Bruce Wayne


Disambiguation: Batman

First published in: 1939

One fateful night in an alley in Gotham City, Thomas and Martha Wayne were murdered by a mugger in front of their young son, Bruce. On the graves of his parents, Bruce swore to avenge their deaths. After many years of training, Bruce was contemplating how best to strike fear into the hearts of criminals. Suddenly, a bat flew through his window. He took it as an omen. Bruce Wayne donned a costume and soon became known as the Batman.

Over the course of his career, Batman took a number of teenagers as his sidekick Robin (Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and Damian Wayne). He has been romantically linked to Julie Madison, Linda Page, Vicki Vale, Kathy Kane (Batwoman), Talia al Ghul, Silver St. Cloud, Selina Kyle (Catwoman), and Natalia Knight (Nocturna), among others.

Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger.

Bruce Wayne first appeared as Batman in Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #27 (May 1939). His origin was not revealed until Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #33 (November 1939). He took an orphan named Dick Grayson as his sidekick, Robin, in Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #38 (April 1940). Bruce hired a butler named Alfred in Batman (DC, 1940 series) #16 (April-May 1943). Batman's origin was expanded upon in Batman (DC, 1940 series) #47 (June-July 1948), wherein it was revealed that Joe Chill murdered the Waynes. Dick learned in Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #226 (December 1955) that a teenaged Bruce had studied with detective Harvey Harris wearing the Robin costume. A teenaged Bruce used the alias The Flying Fox in Adventure Comics (DC, 1938 series) #275 (August 1960). A yellow oval was first added to Batman's chest emblem in World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #141 (May 1964). Dick Grayson quit as Batman's partner in Batman (DC, 1940 series) #217 (December 1969). The Batman of Earth-Two was introduced in Justice League of America (DC, 1960 series) #82 (August 1970). A teenaged Bruce used the alias The Executioner in Superboy (DC, 1949 series) #182 (February 1972). Batman first used the disguise of Matches Malone in Batman (DC, 1940 series) #242 (June 1972). Jason Todd became the new Robin in Batman (DC, 1940 series) #366 (December 1983). Batman's history was revised in Batman (DC, 1940 series) #404 (February 1987) - #407 (May 1987) by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. In the post-Crisis continuity, Jason Todd became Robin in Batman (DC, 1940 series) #410 (August 1987). Batman unknowingly conceived a son with Talia al Ghul in Batman: Son of the Demon (DC, 1987 series) ([December] 1987). Jason was murdered by the Joker in Batman (DC, 1940 series) #427 ([Winter] 1988), but he was later resurrected. Tim Drake became the next Robin in Batman (DC, 1940 series) #457 (December 1990). Stephanie Brown became Robin in Robin (DC, 1993 series) #126 (July 2004). Damian Wayne finally met his father, Batman, in Batman (DC, 1940 series) #656 (October 2006). Damian first wore a Robin costume in Batman (DC, 1940 series) #657 (November 2006).

See also character records for Batman [Bruce Wayne], Batman of Earth-Two, Robin [Dick Grayson], Robin [Jason Todd], Robin [Tim Drake], Robin [Stephanie Brown], Robin [Damian Wayne], Alfred Beagle, and Alfred Pennyworth.


Golden Age; Mainstream Universe; New 52; New Earth; Post-Crisis Earth-0; Pre-Crisis Earth-One; Prime Earth; Silver Age


  1. secret identity of - Batman [Bruce Wayne] (p. 1939) (English)
  2. secret identity of - Starman [Bruce Wayne / Batman] (p. 1957) (English)
  3. generalization of - Bruce Wayne [Green Lantern, Earth-32 [Elseworlds]] (p. 1994) (English)
  4. republished as - Bruno Díaz [Batman] (Spanish)
  5. republished as - Bruce Wayne [Batman] (German)