Batman: Year One by Frank Miller and Dave Mazzuchelli hit the stands in November 1986, but it had a cover date of February 1987 so we’re celebrating it today.
Arguably one of the top 10 most important, and best, graphic novels of all time, Batman: Year One originally ran in serial form in Batman’s own title, starting with issue #404. In near mint, the book can sell for $30-50–largely because I got a letter printed on the letter page.
The story included most of what was considered both canon and iconic for the next 25 years, from the S&M Catwoman who also appeared in Tim Burton’s Batman to the broken string of Martha Wayne’s pearls as she died in the alley.
If you haven’t read it, it’s brilliant and you should. And if you have, read it again. It’s awesome.