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The Abandoned An’ Forsaked - So WHO Killed Batman's Parents?!

Every week, we will be examining comic book stories and ideas that were not only abandoned, but also had the stories/plots specifically "overturned" by a later writer (as if they were a legal precedent). Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of The Abandoned An' Forsaked. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Today, we examine how the killer of Batman's parents have changed over the years...

Enjoy!

We first learn what happened to Batman's parents in Detective Comics #33 in 1939 (just six months after his first appearance)...

Nine years later, in 1948's Batman #47 we learn the name of their killers, Joe Chill...

Batman later confronts him in a brilliant scene by Bill Finger...

This was later confirmed to still be the case post-Crisis on Infinite Earths by Mike Barr in Detective Comics #578...

But first, in an Zero Hour tie-in issue of Detective Comics where Bruce travels to an alternate timeline where his parents lived and he died, he sees reason to disbelieve that Chill actually killed his parents in his timeline...

At the end of the issue, though, nothing is confirmed either way.

The next month, though, following Zero Hour, it was confirmed in Batman #0 by Doug Moench that the mruder was no longer solved...

Infinite Crisis appeared to reverse Zero Hour's change, but apparently the current Batman titles are going under the Zero Hour change and the murder remains unsolved.

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