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The world’s toughest librarian


“Detective 359” might not mean much to most people but to comic fans those words signify the true introduction Batgirl in 1967. Batgirl had appeared in print earlier in the 1960s. However, Detective Comics #359 is the famous issue that marks her appearance as a key superhero depicted as the daughter of Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon.

Detective 359 where Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl makes her debut

Detective 359 where Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl makes her debut

Barbara Gordon is head of Gotham City’s public library, professional and educated with a doctorate in library science.

The story in Detective 359 sees Barbara Gordon going to a costume party dressed as a female version of Batman. She intervenes in a kidnap attempt on Bruce Wayne and a career in crime fighting ensues. Few librarians can kick ass like Barbara Gordon’s Batgirl. Earlier incarnations of Batgirl were present to provide romance, the Barbara Gordon version of Batgirl is all about fighting crime – a landmark moment in equality in the comic book industry.

Drawn by legendary artist Carmine Infantino, Batgirl dominates the cover of Detective 359. This is a collectible comic – this copy has just been listed for sale on AbeBooks for $1,100.

Batgirl’s superhero career lasted until 1988 when she was retired by DC.  However, later that year, she appeared in Alan Moore’s graphic novel Batman: The Killing Joke where she is shot by the Joker and left paraplegic. Of course, superheroes don’t die but live on in various new guises and that’s the case with Batgirl.

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