Detective Comics

Title used for two American comic book series
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Detective Comics
Detective Comics 27 (May 1939).png
Detective Comics #27 (May 1939).
Art by Bob Kane
Publication information
PublisherDetective Comics, Inc.: #1–119
National Comics Publications: #120–296
National Periodical Publications: #297–467
DC Comics: #468–current
  • Monthly:
    #1–434, #446–466, #489–811
    Eight times a year:
    #435–445, #467–468, #475–488
FormatOngoing series
Publication date
  • (vol. 1)
    March 1937 – October 2011
    (vol. 2)
    November 2011 – July 2016
    (vol. 1 cont.)
    August 2016–present
No. of issues
  • (vol. 1): 883 (#1–881, plus issues numbered #0 and #1,000,000) and 12 Annuals
    (vol. 2): 57 (#1–52, plus issues numbered #0 and #23.1 through 23.4) and 3 Annuals
    (vol. 1 cont.): 128 (#934–1062) and 4 Annuals (as of September 2022 cover date)
Main character(s)
Creative team
Written by

Detective Comics is an American comic book series published by Detective Comics, later shortened to DC Comics. The first volume, published from 1937 to 2011 (and later continued in 2016), is best known for introducing the superhero Batman in Detective Comics #27 (cover-dated May 1939).

A second series of the same title was launched in September 2011, but in 2016, reverted to the original volume numbering. The series is the source of its publishing company's name, and—along with Action Comics, the series that launched with the debut of Superman—one of the medium's signature series. The series published 881 issues between 1937 and 2011 and is the longest continuously published comic book in the United States.[1][Note 1]

Publication history

Detective Comics #1 (March 1937). Art by Vin Sullivan.

Detective Comics was the final publication of the entrepreneur Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, whose comics company, National Allied Publications, would evolve into DC Comics, one of the world's two largest comic book publishers, though long after its founder had left it. Wheeler-Nicholson's first two titles were the landmark New Fun: The Big Comic-Magazine #1 (cover-dated Feb. 1935), colloquially called New Fun Comics #1 and the first such early comic book to contain all-original content, rather than a mix of newspaper comic strips and comic-strip-style new material. His second effort, New Comics #1, would be retitled twice to become Adventure Comics, another seminal series that ran for decades until issue #503 in 1983, and was later revived in 2009.

The third and final title published under his aegis would be Detective Comics, advertised with a cover illustration dated December 1936, but eventually premiering three months later, with a March 1937 cover date. Wheeler-Nicholson was in debt to printing-plant owner and magazine distributor Harry Donenfeld, who was, as well, a pulp-magazine publisher and a principal in the magazine distributorship Independent News. Wheeler-Nicholson took Donenfeld on as a partner in order to publish Detective Comics #1 through the newly formed Detective Comics, Inc., with Wheeler-Nicholson and Jack S. Liebowitz, Donenfeld's accountant, listed as owners.[2] Wheeler-Nicholson was forced out a year later.

Originally an anthology comic, in the manner of the times, Detective Comics #1 (March 1937) featured stories in the "hard-boiled detective" genre, with such stars as Ching Lung (a Fu Manchu-style "Yellow Peril" villain); Slam Bradley (created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster before their character Superman saw print two years later); and Speed Saunders, among others. Its first editor, Vin Sullivan, also drew the debut issue's cover. The Crimson Avenger debuted in issue #20 (October 1938).[3]

Early issues of the series have been criticized for their racism and xenophobia.[4][5][6][7]

Batman / Bruce Wayne

Cover of Detective Comics #140 (October 1948), the first appearance of the Riddler. Art by Win Mortimer.

Detective Comics #27 (March 1939 with a printed date of May 1939) first appearance of Batman.[8] That superhero would eventually become the star of the title, the cover logo of which is often written as "Detective Comics featuring Batman". Because of its significance, issue #27 is widely considered one of the most valuable comic books in existence, with one copy selling for $1,075,000 in a February 2010 auction.[9]

Batman's origin is first revealed in a two-page story in issue #33 (Nov. 1939).[10] Batman became the main cover feature of the title beginning with issue #35 (Jan. 1940).[11] Issue #38 (April 1940) introduced Batman's sidekick Robin, billed as "The Sensational Character Find of 1940" on the cover and the first of several characters that would make up the "Batman Family."[12] Robin's appearance and the subsequent increase in sales of the book soon led to the trend of superheroes and young sidekicks that characterize the era that fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books. Several of Batman's best known villains debuted in the pages of Detective Comics during this era, including the Penguin in issue #58,[13] Two-Face in issue #66,[14] and the Riddler in issue #140.[15]

Batwoman first appeared in Detective Comics #233 (July 1956).[16] Since the family formula had proven very successful for the Superman franchise, editor Jack Schiff suggested to Batman co-creator Bob Kane that he create one for the Batman. A female was chosen first, to offset the charges made by Fredric Wertham that Batman and Robin were homosexual.[17] Writer Bill Finger and artist Sheldon Moldoff introduced Bat-Mite in issue #267 (May 1959)[18] and Clayface in #298 (Dec. 1961).[19]

In 1964, Julius Schwartz was made responsible for reviving the fading Batman titles.[20] Writer John Broome and artist Carmine Infantino jettisoned the sillier aspects that had crept into the franchise such as Ace the Bathound and Bat-Mite and gave the character a "New Look" that premiered in Detective Comics #327 (May 1964).[21] Schwartz, Gardner Fox, and Infantino introduced, from the William Dozier produced TV series, Barbara Gordon as a new version of Batgirl in a story titled "The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!" in issue #359 (Jan. 1967).[22] Mike Friedrich wrote the 30th anniversary Batman story in Detective Comics #387 (May 1969) which was drawn by Bob Brown.[23]

Writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Neal Adams had their first collaboration on Batman on the story "The Secret of the Waiting Graves" in issue #395 (Jan. 1970).[24] The duo, under the direction of Schwartz,[25] would revitalize the character with a series of noteworthy stories reestablishing Batman's dark, brooding nature and taking the books away from the campy look and feel of the 1966–68 ABC TV series.[26] Comics historian Les Daniels observed that "O'Neil's interpretation of Batman as a vengeful obsessive-compulsive, which he modestly describes as a return to the roots, was actually an act of creative imagination that has influenced every subsequent version of the Dark Knight."[27] Adams introduced the Man-Bat with writer Frank Robbins in Detective Comics #400 (June 1970).[28] O'Neil and artist Bob Brown crafted Batman's first encounter with the League of Assassins in Detective Comics #405 (Nov. 1970)[29] and created Talia al Ghul in issue #411 (May 1971).[30]

After publishing on a monthly schedule throughout its run, Detective Comics became a bi-monthly book from issues #435 (June–July 1973) to #445 (Feb.-March 1975). Issues #438 (Dec. 1973-Jan. 1974) to #445 (Feb.–March 1975) of the series were in the 100 Page Super Spectacular format.[31] O'Neil and artist Dick Giordano created the Batman supporting character Leslie Thompkins in the story "There Is No Hope in Crime Alley" appearing in issue #457 (March 1976).[32] Writer Steve Englehart and artist Marshall Rogers produced an acclaimed run of Batman stories in Detective Comics #471–476 (Aug. 1977 – April 1978),[33] and provided one of the definitive interpretations that influenced the 1989 Batman film and would be adapted for the 1990s animated series.[34] The Englehart and Rogers pairing, was described in 2009 by comics writer and historian Robert Greenberger as "one of the greatest" creative teams to work on the Batman character.[35] In their story "The Laughing Fish", the Joker is brazen enough to disfigure fish with a rictus grin, then expects to be granted a federal trademark on them, only to start killing the bureaucrats who try to explain to him that obtaining such a claim on a natural resource is legally impossible.[36] Writer Len Wein and Rogers co-created the third version of the supervillain Clayface in Detective Comics #478 (July–Aug. 1978).[37] From issue #481 (Dec. 1978 – Jan. 1979) through #495 (Oct. 1980), the magazine adopted the expanded Dollar Comics format used by the canceled Batman Family,[38] adding solo features including "Robin: the Teen Wonder", "Batgirl", the "Human Target" and the anthology "Tales of Gotham City", which featured stories of the city's ordinary people. Julius Schwartz, who had edited the title for most of its run since 1964, left the series as of issue #484 (June–July 1979)[20] The original Katherine Kane also known as "Batwoman" was killed in the lead story in issue #485 (Aug.–Sept. 1979) by the League of Assassins.[39]

The title's 500th issue (March 1981) featured stories by several well-known creators including television writer Alan Brennert and Walter B. Gibson best known for his work on the pulp fiction character The Shadow.[40][41] Also used during the 1980s was the use of serialization of the main Batman story, with stories from Detective Comics and Batman directly flowing from one book to another, with cliffhangers at the end of each book's monthly story that would be resolved in the other title of that month. A single writer handled both books during that time beginning with Gerry Conway and followed up by Doug Moench. The supervillain Killer Croc made a shadowy cameo in issue #523 (Feb. 1983).[42] Noted author Harlan Ellison wrote the Batman story in issue #567.[43]

Writer Mike W. Barr and artists Alan Davis and Todd McFarlane crafted the "Batman: Year Two" storyline in Detective Comics #575–578 which followed up on Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One".[44] Writer Alan Grant and artist Norm Breyfogle introduced the Ventriloquist in their first Batman story together[45] and the Ratcatcher in their third (#585).[46] Sam Hamm, who wrote the screenplay for Tim Burton's Batman, wrote the "Blind Justice" story in Detective Comics issues #598–600.[47] Chuck Dixon became the writer of the series with issue #644 (May 1992).[48] He and Tom Lyle co-created the Electrocutioner in Detective Comics #644 (May 1992)[49] and Stephanie Brown in Detective Comics #647 (August 1992).[50]

The "Batman: Legacy" storyline began in issue #700 (August 1996).[51] The "No Man's Land" storyline crossed over into Detective Comics in issues #730–741. Writer Greg Rucka and artist Shawn Martinbrough became the creative team as of issue #742 (March 2000)[52] and created the Sasha Bordeaux character in issue #751 (Dec. 2000).[53] Issue #800 (Jan. 2005) was written by Andersen Gabrych and drawn by Pete Woods.[54] Paul Dini became the writer of the series as of issue #821 (Sept. 2006)[55] and created a new version of the Ventriloquist in #827 (March 2007).[56] Scott Snyder became the writer of Detective Comics with issue #871 (Jan. 2011).[57]

Back-up features

In addition to the Batman stories, the title has had numerous back-up strips. The Boy Commandos by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby debuted in Detective Comics #64 (June 1942) and were then soon spun off into their own title.[58] The character Roy Raymond first appeared in issue #153 (Nov. 1949).[59] The Martian Manhunter was created by writer Joseph Samachson and artist Joe Certa in the back-up story "The Strange Experiment of Dr. Erdel" in Detective Comics #225 (Nov. 1955).[60] After issue #326 (April 1964), the Martian Manhunter was moved to House of Mystery and in issue #327 the Elongated Man and his wife, now remodeled after Dashiell Hammett's Nick and Nora Charles, took over. The characters crossed over with Batman three times. The Elongated Man run lasted until issue #383 (Jan. 1969) and his feature returned sporadically 15 times until issue #572, which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the title by teaming him up with Batman, Robin, Slam Bradley and Sherlock Holmes against Edgar Moriarty, the great-grandnephew of Professor Moriarty. After the Elongated Man back-up feature ended, Batgirl held the role until issue #424. After moving her to Batman Family, she returned from issues #481-519. Jason Bard appeared as the backup feature in the odd-numbered issues of Detective from #425-435.[61] The Manhunter was resurrected in a story by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson in issue #437 (Oct.-Nov. 1973).[62][63] With the last episode of the series, Manhunter moved to the front of the book in a full-length team-up with Batman. The Green Arrow became the back-up feature starting with issue #521 (Dec. 1982)[64] and running until #567 (Oct. 1986).[65] The Black Canary received a new costume in the back-up story in issue #554 (Sept. 1985).[66] DC Comics Bonus Books were included in issues #589 (August 1988)[67] and 595 (Jan. 1989).[68]

After a lengthy absence, the back-up features returned for issues #746–810. These were more closed-ended stories featuring new and established characters in the Batman mythos. The first was "The Jacobian" in issues #746–757, followed by a one-issue Batman story in #758. The following issues, #759–762, featured Slam Bradley and were a lead-in to the 2002 Catwoman series. Issues #763–772 featured Josephine "Josie Mac" MacDonald, a Gotham police detective. Issues #773–775 were titled "Tales of Gotham" and feature Detectives Crispus Allen and Renee Montoya. Batman starred in "Spore" from issues #776–780. #781 featured a special Elseworlds tale, while #782 featured a Batman solo tale. Issue #783 featured a prelude to the "Death and the Maidens" miniseries and issue #784 featured a Josie Mac tale. The "Tales of Gotham" stories resumed in issues #785–788 with "The Dogcatcher", and #789–794 featured "The Tailor". "Polished Stone", featuring the Green Arrow and Onyx, ran in issues #795–796. "Low", featuring the Riddler and Poison Ivy, ran from issues #797–799. Detective Comics #800 featured a short Batman back-up story under the "Tales of Gotham" banner. A four-issue (#801–805) story featuring the Barker entitled "When You're Strange" was next and "Mud" in issue #805. A two-issue story (#806–807) featuring Alfred was followed by the last back-up, a three-issue (#808–810) Killer Croc story.

The "Manhunter" series that ran as a backup in Detective Comics from 1973 to 1974 won the Shazam Award for "Best Individual Short Story (Dramatic)" in 1974 for the story "Cathedral Perilous" in issue #441, written by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson.


In 2009, as part of a planned reorganization of the Batman universe due to the events shown in Batman R.I.P. and Final Crisis, Detective Comics went on hiatus for three months while DC Comics published the Battle for the Cowl miniseries. Upon its return, the series featured the newly reintroduced (in 52) Batwoman as the new star of the book, as well as a 10-page back-up feature starring Renee Montoya as the new Question.[69] The series returned Batman to a starring role in early 2010.

The New 52

DC Comics relaunched Detective Comics with issue #1 in September 2011, as part of an initiative called The New 52.[70] The series was written and drawn by Tony Daniel until the 12th issue, with the team of John Layman and Jason Fabok beginning with issue #13.[71][72]

The first issue of the relaunched Detective Comics has received six printings, second only to the relaunched Justice League which had seven printings.[73] The series' 7th issue was also DC Comic's 6th highest selling digital comic, ranking above many other series in the Batman category.[74] Scott West of gave the series' third arc a positive review, stating that "After last month's disappointing ‘Night of the Owls’ tie-in issue, it's nice to see ‘Detective Comics’ getting back to where it should be...good detective stories."[75] The relaunched Detective Comics received the award for "Best Series" at the 2012 Stan Lee Awards.[76] The series' first collected edition would reach the number 1 spot on The New York Times Best Seller list in the category of "Hardcover Graphic Books".[77]

Daniel wrote and penciled the series until the Night of the Owls crossover, at which point Ed Benes, Julio Ferreira, and Eduardo Pansica began drawing the series for a three-issue arc.[78][79] The price of Detective Comics was increased due to the addition of a backup feature starring Batman villain Two-Face, which was written by Daniel and illustrated by Syzmon Kudranski, this followed a similar backup featuring Professor Hugo Strange.[80] Daniel left the series with issue #12 being his last as writer and the "0" issue his last as penciller.[81]

DC celebrated the first anniversary of The New 52 in September 2012 by publishing a number "0" of each original New 52 title which act as prequels to the series and reveal previously unexplained plot elements.[82] Gregg Hurwitz wrote the "0" issue.[83] Hurwitz was approached by Daniel to write the "0" issue due to Daniel's busy schedule.[84][85] To follow up on the Night of the Owls elements in Detective Comics, Daniel wrote Detective Comics Annual #1, which was pencilled by Romano Molenaar and inked by Sandu Florea.[86]

Following Daniel's tenure on the series, John Layman became the new writer and Jason Fabok the new artist[87] with James Tynion IV writing the backup features and Syzmon Kudranski remaining as artist for Tynion's first feature. With issue #19 of Detective Comics vol. 2, released on April 3, 2013, the series reached 900 issues as combined with the first volume of the series, and was a special oversized celebratory issue. Under Layman, the series featured its first crossover, Gothtopia after which Layman and Fabok moved to the Batman Eternal series and Detective Comics was taken over by Brain Buccalleto and Francis Manapul.[88]

In commemoration of the second anniversary of The New 52, DC Comics announced "Villains Month" with Detective Comics getting four issues. The issues starred Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, the Scarecrow, and the Man-Bat, and, respectively, being numbered #23.1, #23.2, #23.3, and #23.4, by an ensemble of writers and artists.[89]

For the 75th anniversary of Batman, issue #27 was a larger-sized issue featuring new stories by Brad Meltzer and Bryan Hitch,[90] Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy, Peter Tomasi and Ian Bertram, John Layman and Jason Fabok, Gregg Hurwitz and Neal Adams, Mike W. Barr and Guillem March, and one written and drawn by Francesco Francavilla. In addition, variant covers to the issue were by Greg Capullo, Frank Miller, Chris Burnham, Jim Lee, Jason Fabok, and Tony Daniel. Single page artwork included work by Kelley Jones, Mike Allred, Patrick Gleason, and Jock.

2016 – present

Writer Peter Tomasi at a 2019 signing for the series' 1,000th issue at Midtown Comics in Manhattan

In February 2016, DC Comics announced that as part of the company's continuity relaunch called DC Rebirth, Detective Comics would resume its original numbering system with June 2016's issue #934. The 52 issues of Detective Comics volume 2 (2011-2016) were added to the original count of 881 issues from Detective Comics volume 1 (1937-2011), making Detective Comics #934 the premier issue following the end of the DC Rebirth initiative. The series was published twice-monthly.[91]

The creative team beginning with issue #934 included writer James Tynion IV and artists Eddy Barrows and Alvaro Martinez.[92] The series featured a team led by Batman and Batwoman (Kate Kane), operating out of a secondary base in the heart of Gotham known as the Belfry. Team members initially included Red Robin (Tim Drake), Spoiler (Stephanie Brown), Orphan (Cassandra Cain) and Clayface (Basil Karlo), with Batwing (Luke Fox) and Azrael (Jean-Paul Valley) later recruited as new members.[93] Zatanna also briefly joins the team as a guest star in several issues. This status quo ended with the conclusion of Tynion's run on the series in issue #981, published May 2018. During the interim period without a permanent writer, Bryan Edward Hill wrote the story arc "On the Outside" starring Batman, Orphan, Signal, Katana and Black Lightning over issues #983-987 as a prelude to his ongoing series Batman and the Outsiders. The next regular writer, Peter Tomasi, began on the series with issue #994, published December 2018. Tomasi's run as writer continued for two years until issue #1033, published December 2020.

On March 27, 2019, DC Comics released the series' 1,000th issue,[94] marking the second American comic book in history to reach that milestone after Action Comics in 2018.[95][96][97] The issue, which coincided with Batman's 80th anniversary,[98] is an anthology featuring several stories from a variety of different creative teams.[94]

Writer Mariko Tamaki began on the series with issue #1034 as part of the Infinite Frontier line-wide relaunch.[citation needed] In April 2022, it was announced that Ram V and Rafael Albuquerque would serve as the new creative team starting with issue #1062.[99]

Character debuts

Character Issue Publication
Slam Bradley and Speed Saunders #1 March 1937
The Crimson Avenger and Wing How #20 October 1938
Batman (Bruce Wayne) and Commissioner Gordon #27 May 1939
Doctor Death #29 July 1939
The Monk, Julie Madison #31 Sept. 1939
Dala #32 Oct. 1939
Joe Chill, Thomas Wayne, Martha Wayne #33 Nov. 1939
Professor Hugo Strange #36 Feb. 1940
Robin #38 April 1940
Clayface (Basil Karlo) #40 June 1940
The Penguin #58 December 1941
Air Wave #60 February 1942
Mister Baffle #63 May 1942
The Boy Commandos #64 June 1942
Two-Face #66 Aug. 1942
Tweedledum and Tweedledee #74 April 1943
The Cavalier #81 Nov. 1943
The Riddler #140 October 1948
Pow Wow Smith #151 Sept. 1949
Roy Raymond #153 Nov. 1949
The Red Hood #168 Feb. 1951
The Firefly #184 June 1952
Mysto #203 January 1954
Mirror Man #213 Nov. 1954
The Batmen of All Nations #215 Jan. 1955
The Martian Manhunter #225 Nov. 1955
The Impostor Mad Hatter #230 April 1956
Batwoman (Kathy Kane) #233 July 1956
Diane Meade #246 Aug. 1957
The Terrible Trio #253 March 1958
The Calendar Man #259 Sept. 1958
Doctor Double X #261 Nov. 1958
Bat-Mite #267 May 1959
Clayface (Matt Hagen) #298 Dec. 1961
The Catman, Zook #311 Jan. 1963
The Idol Head of Diabolu #326 April 1964
The Outsider #334 Dec. 1964
The Blockbuster #345 Nov. 1965
The Cluemaster #351 May 1966
Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) #359 Jan. 1967
Jason Bard #392 Oct. 1969
The Man-Bat #400 June 1970
Talia al Ghul #411 May 1971
Harvey Bullock #441 July 1974
Leslie Thompkins #457 March 1976
The Calculator #463 Sept. 1976
Doctor Phosphorus, "Boss" Rupert Thorne #469 May 1977
Silver St. Cloud #470 June 1977
Clayface (Preston Payne) #478 July 1978
Maxie Zeus #483 May 1979
The Odd Man #487 December 1979
The Swashbuckler #493 March 1980
Killer Croc #523[Note 2] Feb. 1983
Onyx #546 Jan. 1985
The Ventriloquist (Arnold Wesker) #583 Feb. 1988
The Ratcatcher #585 April 1988
Anarky (Lonnie Machin) #608 Nov. 1989
Renee Montoya #642 March 1992
Stephanie Brown #647 Jun. 1992
Cypher #657 March 1993
Crispus Allen #742 March 2000
Sasha Bordeaux #751 Dec. 2000
Nyssa Raatko #783 Aug. 2003
The Ventriloquist (Peyton Riley) #827 March 2007
The Dollmaker (vol. 2) #1 Sept. 2011
Dollhouse, Mister Toxic (vol. 2) #2 Oct. 2011
Eli Strange (vol. 2) #5 March 2012
Emperor Blackgate (vol. 2) #13 Nov. 2012
The Merrymaker (vol. 2) #17 Feb. 2013
Anarky (Sam Young) (vol. 2) #37 Feb. 2015
The Arkham Knight #1000 May 2019
The Silver Ghost #1027 November 2020


  1. ^ Action Comics amassed more individual issues, 904 in total, despite launching a year after Detective due to 42 issues (#601–642) in 1988–89 that were published weekly, and because of Detective Comics' bimonthly run from 1973 to 1975. The American record-holder for most issues published is Dell Comics' Four Color series, which amassed more than 1,300 issues over a 23-year run.
  2. ^ There was a shadowy cameo in Detective Comics #523 (Feb. 1983)[42] and his first full appearance is credited to Batman #357 (March 1983)

Collected editions

Volume 1 (1937-2011)

The Detective Comics series has been collected into a number of trade paperbacks and hardback collections.

Batman Archive editions

All DC Archive Editions are hardback only and printed on high quality archival paper.

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Batman Archives Vol. 1 Stories from Detective Comics #27–50 November 1997 HC: 978-0930289607
Batman Archives Vol. 2 Stories from Detective Comics #51–70 November 1997 HC: 978-1563890000
Batman Archives Vol. 3 Stories from Detective Comics #71–86 November 1997 HC: 978-1563890994
Batman Archives Vol. 4 Stories from Detective Comics #87–102 December 1998 HC: 978-1563894145
Batman Archives Vol. 5 Stories from Detective Comics #103–119 April 2001 HC: 978-1563897252
Batman Archives Vol. 6 Stories from Detective Comics #120–135 August 2005 HC: 978-1401204099
Batman Archives Vol. 7 Stories from Detective Comics #136–154 November 2007 HC: 978-1401214937
Batman Archives Vol. 8 Stories from Detective Comics #155–170 July 2012 HC: 978-1401233761
Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives Vol. 1 Batman #164–166; Detective Comics #327–333 March 2003 HC: 978-1563899324
Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives Vol. 2 Batman #168–171; Detective Comics #334–339 June 2006 HC: 978-1401207724

Batman Chronicles

The Batman Chronicles series plans to reprint every Batman adventure in color, in chronological order, in affordable trade paperbacks. It is not to be confused with the now-finished series of the same name.

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Batman Chronicles Vol. 1 Detective Comics #27–38; Batman #1 April 2005 SC: 978-1401204457
Batman Chronicles Vol. 2 Detective Comics #39–45; Batman #2–3; New York World's Fair Comics #2 September 2006 SC: 978-1401207908
Batman Chronicles Vol. 3 Detective Comics #46–50; Batman #4–5; World's Best Comics #1 May 2007 SC: 978-1401213473
Batman Chronicles Vol. 4 Detective Comics #51–56; World's Finest Comics #2–3; Batman #6–7 October 2007 SC: 978-1401214623
Batman Chronicles Vol. 5 Detective Comics #57–61; World's Finest Comics #4; Batman #8–9 April 2008 SC: 978-1401216825
Batman Chronicles Vol. 6 Detective Comics #62–66; World's Finest Comics #5–6; Batman #10–11 October 2008 SC: 978-1401219611
Batman Chronicles Vol. 7 Detective Comics #67–70; World's Finest Comics #7; Batman #12–13 March 2009 SC: 978-1401221348
Batman Chronicles Vol. 8 Detective Comics #71–74; World's Finest Comics #8–9; Batman #14–15 October 2009 SC: 978-1401224844
Batman Chronicles Vol. 9 Detective Comics #75–77; World's Finest Comics #10; Batman #16–17 March 2010 SC: 978-1401226459
Batman Chronicles Vol. 10 Detective Comics #78–81; World's Finest Comics #11; Batman #18–19 December 2010 SC: 978-1401228958
Batman Chronicles Vol. 11 Detective Comics #82–85; World's Finest Comics #12; Batman #20–21 January 2013 SC: 978-1401237394

Showcase Presents

All Showcase Presents collections are large (over 500 pages), softcover, black and white only reprints.

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Showcase Presents: Batman Vol. 1 Detective Comics #327–342; Batman #164–174 August 2006 SC: 978-1401210861
Showcase Presents: Batman Vol. 2 Detective Comics #343–358; Batman #175, #177–181, #183–184, #188 June 2007 SC: 978-1401213626
Showcase Presents: Batman Vol. 3 Detective Comics #359–375; Batman #189–192, #194–197, #199–201 July 2008 SC: 978-1401217198
Showcase Presents: Batman Vol. 4 Detective Comics #376–390; Batman #202–215 July 2009 SC: 978-1401223144
Showcase Presents: Batman Vol. 5 Detective Comics #391–404; Batman #216–228 December 2011 SC: 978-1401232368
Showcase Presents: Batman Vol. 6 Detective Comics #408–426; Batman #229–244 January 2016 SC: 978-1401251536
Showcase Presents: Martian Manhunter Vol. 1 Detective Comics #225–304 July 2007 SC: 978-1401213688
Showcase Presents: Martian Manhunter Vol. 2 Detective Comics #305–326 May 2009 SC: 978-1401222567
Showcase Presents: Robin the Boy Wonder Vol. 1 Robin stories from Detective Comics #386, 390, 394–395, 398–403, 445, 447, 450–451 January 2008 SC: 978-1401216764
Showcase Presents: Batgirl Vol. 1 Batgirl stories from Detective Comics #359, 363, 369, 371, 384–385, 388–389, 392–393, 396–397, 400–401, 404–424 July 2007 SC: 978-1401213671
Showcase Presents: Enemy Ace Vol. 1 includes Enemy Ace story from Detective Comics #404 February 2008 SC: 978-1401217211

Celebration hardcovers

Starting in 2014, DC began releasing character retrospective anthologies, several of which feature issues of Detective Comics

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years Detective Comics #27, 83, 211, 216, 327, 359, 395, 442, 474, 574, 633, 711, 757, 821;
Batman #1, 49, 181, 497 Batman (vol. 2) #2, World's Finest Comics #94, DC Special Series #21, Batman Special #1
July 2014 978-1401247584
Robin the Boy Wonder: A Celebration of 75 Years Detective Comics #38, 342; Batman #20, 107, 156, 408, 428, 442, 657; Star-Spangled Comics #82, 86, 103;
Batman Family #1; Nightwing #25, 101; Superman/Batman #7, 77; Robin (vol. 4) #46, 126; Batman & Robin Annual #1; Justice League of America #55; DC One Million 80-Page Giant #1,000,000
May 2015 978-1401255367
The Joker: A Celebration of 75 Years Batman #1, 5, 25, 32, 85, 163, 251, 427, Batman (vol. 2) #15, Detective Comics #64, 168, 180, 475, 476, 726, 741, 826,
Detective Comics (vol. 2) #1, World's Finest Comics #61, Superman (vol. 2) #9, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #66
July 2014 978-1401247591
Two-Face: A Celebration of 75 Years Detective Comics #66, 68, 80, 739; Batman #50, 81, 234, 410–411, 572, Annual #14; The Brave and the Bold #106; The Joker #1; Secret Origins #1; Batman: Black and White #1; Gotham Central #10; Joker's Asylum: Two-Face #1; Batman and Robin #23 November 2017 978-1-4012-7438-2
Green Arrow: A Celebration of 75 Years More Fun Comics #73, 89; Leading Comics #1; Adventure Comics #256; Justice League of America #4; The Brave and the Bold #85;
Green Lantern/Green Arrow #85, 86, 90; Detective Comics #549–550; 559; Green Arrow (vol. 2) #24, 100–101; Green Arrow (vol. 3) #4, 18; Green Arrow Year One #2;
Green Arrow and Black Canary Wedding Special #1; Justice League #8; Green Arrow (vol. 4) #24
July 2016 978-1401263867

Tales of The Batman/Legends of the Dark Knight

These hardcover books reprint issues by particular creators and contain many issues of Detective Comics, as well as other Batman titles.

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Tales of the Batman: Carmine Infantino Detective Comics #327–347, 349, 351–371, 500, Batman #166–175, 181, 183–184, 188–192, 194–199, The Brave and the Bold #172, 183, 190, 194, DC Comics Presents: Batman #1. June 2014 9781401247553
Tales of the Batman: Len Wein Detective Comics #408, 444–448, 466, 478–479, 500, 514, Batman #307–310, 312–319, 321–324, 326–327,
World's Finest Comics #207, DC Retroactive Batman – The 70s, Untold Legends of the Batman #1–3, Batman Black and White #5
December 2014 978-1401251543
Tales of the Batman: Archie Goodwin Batman stories from Detective Comics #437–438 and #440–442, the Manhunter stories from #437–442,
and the Batman/Manhunter team-up from #443; Detective Comics Annual #3; Showcase '95 #11; Batman Black and White #1 and 4;
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #132–136; the Batman: Night Cries graphic novel
July 2013 978-1401238292
Legends of the Dark Knight: Jim Aparo Volume 3 Detective Comics #444–446, Batman Family #17, The Brave and the Bold #152, 154, 155, 157–162, 168–170, 173–178, 180–182,
The Untold Legend of the Batman #1–3
September 2017 978-1401271619
Legends of the Dark Knight: Michael Golden Batman Family #15-20, Batman #295, 303, DC Special Series #15, Detective Comics #482, Batman Special #1, Batman: Gotham Knights #22
Covers from Detective Comics #625-626, 628-631, 633, 644-646, Batman #484-485, Showcase '93,
Nightwing #66-77 & #129-130 and the Man-Bat entry from Who's Who in the DC Universe #12
June 2019 978-1401289614
Legends of the Dark Knight: Marshall Rogers Detective Comics #468, 471–476, 478–479, 481; DC Special Series #15; Secret Origins #6;
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #132–136; Batman: Dark Detective #1–6
November 2011 978-1401232276
Tales of the Batman: Don Newton Detective Comics #480, 483–497; Batman #305–306, 328; The Brave and the Bold #153, 156 and 165 December 2011 978-1401232948
Tales of the Batman: Alan Brennert The Brave and the Bold #178, 181, 182 and 197, Detective Comics #500, Batman: Holy Terror July 2016 978-1401263492
Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway Volume 1 Detective Comics #463, 464, 497–499, 501–504, The Brave And The Bold #158, 161, 171–174, Batman #295, 305, 306,
Batman Family #17, Man-Bat #1, World's Finest Comics #250, #269
July 2017 978-1401272555
Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway Volume 2 Detective Comics #505–513, Batman #337–346, 348; World's Finest Comics #270 August 2018 978-1401281632
Tales of the Batman: Gerry Conway Volume 3 Detective Comics #515-526, Batman #349-359 September 2019 978-1401292737
Tales of the Batman: Gene Colan Volume One Detective Comics #517, 520, 523, 528–529 and Batman #340, 343–345, 348–351 August 2011 978-1401231019
Tales of the Batman: Gene Colan Volume Two Batman #373, Detective Comics #530–538 and #540–544, World's Finest Comics #297 and #299 March 2018 978-1401277697
Legends of the Dark Knight: Alan Davis Detective Comics #569–575, Batman: Full Circle, Batman: Gotham Knights #25 February 2013 978-1401236816
Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle Volume One Detective Comics #579, 582–594, 601–607, stories from Batman Annual #11–12 July 2015 978-1401258986
Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle Volume Two Detective Comics #608-621 and Batman #455-459 November 2018 978-1401285128
Tales of the Batman: J.H. Williams Batman #526,550, 667–669, Batman Annual #21, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #86–88, 192–196, Chase #7–8, Detective Comics #821 July 2014 978-1401247621
Legends of the Dark Knight: Matt Wagner Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #28-30; Batman: Riddler—the Riddle Factory; Batman Black and White #3;
Batman: the Monster Men #1-6; Batman: The Mad Monk #1-6; Batman #54, Robin II #1, Robin III #5, Detective Comics #647-649, Batman #626-641
June 2020 978-1779502599

Other editions

Many of these other editions are anthologies containing comics from titles other than Detective Comics. Titles here are presented as close to chronologically as possible.

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Batgirl: The Bronze Age Omnibus Volume 1 Detective Comics #359, 363, 369, 371, 384–386, 388–389, 392–393, 396–397, 400–401, 404–424, 481–499, 501–502, 505–506, 508–510, 512–519,
Batman #197 and Batman Family #1, 3–7 and 9–20.
December 2017 978-1401276409
Manhunter: The Special Edition Manhunter backup stories from #437–442 and the Batman/Manhunter crossover in #443,
Manhunter #1, and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #100
June 1999 978-1-56389-374-2
Batman: Strange Apparitions Detective Comics #469–476, #478–479 December 1999 978-1-56389-500-5
DC Universe: The Stories of Alan Moore Includes Night Olympics featuring Green Arrow and Black Canary from Detective Comics #549–550 January 2006 978-1-4012-0927-8
Batman: Year Two Detective Comics #575–578
(later printing includes Batman: Full Circle)
January 1990
December 2002
Batman: Year Two 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Detective Comics #575–578; Batman: Full Circle November 2017 978-1401274566
Batman: The Dark Knight Detective Volume 1 Detective Comics #568-574; 579-582 April 2018 978-1401271084
Batman: The Dark Knight Detective Volume 2 Detective Comics #583-591, Annual #1 October 2018 978-1401284688
Batman: The Dark Knight Detective Volume 3 Detective Comics #592-600 February 2020 978-1779501011
Batman: Blind Justice Detective Comics #598–600 May 2005 978-1-56389-047-5
Batman: Anarky Detective Comics #608–609, Batman Chronicles #1, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #40–41, and Anarky #1–4 February 1999 978-1-56389-437-4
Batman: Knightfall Volume 1 Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1, Batman #491–500, Detective Comics #659–666,
Showcase '93 #7–8 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #16–18
May 2012 978-1401233792
Batman: Knightfall Volume 2: Knightquest Detective Comics #667–675, Shadow of the Bat #19–20, 24–28, Batman #501–508, Catwoman #6–7 Robin #7 May 2012 978-1401235369
Batman: Knightfall Volume 3: KnightsEnd Batman #509–510, 512–514, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29–30, 32–34, Detective Comics #676–677, 679–681,
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62–63, Robin #8–9, 11–13, Catwoman #12–13
September 2012 978-1401237219
Batman: Prelude to Knightfall Batman: Vengeance of Bane #1, Batman #484-491, Detective Comics #654-658 September 2018 978-1401284220
Batman: Knightfall Vol. 1 Batman #492-497, Detective Comics #659-663 September 2018 978-1401284299
Batman: Knightfall Vol. 2 Batman #498-500, Detective Comics #664-666, Showcase '93 #7-8, Shadow of the Bat #16-18 September 2018 978-1401284398
Batman: Knightquest: The Crusade Vol. 1 Detective Comics #667-670, Robin #1-2, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #19-20, Batman #501-504, Catwoman #6-7 October 2018 978-1401284503
Batman: Knightquest: The Crusade Vol. 2 Detective Comics #671-675, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #24-28, Batman #505-508, Showcase '94 #7 October 2018 978-1401284589
Batman: KnightsEnd Batman #509-510, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #29-30, Detective Comics #676-677, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #62-63, Robin #8-9, Catwoman #12-13, Showcase '94 #10 December 2018 978-1401285180
Batman: Zero Hour Batman #0, #511; Batman: Shadow of the Bat #0, 31; Detective Comics #0, 678; Catwoman #0, 14;
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #0; Robin #0, 10.
June 2017 978-1401272586
Batman: Prodigal Batman #512-514, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #32-34, Detective Comics #679-681 and Robin #0 and #11-13 January 2019 978-1401285609
Batman: Troika Batman #515, Batman: Shadow of The Bat #35, Detective Comics #682, Robin #14, Nightwing: Alfred Returns and Batman: Vengeance of Bane II February 2019 978-1401285876
Robin Vol. 5: War of the Dragons Robin #14-22, Robin Annual #3 and Detective Comics #685-686 January 2018 978-1401275129
Batman: Contagion Collects Azrael #15–16, Batman #529, Batman Chronicles #4, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #48–49,
Catwoman #31–35, Detective Comics #695–696, Robin #27–30
March 2016 978-1401260682
Batman: Legacy Volume 1 Batman #533, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #53, Catwoman #33–35, Detective Comics #697–700 and Robin #31. April 2017 978-1401272029
Batman: Legacy Volume 2 Batman #534, Batman: Bane #1, Batman: Bane of the Demon #1–4, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #54,
Detective Comics #701–702, Robin #32–33
February 2018 978-1401277611
Batman: Cataclysm Batman #553–554, Detective Comics #719–721, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #73–74, Nightwing #19–20,
Catwoman #56–57, Robin #52–53, Azrael #40, Batman Chronicles #12, Batman: Blackgate #1,
Batman: Huntress/Spoiler: Blunt Trauma #1, and Batman: Arkham Asylum - Tales of Madness #1
June 2015 978-1401255152
Batman: Road to No Man's Land Volume 1 Detective Comics #722, 724–726, Batman #555–559, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #75–79, Robin #54, and Batman Chronicles #14 October 2015 978-1401258276
Batman: Road to No Man's Land Volume 2 Detective Comics #727–729, Batman #560–562, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #80–82,
Batman Chronicles #15, Azrael #47–50, and Batman: No Man's Land Secret Files & Origins #1
July 2016 978-1401260637
Batman: No Man's Land Volume 1 Batman: No Man's Land #1, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #83–86, Batman #563–566, Detective Comics #730–733,
Azrael: Agent of the Bat #51–55, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #117–118, Batman Chronicles #16
December 2011 978-1401232283
Batman: No Man's Land Volume 2 Batman #567–568, Detective Comics #734–735, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #119–121,
Batman: Shadow of the Bat #87–88, Batman Chronicles #17, Robin #67, Nightwing #35–37, Catwoman #72–74,
Azrael: Agent of the Bat #56–57, Young Justice: No Man's Land #1
April 2012 978-1401233808
Batman: No Man's Land Volume 3 Batman #569-71, Detective Comics #736–738, Azrael: Agent of the Bat #58, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #122–124,
Batman: Shadow of the Bat #89–92, Robin #68–72, and Batman: No Man's Land Secret Files and Origins #1
August 2012 978-1401234560
Batman: No Man's Land Volume 4 Batman Chronicles #18, Batman #572–574, Detective Comics #739–741, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #125–126,
Robin #73, Batman: Shadow of the Bat #93–94, Azrael: Agent of the Bat #59–61, Catwoman #75–77, Nightwing #38–39 and Batman: No Man's Land #0
December 2012 978-1401235642
Batman: Evolution Detective Comics #743–750 August 2001 978-1-56389-726-9
Batman: New Gotham Volume 1 Detective Comics #742–753 May 2017 978-1401263676
Batman: Officer Down Batman #587, Robin #86, Birds of Prey #27, Catwoman #90, Nightwing #53, Detective Comics #754, Batman: Gotham Knights #13 August 2001 978-1-56389-787-0
Batman: New Gotham Volume 2 Detective Comics #755–765 March 2018 978-1401277949
Batman: Bruce Wayne – Murderer? Batgirl #24, 27, Batman #599–602, Batman: Gotham Knights #25–28, Batman: The 10-Cent Adventure #1,
Birds Of Prey #39–41, 43, Detective Comics #766–767, Nightwing #65–66, 68–69 and Robin #98–99
March 2014 978-1401246839
Batman: Bruce Wayne – Fugitive Batman #603–607, Detective Comics #768–775, Batman: Gotham Knights #29–32 and Batgirl #29, 33 July 2014 978-1401246822
Batman: The Man Who Laughs Detective Comics #784–786 and Batman: The Man Who Laughs January 2008 (hardcover)
February 2009(softcover)
Batman: War Drums Detective Comics #790–796 and Robin (vol. 2) #126–128 October 2004 978-1-4012-0341-2
Batman: War Games Act One – Outbreak Batman: The 12-Cent Adventure, Detective Comics #797, Batman #631, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #182,
Nightwing #96, Batman: Gotham Knights #56, Robin #129, Batgirl #55, Catwoman #34
February 2006 978-1401204297
Batman: War Games Act Two – Tides Detective Comics #798, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #183, Nightwing #97,
Batman: Gotham Knights #57, Robin #130, Batgirl #56, Catwoman #35, Batman #632
June 2005 978-1401204303
Batman: War Games Act Three – Endgame Batgirl #57, Batman #633, Batman: Gotham Knights #58, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #184,
Catwoman #36, Detective Comics #799, Nightwing #98, Robin 131
October 2005 978-1401204310
Batman: City of Crime Detective Comics #800–808, 811–814 July 2006 978-1-4012-0897-4
Batman: War Crimes Batman #643–644, Detective Comics #809–810 February 2006 978-1-4012-0903-2
Batman Arkham: Victor Zsasz Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1-4, a story from Batman Chronicles #3, Batman: Batgirl (1998) #1, Detective Comics #815-816,
Batman: Streets of Gotham #10-11; a story from Detective Comics v2 #18
and the never-before-published story "Draining," originally intended for Gotham Knights #12.
February 2020 978-1401298975
Batman: Face the Face Detective Comics #817–820, Batman #651–654 September 2006 978-1-4012-0910-0
Batman: Detective Detective Comics #821–826 April 2007 978-1-4012-1239-1
Batman: Death and the City Detective Comics #827–834 November 2007 978-1-4012-1575-0
Batman: The Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul Batman #670–671, Robin #168–169, Detective Comics #838–839, Nightwing #138–139, Batman Annual #26 and Robin Annual #7 May 2009 978-1401220327
Batman: Private Casebook Detective Comics #840–845 and DC Infinite Halloween Special December 2008 (hardcover)
November 2009 (softcover)
Batman: Heart of Hush Detective Comics #846–850 April 2009 (hardcover)
March 2010 (softcover)
Batwoman: Elegy Detective Comics #854–860 July 2010 (Hardcover)
June 2011 (softcover)
Batwoman by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams III Detective Comics #854-863 June 2017 978-1401274139
Batman: Arkham Reborn Battle For the Cowl: Arkham Asylum #1, Arkham Reborn #1-3, Detective Comics 864-865 August 2010 978-1401227081
Batman: Impostors Detective Comics #867–870 August 2011 978-1-4012-3144-6
Batman: The Black Mirror Detective Comics #871–881 November 2011 978-1-4012-3206-1

The New 52

The New 52 saw every DC Comics series collected in its entirety in trade paperback form. Notably, collected volumes of Detective Comics vol. 2 were published in hardcover editions first, with paperback editions being delayed until the release of the next hardcover volume.

# Title Material Collected Publication date ISBN
1 Faces of Death Detective Comics vol. 2 #1–7 HC: June 2012
SC: April 2013
HC: 978-1401234669
SC: 978-1401234676
2 Scare Tactics Detective Comics vol. 2 #8–12, #0, Detective Comics Annual vol. 2 #1 HC: April 2013
SC: November 2013
HC: 978-1401238408
SC: 978-1401242657
3 Emperor Penguin Detective Comics vol. 2 #13–18 HC: November 2013
SC: July 2014
HC: 978-1401242664
SC: 978-1401246346
4 The Wrath Detective Comics vol. 2 #19–24, Detective Comics Annual vol. 2 #2 HC: July 2014
SC: November 2014
HC: 978-1401246334
SC: 978-1401249977
5 Gothtopia Detective Comics vol. 2 #25–29 HC: November 2014
SC: May 2015
HC: 978-1401249984
SC: 978-1401254667
6 Icarus Detective Comics vol. 2 #30–34, Detective Comics Annual vol. 2 #3 HC: May 2015
SC: January 2016
HC: 978-1401254421
SC: 978-1401258023
7 Anarky Detective Comics vol. 2 #35–40, Detective Comics: Endgame #1, Detective Comics: Futures End #1 HC: January 2016
SC: August 2016
HC: 978-1401257491
SC: 978-1401263546
8 Blood of Heroes Detective Comics vol. 2 #41–46 HC: August 2016
SC: December 2016
HC: 978-1401263553
SC: 978-1401269241
9 Gordon at War Detective Comics vol. 2 #47–52 HC: December 2016
SC: June 2017
HC: 978-1401269234
SC: 978-1401274115

Material from Detective Comics vol. 2 was also included in several collections of crossover events, each printed in both hardcover and softcover. In each case, the material consisted of tie-ins to the main event.

Title Material Collected Publication date ISBN
Batman: Night of the Owls All-Star Western vol. 3 #9; Batman vol. 2 #8–9; Batman Annual vol. 2 #1; Batman: The Dark Knight vol. 2 #9; Detective Comics vol. 2 #9; Batgirl vol. 4 #9; Batwing #9; Birds of Prey vol. 3 #9; Nightwing vol. 3 #8–9; Batman and Robin vol. 2 #9; Catwoman vol. 4 #9; Red Hood and the Outlaws #9 HC: February 2013
SC: November 2013
HC: 978-1401237738
SC: 978-1401242527
The Joker: Death of the Family Catwoman vol. 4 #13–14; Batgirl vol. 4 #13–16; Suicide Squad vol. 4 #14–15; Batman and Robin vol. 2 #15–16; Nightwing vol. 3 #15–16; Detective Comics vol. 2 #15–16; Red Hood and the Outlaws #15–16; Teen Titans vol. 4 #15–16 HC: October 2013
SC: April 2014
HC: 978-1401242343
SC: 978-1401246464
DC Comics: Zero Year Action Comics vol. 2 #25; Batgirl vol. 4 #25; Batman vol. 2 #24–25; Batwing #25; Batwoman #25; Birds of Prey vol. 3 #25; Catwoman vol. 4 #25; Detective Comics vol. 2 #25; Green Arrow vol. 6 #25; Green Lantern Corps vol. 3 #25; Nightwing vol. 3 #25; Red Hood and The Outlaws #25; The Flash vol. 4 #25 HC: November 2014
SC: April 2015
HC: 978-1401249373
SC: 978-1401253370
The Joker: Endgame Batman vol. 2 #35–40; Batman Annual vol. 2 #3; Gotham Academy: Endgame #1; Batgirl: Endgame #1; Detective Comics: Endgame #1; Arkham Manor: Endgame #1 HC: September 2015
SC: May 2016
HC: 978-1401258771
SC: 978-1401261658

DC Rebirth to present

Volumes 1-5 were published with DC Rebirth trade dress on the cover. This was dropped from volume 6 onwards, coinciding with the end of "DC Rebirth" branding on the series from issue #970 onwards.

Numbering on the collected editions was restarted from volume 1 with the start of Peter Tomasi's run as writer in issue #994. The first three volumes were published in hardcover editions first, before being reprinted in paperback.

# Title Material collected Pages Cover Date Published ISBN
Original printings
1 Rise of the Batmen Detective Comics #934–940 176 TPB February 1, 2017 978-1401267995
Batman: Night of the Monster Men Batman vol. 3 #7–8; Detective Comics #941–942; Nightwing vol. 4 #5–6 144 February 22, 2017 978-1401270674
2 The Victim Syndicate Detective Comics #943–949 168 May 10, 2017 978-1401268916
3 League of Shadows Detective Comics #950–956 184 October 4, 2017 978-1401276096
4 Deus Ex Machina Detective Comics #957–962 144 December 13, 2017 978-1401274979
5 A Lonely Place of Living Detective Comics #963–968 April 4, 2018 978-1401278229
6 Fall of the Batmen Detective Comics #969–974 and Annual #1 184 June 20, 2018 978-1401281458
7 Batmen Eternal Detective Comics #975–981 176 September 5, 2018 978-1401284213
8 On The Outside Detective Comics #982-987 144 December 5, 2018 978-1401285289
9 Deface The Face Detective Comics #988-993 168 April 3, 2019 978-1401290641
1 Mythology Detective Comics #994-999 144 HC September 10, 2019 978-1779501622
TPB February 20, 2020 978-1779501721
2 Arkham Knight Detective Comics #1001-1005 144 HC December 17, 2019 978-1779501646
TPB September 8, 2020 978-1779502513
3 Greetings From Gotham Detective Comics #1006-1011 144 HC April 8, 2020 978-1401288617
TPB September 29, 2020 978-1779505545
4 Cold Vengeance Detective Comics #1012-1019 192 TPB December 29, 2020 978-1779504555
5 The Joker War Detective Comics #1020-1027 and Annual #3; Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P 256 HC March 23, 2021 978-1779509222
6 The Road to Ruin Detective Comics #1028-1033 144 HC October 5, 2021 978-1779512703
1 The Neighborhood Detective Comics #1034-1039 203 HC February 8, 2022 978-1779514226
Deluxe hardcovers
Book 1 Detective Comics #934-949 388 OHC November 7, 2017 978-1401276089
Book 2 Detective Comics #950-962 320 May 15, 2018 978-1401278571
Book 3 Detective Comics #963-973 and Annual #1 320 October 30, 2018 978-1401284817
Book 4 Detective Comics #974-982 296 April 23, 2019 978-1401289102
Issue #1000 Detective Comics #1000 160 June 18, 2019 978-1401294199

Millennium Editions

In 2000 and 2001, DC reprinted several of its most notable issues in the Millennium Edition series. Seven issues of Detective Comics were reprinted in this format.[100]


  1. ^ "Detective Comics recognized by Guinness World Records as longest-running comic book periodical". DC Comics. July 25, 2009. Archived from the original on July 24, 2012. Retrieved April 22, 2012. DC Comics President and Publisher Paul Levitz accepted an award on behalf of DC from the Guinness World Records, recognizing Detective Comics as the longest-running comic book periodical in the United States of America.
  2. ^ Wallace, Daniel; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). "1930s". DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9. The launch of Detective Comics defined [Malcolm] Wheeler-Nicholson's young comics company and set it on an ascendant path within the industry...His smart business decision to partner with businessmen Harry Donenfeld and Jack Liebowitz on Detective Comics guaranteed that his company's third title would at least be solvent. {{cite book}}: |first2= has generic name (help)
  3. ^ Wallace "1930s" in Dolan, p. 21: "Alongside more typical fare...came the debut of the Crimson Avenger, the first masked crime fighter in comics."
  4. ^ Cronin, Brian (13 June 2016). "The 25 Most Important "Detective Comics" Issues Ever Published". CBR. Released over two years before Batman's debut, this issue (marred by its grotesquely racist cover) [...]
  5. ^ Funk, Matthew (2 March 2017). "Before Batman: looking back at Detective Comics #1 80 years later". SYFY WIRE. Hindsight is 20/20, [...] and being published in 1937, there's a fair bit of racism and xenophobia as is clearly shown by the cover.
  6. ^ Dong, Lan (2011). "Reimagining the Monkey King in Comics: Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese". The Oxford handbook of children's literature. Oxford University Press. pp. 241 & 248. ISBN 978-0-19-537978-5.
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  8. ^ Wallace "1930s" in Dolan, p. 24: "DC's second superstar debuted in the lead story of this issue, written by Bill Finger and drawn by Bob Kane, though the character was missing many of the elements that would make him a legend."
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  11. ^ Desris, Joe (1994). "Cops, Crooks, and Creeps". The Golden Age of Batman The Greatest Covers of Detective Comics From the '30s to the '50s. New York, New York: Artabras. p. 11. ISBN 0896600467. Gotham City's most famous detective ultimately usurped the coveted cover position with issue 35.
  12. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 31: "Writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane justified any hyperbole in this issue, for with the introduction of Robin, Batman's world changed forever."
  13. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 37: "One of Batman's most peculiar foes first appeared in this issue, and naturally he brought his trademark umbrella with him. The Penguin was a squat dandy with a beaked nose and a tuxedo."
  14. ^ Wallace "1940s" in Dolan, p. 41: "The nightmarish Two-Face debuted as Batman's antagonist in this story by writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane."
  15. ^ Wallace, Daniel "1940s" in Dolan, p. 59: "The Riddler debuted as a perplexing foe of Batman in a story by writer Bill Finger and artist Dick Sprang."
  16. ^ Irvine, Alex "1950s" in Dolan, p. 80: "In the story 'The Batwoman' by writer Edmond Hamilton and penciller Sheldon Moldoff (as Bob Kane), Bruce Wayne took notice of a young admirer who...was fighting crime while wearing a bat-costume."
  17. ^ Daniels, Les (2004). Batman: The Complete History. San Francisco, California: Chronicle Books. ISBN 0-8118-4232-0.
  18. ^ Irvine "1950s" in Dolan, p. 94: "The impish Bat-Mite made his first appearance in Detective Comics #267, care of writer Bill Finger and artist Sheldon Moldoff."
  19. ^ McAvennie, Michael "1960s" in Dolan, p. 103: "Scribe Bill Finger and artist Sheldon Moldoff reshaped the face of evil with the second – and perhaps most recognized – Clayface ever to challenge the Dark Knight."
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  21. ^ McAvennie "1960s" in Dolan, p. 110: "The Dark Knight received a much-needed facelift from new Batman editor Julius Schwartz, writer John Broome, and artist Carmine Infantino. With sales at an all-time low and threatening the cancelation of one of DC's flagship titles, their overhaul was a lifesaving success for DC and its beloved Batman."
  22. ^ McAvennie "1960s" in Dolan, p. 122 "Nine months before making her debut on Batman, a new Batgirl appeared in the pages of Detective Comics...Yet the idea for the debut of Barbara Gordon, according to editor Julius Schwartz, was attributed to the television series executives' desire to have a character that would appeal to a female audience and for this character to originate in the comics. Hence, writer Gardner Fox and artist Carmine Infantino collaborated on 'The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!'"
  23. ^ Forbeck, Matt; Dougall, Alastair (2014). "1960s". Batman: A Visual History. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 101. ISBN 978-1465424563. The main story, written by Mike Friedrich and drawn by Bob Brown, celebrated Batman's 30th anniversary by updating the first Batman story [from Detective Comics #27].
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Further reading

  • Jones, Gerard (2004). Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book. New York, New York: Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-03657-0.

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