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Tuesday September 13th, 2016

Posted at 10:00am

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From Adam West’s campy adventures to Ben Afleck’s recent portrayal, Batman’s origins are rooted in one place.

Celebrating his 77th comic book anniversary, Batman Day will hit shops across North America on Saturday, September 17th. Originally conceived as an event to celebrate The Dark Knight’s 75th anniversary in 2014, the big day is still going strong.

“Continuing the BATMAN DAY tradition, DC Entertainment has combined forces with thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, schools and libraries across the country to bring fans exciting festivities in honor of Gotham’s protector,” said a statement on DC Comics’ website. “There will be Batman-centric promotions, free comic book giveaways, talent signings and more all to honor the character that has become a Superhero to many generations and continues to inspire fans across the globe.”

Locally, Paper Heroes: Comic Book Lounge & Collectables (2857 Howard Avenue) is ready for the event. With several deals and a bonus raffle prize, it’s a great place for people to show the vigilante some love.

Of course, saving a few bucks doesn’t hurt either.

“People can come and celebrate all things Batman this Saturday at Paper Heroes,” said store owner, Scott St. Amour. “While supplies last, customers can receive a free special edition of Batman Rebirth #1 and save on all things Batman related in the store.”

Savings include 30% off all Batman related graphic novels, comics, toys, statues, clothing, artwork and collectibles. While special orders and items on layaway aren’t covered in this deal, anyone making a purchase on Batman Day will also be entered into a draw for a $50 Paper Heroes gift certificate.

St. Amour also encourages customers to come dressed up in cosplay or to wear their favourite Batman-related clothing to mark the occasion.

Arguably the most well-known superhero in comics, Batman’s long-term popularity is practically unmatched. While some may not understand why, St. Amour thinks it’s pretty simple.

“I think he has stayed popular because the core essence of the character has never really changed,” said the long-time comic book fan. “People can see themselves in him, someone with no super powers, just a non wavering commitment to his cause and beliefs.”

This year’s Batman Day also has a special meaning for the area. Taking over from Greg Capullo on pencils in June, local-artist and longtime DC contributor David Finch joined the self-titled Batman series. This is his first trip back to Gotham since his previous run on Batman: The Dark Knight.

Paper Heroes will be open from 10am to 5pm on Batman Day. For more information, those interested can follow their facebook page.

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