Batman’s Origin by Bob Kane, Bill Finger and Gardner Fox, Batman #1, Spring 1940.

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Batman's origin story, original comic book imageThe Legend of the Batman—Who He Is and How He Came to Be!

One night some fifteen years ago, Thomas Wayne, his wife and son were walking home from a movie…

W... What is this?

A stickup, Buddy! I’ll take that necklace your’re wearin’, Lady!

Leave her alone, you! Oh…..

You asked for it!

Thomas! You’ve killed him. Help! Police... Help!

This’ll shut you up!

The boy’s eyes are wide with terror and shock as the horrible scene is spread before him.

Father… Mother!

… Dead! They’re d... dead

Days later a curious and strange scene takes place.

And I swear by the spirits of my parents to avenge their deaths by spending the rest of my life warring on all criminals.

As the years pass, Bruce Wayne prepares himself for his career. He becomes a master scientist.

Trains his body to physical perfection until he is able to perform amazing athletic feats.

Dad’s estate left me wealthy. I am ready but first I must have a disguise.

Criminals are a superstitious cowardly lot, so my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible, a… a…

As if in answer, a huge bat flies in the open window!

A bat! That’s it! It’s an omen… I shall become a bat!

And thus is born this weird figure of the dark… This avenger of evil: The Batman.