DC Entertainment will celebrate Batman Day 2018 next month with free comics at participating retailers, and a digital comics sale.
Scheduled for Sept. 15, the fifth annual festivities will include the free first chapters of Sean Murphy's acclaimed Batman: White Knight, and Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs' all-ages Batman: A Lot of Li'l Gotham, and a preview of Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's DC Black Label title Batman: Damned. Retailers will also have access to an online activity kit.
In addition, DC will have a Batman Day digital sale from Sept. 11 to Sept. 17, with hundreds of titles available on ReadDC.com, comiXology, Google Play, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and iTunes.
The publisher also teased plans for the year-long celebration of the 80th anniversary of Batman in 2019, which will include the release of Detective Comics' milestone 1000th issue.
DC established Batman Day in 2014, initially to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Dark Knight's debut in Detective Comics #27. Although that original story, by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, was released on March 30, 1939, the first Batman Day was held on July 23, which coincided with the launch of two new Bat-titles, Robin Rises: Omega and Grayson. The festivities were moved to September in subsequent years.