My daughter and her husband, Ann and Mike, gave me the gift of new socks! They were generous, too, for they not only presented me with the pair pictured above, they gave me a second pair just like them!
Batman was introduced to the world on March 30, 1939 in Detective Comics #27. Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. His first appearance was as a full-grown man, and the Caped Crusader has been fighting crime ever since!
Vexing and dastardly deeds occurring in Gotham? Flash the Bat Signal into the night sky! The Dark Knight and his faithful sidekick, Robin, will surely appear quickly to vanquish the crooks and resolve your problems.
My first introduction to Batman was in the mid-40s. He had not been around that many years. The comic book was not considered the greatest of literature in our household, and yet somehow I managed to get acquainted with this fearless crime fighter.
Many years later with children of my own, I watched Adam West and Burt Ward in the "Batman" series on TV. This program was true to comic book style and I liked it better than I did the subsequent films made for the big screen. This is what the daughter remembered. A very thoughtful gift and reminder of another time in my life.
I liked Batman because, unlike other comic-book superheroes, Batman had no special superhuman powers. He utilized his wealth, ingenuity, physical prowess, wits and skill in his war on criminal activity. That is, he used the same sort of tools used by his nemeses, and by crooks and politicians everywhere. Yet he turned his assets to accomplishment of good.