Batman made his first appearance as a comic book superhero in DC Comics Detective Comics No. 27, May 1939. Bob Kane has been credited with the original creation of Batman. Kane was a twenty-two year old comic book artist creating fill-in cartoons about dogs and cats for DC Comics when he was selected to create a hero as powerful and appealing as Superman, DC Comics year old phenomenal success. Kane's inspiration for Batman reportedly came from three sources : a Leonardo da Vinci sketch of a man trying to fly with attached bat-like wings, a 1930's silent mystery movie titled, The Bat Whisperer about a bat faced villain, and the masked heroes from The Shadow and Zorro
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