Batman: The Dark Knight

 BTDK   (DC, 1986)

DC

The super-heroes have been persecuted, then regulated. Wonder Woman went back to her people; Green Lantern went to the stars; and Superman is now an agent for the government, quietly fighting their dirty little wars for them. Only Batman—that aging legend—dared laugh in their faces.

The world is poised on the brink of nuclear war; Batman has been declared an outlaw; and Commissioner Gordon has been replaced by a woman whose dearest desire is to see Batman dead or behind bars.

And the Joker is guest-starring on late night TV.

This four-issue series by Frank Miller changed the legend of the Batman forever. Before, he was just a crimefighter. When it’s over, he’ll truly have become the Dark Knight.

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#1

  3/1/1986
  $2.95
  $82.00
2 copies available from $82.00
SquareboundFrank MillerFrank Miller

#1 (2nd printing)

  3/1/1986
  $2.95
  $78.00
15 copies available from $56.00
2nd printingFrank MillerFrank Miller

#1 (3rd printing)

 
  $2.95
  $5.50
No copies available
3rd printingFrank MillerFrank Miller

#2

  3/1/1986
  $2.95
  $25.00
4 copies available from $20.00
1st appearance of Robin (Carrie Kelly)Frank MillerFrank Miller

#2 (2nd printing)

 
  $2.95
  $2.00
No copies available
2nd printingFrank MillerFrank Miller

#2 (3rd printing)

 
  $2.95
  $49.00
1 copy available for $49.99
3rd printingFrank MillerFrank Miller

#3

 
  $2.95
  $21.00
17 copies available from $6.50
Death of Joker (future); SquareboundFrank MillerFrank Miller

#3 (2nd printing)

 
  $2.95
  $9.00
3 copies available from $7.00
2nd printingFrank MillerFrank Miller

#4

 
  $2.95
  $25.00
5 copies available from $14.45
Death of Alfred (future); SquareboundFrank MillerFrank Miller

Book #1

  11/1/1986
  $12.95
  $15.00
2 copies available from $1.20
First printingFrank MillerFrank Miller

Book #1 (2nd printing)

 
  $12.95
  $19.00
No copies available
Second printingFrank MillerFrank Miller

Book #1 (3rd printing)

 
  $12.95
  $14.00
No copies available
Third printingFrank MillerFrank Miller

Book #1 (4th printing)

 
  $12.95
  $13.00
No copies available
Fourth printingFrank MillerFrank Miller

Book #1 (5th printing)

 
  $12.95
  $15.00
No copies available
Fifth printingFrank MillerFrank Miller

Book #1 (6th printing)

  1/1/2002
  $14.95
  $13.00
No copies available
6th PrintingFrank MillerFrank Miller

Book #1 (7th printing)

  5/1/1997
  $12.95
  $13.50
1 copy available for $1.75
Seventh printing; Collects series; Trade paperbackFrank MillerFrank Miller

Book #1 (8th printing)

  1/1/2002
  $12.95
  $15.00
No copies available
Eighth printing; Collects series; Trade paperbackFrank MillerFrank Miller

Book #1 (9th printing)

 
  $14.99
  $19.00
No copies available
9th Printing; Trade paperback; Collects Batman: The Dark Knight #1–4; ca. 2002Frank MillerFrank Miller

Book #1 (10th printing)

 
  $19.99
  $19.99
1 copy available for $19.99
Collects The Dark Knight Returns #1-4; ca. 2016Frank MillerFrank Miller

Book #1 Variation A

  11/1/1986
  $12.95
  $13.00
No copies available
Retail versionFrank MillerFrank Miller

Book #1 Hardcover

 
  $19.95
  $295.00
No copies available
HardcoverFrank MillerFrank Miller

Book #1 Hardcover (2nd printing)

 
  $24.95
  $13.50
No copies available
HardcoverFrank MillerFrank Miller

Book #1 Limited Edition

 
  $40.00
  $100.00
No copies available
Signed, numbered hardcoverFrank MillerFrank Miller

Special Edition #1

  10/1/2014
  $1.00
  $1.00
No copies available
Indicia reads title as Batman Essentials-Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Special Edition; Includes partial reprint of Batman: The Dark Knight #1Frank MillerFrank Miller