DC Reveals Batman 80th Anniversary Plans

New material from all-star creators will accompany classic reprints in two special releases published next March.
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DC Entertainment has announced its plans for the two big celebrations for the Dark Knight in 2019, with both the 80th anniversary of Batman's creation and the release of the 1,000th issue of Detective Comics, both due in March.

The events will be marked with two special releases. Detective Comics No. 1,000 will be a 96-page issue featuring a number of new stories from the regular creative team of Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke and a series of guest creators, including Brian Michael Bendis, Geoff Johns, Christopher Priest, Neal Adams and more. According to DC, the issue will "reveal a never-before-seen iteration of the Arkham Knight," a villain created for the Batman: Arkham Knight video game in 2015.

The second release will be Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman — The Deluxe Edition, a hardcover collection of new and old material looking at the long career of Bruce Wayne's alter ego. Alongside reprints of first appearances of a number of key characters — Batman, Robin, the Riddler and Two-Face, among others — the anthology will feature a new story by former DC Comics president Paul Levitz and Denys Cowan, as well as unseen layouts by Bob Kane's "ghost" artist Lew Sayre Schwartz for a story originally intended for a 1953 issue of Detective Comics.

Additionally, Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman will also contain essays from Neil Gaiman, Glen David Gold, former Batman writer and editor Dennis O'Neil and former San Diego police chief Shelley Zimmerman, among others.

"The enduring popularity of Batman over the past 80 years speaks to the character's multigenerational appeal," DC Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio said in a statement accompanying the announcement. "We're proud to celebrate Batman's cultural impact with these special releases and look forward to a year of commemorating this milestone anniversary with fans across the globe."

Both releases will hit shelves in March 2019. More information about both will be released in coming weeks.