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Bronze Age Batman (1970-1979)

Batman in the 1970s took the lead of writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Neal Adams, who collectively drew the character back into complexity and strength, and created Ra's-Al-Ghul and his daughter Talia (Adams also devised Man-Bat). Other memorable new characters emerged: "Boss" Rupert Thorne, Wayne Enterprises stalwart Lucius Fox, Wayne girlfriend Silver St. Cloud, and Harvey Bullock. Arkham Asylum made its first appearance in 1974.

DC Comics legend Dick Giordano provided inks for Batman, while penciller Jim Aparo dominated The Brave and the Bold, beginning in 1970. Heralded artist Marshall Rogers (and inker Terry Austin) tackled Batman in the '70s, as did Irv Novick, Walt Simonson, and Bob Brown. Many writers also tried their hand at Batman at this time, including Frank Robbins, Mike Friedrich, Archie Goodwin, Steve Englehart, Len Wein, Bob Rozakis, and Gerry Conway. The fondly recalled (though short-lived) Batman Family title sprouted up for 20 issues between 1975 and 1978.


Works Cited

Hughes, Bob. "Batman Who's Whose" Who's Whose in the DC Universe. 2002. (27 May 2005).

Koolman, Michael. "Batman" Mykey3000. (27 May 2005).

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