Batman in the Fifties

 BITF   (DC, 2002)

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The “Golden Age of Comics” ended in 1951 with the demise of All Star Comics and the Justice Society of America. Comic books were being blamed as part of the cause of juvenile delinquency. Of the “super-heroes”, only three survived: Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman—but not without some concessions. The Comics Code Authority of 1954 was weak compared to DC Comics’ in-house Editorial Policy Code. The caped crusader lost his dark creature of the night image and instead went to simple story plots that would appeal to preteen boys. Batman would go back in time to seek out historic events or rocket into space on the trail of interplanetary criminals. Many of the “Batman Family” began appearing at this time, such as Batwoman, the original Batgirl, and Ace the Bat-Hound. Secrets were revealed concerning Batman’s utility belt, the Bat Cave, and the decade even started with “The Batmobile of 1950!”. The Superman-Batman World’s Finest Comics team threw the heroes together monthly for various adventures and the two became more alike in their supporting characters (Vicky Vale/Lois Lane, Ace the Bat-Hound/Krypto the Super Dog, Mr.Mxlplyx/Bat-Mite). Batman and Detective Comics suffered from the popular culture influences of the decade with UFOs, creatures from all sorts of nasty places, and even Batman gaining superpowers at various times. It wasn’t until Julius Schwartz took over in 1964 that Batman went back to a “new look” that harkened to the first days of the dark knight detective.

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