Ever since he debuted in the pages of Detective Comics #27 in 1939, the Caped Crusader has shown off a multitude of classic vehicles to cruise around Gotham City in. Over the years, he has used Batplanes, Batboats, Batcopters, Bat-skis, Bat-gliders, and even a Bat-Horse to his advantage in his war against crime, but no mode of transport can top the legendary Batmobile.

Armed with a mini arsenal of weapons, state-of-the-art computer systems, a battering ram mounted on the hood, and a jet engine, this car is a pure behemoth. In various movies, TV shows, and video games, the Dark Knight’s slick ride has blasted into the public consciousness, but some of the best Batmobile designs have sprung right from the pages of the comics themselves.

Artists like Jim Lee, Bill Finger, Neal Adams, Norm Breyfogle, and a small army of others have combined real world automotive style with the grim, gothic aesthetics that are Batman’s trademark. And in this week’s release of Batman #9, artist Greg Capullo debuted a brand new design for the Batmobile that ranks among the best. So, to further explore the history of Batman’s most famous accessory, we’re taking a look at The Evolution of the Batmobile in Comics.

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