DC Entertainment declared earlier in 2014 that this July 23 would be"Batman Day, a celebration of the pop culture icon's 75th anniversary.
On that date, participating retailers are able to mark the occasion by providing to customers a new, free version of the original "Detective Comics" #27 -- the character's first appearance, initially published in 1939.
This version will be designed by noted Bat-fan Chip Kidd, and scripted by DC veteran and best-selling novelist Brad Meltzer. DC Comics revealed the issue's cover on Thursday, by "Batman" series artist Greg Capullo. It's a reconfigured version of Capullo's cover to 2012's "Batman" #0.
Also unveiled as part of the Batman Day festivities is a new timeline poster highlighting various major events in Bat-history.The Batman 75th anniversary poster is a timeline of Batman’s history, from 1939 to the present day.
The poster will not see a commercial release, but will be made available for retailers to display during the event. It includes all of the major milestones in Batman’s history, from his first appearance, to the debut of the original Batman TV series, the first publication of The Dark Knight Returns, the debut of Batman: The Animated Series, and all of Batman’s appearances in film.
Other special items that will be available on “Batman Day” include a special anniversary cape and a set of masks designed by Ryan Sook. “Batman Day” is timed to coincide with the beginning of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and is also the release date for two new Batman family titles, Grayson #1 and Robin Rises: Omega #1. “Batman Day” will be celebrated in public libraries Saturday, July 26.