DC Comics declared July 23rd to be Batman Day, celebrating 75 years of the Dark Knight by partnering with retailers to bring special memorabilia to stores, including a special re-imagined edition of Detective Comics #27! If you aren’t familiar with the importance of that particular issue (I will hit you, then hug you– cry it out), it is the very first comic that our sweet, sweet Bats ever appeared in, way back in May 1939.

In addition to this free special print, retailers also received anniversary capes, posters, pins, temporary tattoos, bookmarks and MASKS! YEAYUH- paper masks, served in four styles:

DETECTIVE COMICS #27: Batman’s first appearance, as drawn by Bob Kane
BATMAN ’66: inspired by the classic TV series starring Adam West
THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: As drawn by Frank Miller
DC COMICS – THE NEW 52: As drawn by Greg Capullo

I was lucky enough to get my hands on *most* of these items at my local Barnes and Noble, who had a special event for the day as part of their Get Pop-Cultured celebration!

I JUST LOVE SWAG– CAN I TELL YA?

Barnes and Noble is also holding a special sale on DC Comics from Batman Day until the 27th– buy two, get one free! Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.

I hope all you kids out there in Gothamland enjoyed Batman Day! And remember: You are what you love– not who loves you.