DC's plans for March 2019's Detective Comics #1 80-year anniversary have been unveiled - and like their recent Action Comics #1 anniversary, it will include two books: Detective Comics #1000 and Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman - The Deluxe Edition.
“The enduring popularity of Batman over the past 80 years speaks to the character’s multi-generational appeal,” said DC Publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio. “We’re proud to celebrate Batman’s cultural impact with these special releases and look forward to a year of commemorating this milestone anniversary with fans across the globe.”
Incoming Detective Comics creators Peter J. Tomasi and Doug Mahnke are scheduled to write and draw #1000's lead story, with additional stories by Geoff Johns, Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini, Christopher Priest, Denny O’Neil, Neal Adams, Kelley Jones, Dustin Nguyen, Alex Maleev and more. The issue is scheduled to run 96 pages.
The companion Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman hardcover overseen by former DC publisher (and writer) Paul Levitz will include several rare and unpublished comic shorts from Batman's history, including a Levitz/Denys Cowan story and the original layouts from Detective Comics #200 by Lew Sayre Schwartz and Bob Kane. The tome is anticipated to include essays about Detective Comics and Batman by Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Glen David Gold, Denny O’Neil, former San Diego police chief Shelley Zimmerman and pulp historian Anthony Tollin.