Tulsa, Okla. - It was 1939 when Bob Kane and Bill Finger dreamed up a certain costumed crimefighter with a cape and pointed ears, creating what would become one of the best known and most enduring pop-culture icons of all time.
The two say they borrowed ideas from Zorro, The Shadow, and Doc Savage when they created The Batman, but billions of dollars worth of comics and movie tickets later, the Caped Crusader has arguably surpassed them all.
People all over the world know at least a little about the Dark Knight and his alter-ego, billionaire Bruce Wayne.
Hard to believe, but DC nearly canceled the Batman comics in the 1960's because of low sales, but the character experienced a resurgence in the 1970's, after getting back to his mysterious, shadowy roots, and he's never looked back.
Batman is the number-one selling comic right now, and the movies since 1989 have grossed more that $3.7 billion.