Toledo Library Celebrates 70 years of Batman

The Toledo Free Press is reporting a local library is putting on a special exhibit in honor of the 70th birthday of Batman.  The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is preparing for the ultimate birthday bash: “Batman at 70,” a program and exhibit to take place Nov. 9 at the McMaster Center in the Main Library, Downtown.

“What they’re going to get is a really good big picture of the character,” said Jim Beard, a local comic book historian, who will host a special Batman retrospective as part of the exhibit.

This isn’t the first time the library has put on a celebration concerning comics.  Last year a 70th anniversary event was held for Superman.  It’s success was the reason for a repeat celebration for Batman.

“We’ve got items from the very beginning until currently. We have vintage comic books that literally run the gamut from the very beginning — we have a ‘Batman No. 1’ that will be on display, all the way up to ‘Batman and Robin No. 1,’ which came out this year,” Beard said. “I really hope people are going to get a good scope of the character and, if they’re not aware that the character has that much history, I hope they’re going to get it.”

The discussion will also include an interactive video chat with current “Batman” writer and best-selling author Greg Rucka. The exhibit will feature an examination of many of the Dark Knight’s gadgets, rare collectibles and a life-size recreation of the Batcave on display.

“Batman at 70” will take place at the Main Library, 325 Michigan St., from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 9. For more information, call (419) 259-5207 or visit