Batman is an iconic hero of the comic book superworld and also a unique one. He is an ordinary man by day and the soicial saviour by night. His persona is both menacing and mysterious whilst the true man beneath the costume is heartfelt and sincere. Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne, a billionaire playboy, industrialist, and philanthropist. After witnessing the murder of his parents as a child, Wayne trains himself both physically and intellectually and creates a bat-themed costume in order to fight crime, operating in the fictional city of Gotham. Unlike most superheroes, he does not possess any superpowers; he makes use of intellect, detective skills, science and technology, wealth, physical prowess, and intimidation in his war on crime. The initial character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger and first appeared in 1939. Batman became hugely popular soon after his introduction and gained his own comic book title, Batman, in 1940.
This highly illustrative, graphic art rendition of the Batman story introduces a new, younger audience to his life story. The art is stereotypically one dimensional and highly indicative of the time from which the character was created. It is true comic-book style, but with text that is simple and accessible.