Who Came First, Batman or Superman?


Superman came before Batman. Superman was created by Joel Shuster and Jerry Siegel in 1933 and made his first official comic book appearance in Action Comics #1, cover-dated July 1938. Created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger, Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27, cover-dated May 1939.

Superman and Batman are both part of the DC Comics universe. As perhaps the two most iconic superheroes of all time, the characters have enjoyed success in a number of mediums, including live-action television, films and animated series aimed at younger audiences. A copy of Action Comics #1 featuring Superman's first appearance sold for 1 million dollars in 2010.