1943 was a big year for Batman. Not only did the hero branch out into an ongoing newspaper strip, but he got his first ever film adaptation in the form of “The Batman,” a 15 chapter Columbia serial starring Lewis Wilson and Douglas Croft. In 1944, we see for the first time the influence that its film adaptation had on the funny papers.

Poll #1 of our feature showcased all World’s Finest covers from 1944. Now, we’re going to see what the best Detective Comics cover is, then in 3 weeks we’ll vote on Batman, and finally the best cover from each of those three series will compete against each other in a glorious poll that will decide the Batman News community’s favorite Batman cover of the year.

Keep in mind that you’re not voting for what cover is the most important to Batman history! This isn’t a poll to see which comic was the biggest milestone. So even though I add some fun facts with a few of these issues, don’t let it affect your decision on which cover you believe looks the coolest. Don’t judge a book by it’s cover? Screw that! We’re judging these contenders by their covers alone so don’t make me take away the fun facts! Our poll will end in 3 weeks so be sure to spread the word via Twitter, Facebook, etc. so we get plenty of votes and a good discussion going in the comments section!

Detective Comics #83

Cover by Jack Burnley

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Spoiler
The first appearance of the Batcave and the grandfather clock that hides its secret entrance. Prior to this issue, there was only a tunnel that ran underground between Wayne Manor and an old barn. In Batman #12, Bill Finger mentioned underground hangars being utilized by The Dark Knight, but it wasn’t until the live-action Batman movie serial in 1943 that those hangars got a name.

Detective Comics #84

Cover by Dick Sprang

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Detective Comics #85

Cover by Dick Sprang

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Detective Comics #86

Cover by Dick Sprang

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Detective Comics #87

Cover by Dick Sprang

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Detective Comics #88

Cover by Dick Sprang

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Detective Comics #89

Cover by Dick Sprang

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Detective Comics #90

Cover by Dick Sprang

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Detective Comics #91

Cover by Dick Sprang

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Detective Comics #92

Cover by Dick Sprang

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Detective Comics #93

Cover by Dick Sprang

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Detective Comics #94

Cover by George Roussos

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