Batman: The Official Comic Adaptation of the Warner Bros. Motion Picture

    (DC, 1989)
™ and ©1989 DC Comics

The 1989 release of Batman was a huge hit, breaking box office records and successfully transferring the mystique of the Dark Knight to the silver screen. This was a marked contrast to the campy Batman of 1960s television, and the little-noticed movie it had spawned.

Released in both regular and prestige formats, this comic adapted the 1989 blockbuster in comic book form. It told how a mobster named Jack Napier was set up by his boss and cornered by police at the Axis Chemical plant. During flight, he was across the face by a face by a bullet and fell into a vat of chemicals. He survived—barely—but the chemicals had bleached his skin white and turned his hair a bright green. Moreover, the bullet had severed muscled in his face, leaving him with a ghastly perpetual smile. When he resurfaced, Jack Napier was no more—instead, he was the Joker, a mad killer whom only Batman could stop.
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#1
January, 1989
Cover Price: $2.50
4 copies available from $3.00
Denny O’Neil, Sam HammJerry Ordway
#1 Prestige Edition
August, 1989
Cover Price: $4.95
4 copies available from $3.25
Denny O’Neil, Sam HammJerry Ordway