Saturday, September 21, 2019

Batman Day: 80 Years of the Bronx Created Hero

Holy 80 years!  Today is Batman day around the globe. The beloved human superhero has been a fan favorite of many and has inspired young people around the world. Batman was created in 1939 by Bill Finger and Bob Kane while they sat at Poe Park in the Bronx.  Poe Park is a well-known part of the Grand Concourse, Kingsbridge Road and Valentine Avenue area. It is where Edgar Allen Poe's cottage is to this day. 

As a kid into my adulthood, I often frequented this park to relax, have a drink on a hot summer day and pass the time with friends or random stranger who strum up small-talk. The park is also near the Shrine of Our Lady of Queen of the Universe and the parish of St. Philip Neri.

Batman was first featured in Detective Comics #27. The comic entails a wealthy American playboy and philanthropist named Bruce Wayne. After watching his parents murdered as a child. Wayne decides to take vengeance on all criminals in Gotham City, a crime-infested metropolis. What makes Batman unique is that he has no special powers and is not an alien from another world like Superman.  Batman relies on his intelligence, wealth, martial arts skills and stealth to fight crime. With all of these, he managed to defeat the Man of Steel Superman in a fight. 

Other names for Batman are the Dark Knight and The Batman. Batman has several adversaries. The well-known and more popular ones are The Joker, The Penguin, The Riddler, Ra Al Ghul, Mister Freeze, Catwoman whom he has had romantic interests with, Bookworm, King Tut, Madhatter, Bane, Clayface, Killer Croc, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, and Two-Face. 

As Bruce Wayne, Batman lives a single life with his butler Alfred Pennyworth and his ward Richard 'Dick' Grasen who is his sidekick named Robin.  Batman is friends with Commissioner James Gordon and Capital O'Hara, both Gotham city police officers who rely on Batman to help fight crime. Batman would have cross overs with other DC heroes eventually creating the Justice League. He has also befriended the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.   

Batman was featured on television and film beginning with the late Adam West and Michael Keaton. In honor of Batman day, cities around the world will be projecting the Batman logo on buildings. 

Batman has been an important part of my childhood. I and many others learned at an early age that we do not need superpowers or abilities to accomplish things in life. With the use of intelligence and will, one can literally do anything. 

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