In honor of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Batman, we’re doing four straight months of polls having to do with Batman, culminating with the official 75th anniversary of Batman on July 23rd. We’ve done Batman covers, Batman characters, Batman creastors and now, finally, Batman stories!
You all voted, now here are the results of what you chose as the 75 Greatest Batman Stories! Here are #55-46!
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55. “Public Enemies” (Superman/Batman #1-6)
In this story by Jeph Loeb, Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines, Batman and Superman team up to finally put an end to Lex Luthor’s presidency, even as Luthor makes them the two most wanted criminals on Earth. The story is well known for its introduction to the first issue, which put the two characters into striking contrast…
54. “The Case of the Chemical Syndicate” (Detective Comics #27)
Bob Kane and Bill Finger introduced Batman with this story…
53. “The Last Arkham” (Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1-4)
Alan Grant and Norm Breyfogle worked on last big Batman story with this opening arc to Shadow of the Bat, where Batman goes undercover in Arkham Asylum (as a crazier version of himself) to find out how Mr. Zsasz has been escaping from Arkham and murdering people. This story introduced both Zsasz and Jeremiah Arkham.
52. The Dark Knight Strikes Again #1-3
At the end of Dark Knight Returns, Batman put together a group of teens that he could train to help “fix” the world. In Dark Knight Strikes Again, pat two of the plan was to collect as many former superheroes as possible. Then Batman appeals to the masses themselves to help rebel against the “American Empire,” led by President Lex Luthor…
51. Batman: Ego
In this Darwyn Cooke one-shot, after an injury, Batman finds himself in a battle of wits against his own ego!
50. Batman vs. Dracula: Red Rain
Just as the title suggests, Doug Moench, Kelley Jones and Malcom Jones III show us a world where Gothamites are slowly being turned into vampires and Batman is the greatest of them all, come see what I mean…
49. “Death of the Family” Batman #13-17
Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion give us this taut storyline where the Joker seemingly has learned the secret identities of not just Batman, but ALL of Batman’s sidekicks…
48. The Return of Bruce Wayne #1-6
Stranded in the past by Darkseid, Bruce Wayne travels through history in an attempt to get back home (his brain is a bit muddled so he doesn’t remember everything that happened). However, Darkseid KNOWS that Batman would eventually solve this, so he attached a deadly trap to Batman that will go off only if Batman successfully returns to the present. Grant Morrison wrote the mini-series with art from Frazer Irving, Yanick Paquette and, of course, Chris Sprouse for caveman Batman…
47. “Blades” (Legends of the Dark Knight #32-34)
In this early DC work by James Robinson and Tim Sale, Batman must deal with a new vigilante known as The Cavalier, who slowly descends into vilainy as the story proceeds. Batman is also tracking a master murderer.
46. “Night of the Stalker” (Detective Comics #439)
Based on an idea Neal Adams had, Steve Englehart, Vin and Sal Amendola and Dick Giordano combine for this classic tale of what happens when some bad guys kill the mother and father of a little boy while Batman is on duty…
Batman’s reaction once he is finished with the crooks is amazing, and a display that you likely would never see nowadays.