BELLINGHAM â€“ Like bats to the Batcave, legions of Batman fans swarmed Friendly Neighborhood Comics Wednesday to celebrate the Caped Crusaderâ€™s 75th anniversary with a boatload of giveaways, including a free, special edition of Detective Comics #27, featuring a reimagining of Batmanâ€™s 1939 comic book debut.
To celebrate Batmanâ€™s diamond jubilee this year, comic shops, bookstores and libraries by the hundreds yesterday observed â€śBatman Day,â€ť a full day devoted to all things Dark Knight.
Ernie Pelletier Jr., owner of Friendly Neighborhood Comics, one of two comic shops in Bellingham, said DC Entertainment partnered with him and thousands of comic book retailers and bookstores across the nation to celebrate the big day.
In addition to the free comic book, DC Entertainment provided retailers access to an assortment of other collectibles to help in the celebration, including a Batman 75th anniversary cape, bookmarks featuring essential Batman graphic novels and four Batman masks designed by comic book artist Ryan Sook spotlighting a variety of the characterâ€™s iconic looks from his 75-year history.
Continuing the celebration, DC Entertainment is also partnering with Random House to bring â€śBatman Dayâ€ť to over 1,000 libraries across the country on Saturday.
Fanboys were lining up yesterday at Friendly Neighborhood Comics to get their free edition of Detective Comics #27, designed by Chip Kidd. The issue, a modern retelling of Batman's 1939 origin story, is written by New York Times best-selling author Brad Meltzer, who considers himself a life-long squire of the Dark Knight.
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