JANUARY: The villain “Bane” debuts in VENGENCE OF BANE #1.
FEBRUARY: John Paul Valley (“Azrael”) temporarily takes Bruce Wayne’s place as Batman in BATMAN #489.
APRIL: Bane attacks Arkham Asylum and frees Gotham’s most dangerous villains in BATMAN #491.
MAY: The classic Batman storyline “Knightfall” begins in BATMAN #492.
JULY: Bane breaks The Batman in BATMAN #497.
Part of this story would be used in director Christopher Nolan's Batman film, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012).
AUGUST: Catwoman gets her first ongoing series with CATWOMAN #1.
SEPTEMBER: In the ELSEWORLDS tale SUPERMAN: SPEEDING BULLETS, the story of Kal-El being found by Thomas & Martha Kent in Gotham City and not by the Kent’s in Kansas is explored.
OCTOBER: “Knightfall” ends and Jean-Paul Valley introduces his new, armored Batsuit in BATMAN #500.
OCTOBER: “Knightquest” begins in DETECTIVE COMICS #667.
NOVEMBER: The Tim Drake Robin gets his first ongoing series in ROBIN #1.
DECEMBER: The animated film BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM hits theaters.
JETT REMEMBERS For the first time in the history of this series here on BOF, I can honestly say that I have all the comics on this list! 1993 was probably the height of my comic book collecting as an adult. I also went to see MASK OF THE PHANTASM in the theater in 1993 and it remains one of my favorite Batman films – animated or live-action – to this day.