Batman wasn't the star to start the book, but took over soon after, starting with #27 by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, back in May, 1939, and took over completely by adding Robin to the book with #38, with his Secret Origin.
It even went through 9 previous centennial issues (though, to be fair....one of them wasn't....900 was only 19!).
#100 #200 #300 #400 #500 #600 #700 #800
|Brian Bolland variant|
So many villains started here, like Penguin and Riddler, Two-Face, Clayface, the Calculator....and even some of these short-lived villains like Zebra Man and Zodiac Master, though they weren't as much a pest as Bat-Mite!
There were also other heroes in Detective Comics who were detectives, times when Batman's dad was the hero, or maybe a Mystery Man, as well as times Batman was more stylish than others.
Heck, Batman must be starting to feel a little old, as Batman's own title is 79 (with Batman approaching 80 years!).
|Dan Jurgens/Kevin Nowlan variant|
Sadly, Detective Comics was outpaced by Action Comics, who got to 1000 first.
What will happen in the next 1000 issues?