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Follow the Path – The Batcave

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Follow the Path – The Batcave

In this feature I spotlight changes made to comic book characters that are based on outside media. I’m sure you can think of other examples, so feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you want to suggest some other examples for future installments.

Today we look at something I addressed in a Comic Book Legends Revealed years and years ago (man, I’ve been doing this a long time), the introduction of the Batcave, which debuted relatively late in Batman’s history.

When first we meet Batman in the pages of Detective Comics #27, Bruce Wayne just changes into Batman in another room in his house…

This continues in later issues of the series, Bruce just changing in his mansion…

Heck, here, Dick does SURGERY on Bruce in the Wayne Mansion!!

Eventually we learn about a secret hangar…

and this leads eventually to talk about underground passages…

In Batman #12, we first see a special room in the mansion (although still clearly IN the mansion)…

but later in that issue we get the first reveal of an underground Batman hangar…

So that was the set-up for Batman around roughly 1941.

When the Batman serial debuted in 1943, though, a new set-up debuted.

Go to the next page to see how the serial changed things (and the rather amusing reason why they did so)!

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