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Welcome to the four hundred and tenth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and nine. This week, when was Batman first deputized? How did the reveal of the Green Goblin in Spider-Man 2099 echo the original reveal of the Hobgoblin? Finally, learn the strange origin of the Archie Comics character Ginger Lopez!
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COMIC LEGEND: Batman was first deputized in the 1960s TV Series.
As I’ve mentioned in the past, Frank Miller has long disliked the Batman TV series. One of the things he especially disliked was how chummy Batman was with the police.
Miller noted in an interview in Legends of the Dark Knight: The History of Batman a few years back:
The worst thing they did on the old TV show was give Batman a badge. You don’t deputize Batman.
It is clear in Miller’s work that he likes it when Batman is juuuuuuuuuuust a bit outside of the law, and in many of Miller’s Batman works, Batman is at odds with the police department…
However, Batman was deputized waaaaaaaaaaaay before the Batman TV series. He here is from 1941’s Batman #7…
And he wore a badge many times.
So Miller was mistaken.
Thanks to commenter PB210 for the suggestion!
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