Holy Caped Crusader! Batman is 75 and the Coeur d’Alene Public Library will celebrate the character in all his various incarnation with “Batman Day” Friday, July 25.
Throughout the day the Seagraves Children’s Library on the lower level, 702 E. Front Ave., will have games and activities for kids. Adults can also pick up a trivia sheet. Children and adults will be able to sign up for drawings for Batman prizes and enjoy Batty treats. Costumes are encouraged for all.
The day will culminate in a “Batman” movie to be shown in the Community Room beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing after the library closes at 6. Votes are being accepted through Friday, July 18, in the teen area of the library to determine which film will be shown. Snacks will be provided.
Batman was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. Batman became a very popular character soon after his introduction and gained his own comic book title, Batman, in 1940.
As the decades wore on, differing interpretations of the character emerged. The late 1960s Batman television series used a camp aesthetic which continued to be associated with the character for years after the show ended.
Various creators worked to return the character to his dark roots, with varying results. The comic books of this dark stage culminated in the acclaimed 1986 miniseries “The Dark Knight Returns” by Frank Miller, as well as “Batman: The Killing Joke” by Alan Moore and “Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth” by Grant Morrison, among others. The overall success of Warner Bros.' live-action Batman feature films have also helped maintain public interest in the character.
Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315.