The annual celebration of Gotham City’s billionaire crime fighter, Bruce Wayne aka Batman is September 21. 

Combing through our archives, I turned up some interesting items dealing with the Bat. 

The first was from May 17, 1965 when a Dunmore man discovered a BatMan No. 1 in the basement of his Quincy Ave home. 

The next item was from August 13, 1966 dealing with the local premiere of “Batman” starring Adam West. The movie was shown at the Comerford on Wyoming Ave. 

The next item is more about comic books in general.

children around a bunch of books

Members of St. Paul’s School AA (All-Comic Anonymous) throw “undesirable” comic books on a bonfire in the school yard on Feb. 21, 1952. The burning was to mark Catholic Book Week.
Standing from left: Joseph Riley, James P. Flynn, Anne Ryan, Mary Claire Ferguson, Paul J. Flynn, Jane St Pierre, Annette Basalyga and Marlene Roth. John Earles kneels at left. Gilbert O’Connell and Edward Ruane are at right. Times-Tribune Archives

In February 1952, students from St. Paul’s High School conducted a comic book burning celebration during Catholic Schools Week. The students collected over 1,000 “undesirable” comics to be burned. 

The publisher of Batman, DC Comics, has a whole website dedicated to the celebration of 80 Years of Batman –

The site has a lot of interesting items for Batman Day – a Bat Signal Tracker (cities around the world will be turning on a Bat Signal on Sept. 21), Must Read List of Batman comics and graphic novels, a Batman Playlist on Spotify, and a list of Youtube video dealing with Batman

If you are interested in reading Batman comics or graphic novels check with your local library or you can visit one of these local comic book shops – 

Comics on the Green – Scranton 

Rubber Mallet Comics – West Pittston 

Golden Unicorn Comics – McAdoo

Alchemist’s Cove Games & Comics – Schuylkill Haven 

Lackawanna County Library System

Luzerne County Library System

Pottsville Public Library

You can also check at your local book shops for Batman reading materials as well – 

Library Express Bookstore – Scranton 

Book A Million – Dickson City 

Barnes & Noble – Wilkes-Barre Twp.