DC Comics Batman Tales Of The Dark Knight Large Paperback Book. Shop Stock Room Find. Released by Futura Productions in 1989 this fantastic Tales Of The Dark Knight book was originally published to celebrate Batman's first fifty years and came at a time when the 1989 Batman movie was to breathe new life into the character. It chronicles the development of the character from his dark beginnings (where Batman sometimes killed in cold blood and used a gun) to the complex, brooding figure of the 1980s. The character softened in the early 1940s with the introduction of Robin and made the "Dynamic Duo" team a popular one with comic book fans. In the late 50s and early 60s the Batman comics took a science fiction angle (that seemed more in line with Supeman) where the costumed crimefighters fought aliens and mad scientists with ray guns that could change them into bronze statues or fish. There was also the extended Batman family (Batwoman, Batgirl, Bat mite and Ace the Bat hound) The comic adopted the tongue-in-cheek tone of the popular TV series in the mid-60s before returning to a solo Batman in the 1970s.