Artist Jock painted Batman with an American Flag

80 Years of Batman

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, until Monday, September 30, 2019

Batman is a legend and among the most popular comic book characters in the world. In May 1939, 22-year-old Bob Kane published the first adventure of the dark knight in the comic book series Detective Comics Nr 27. This marked the beginning of a great success. Many fans have been drawn to the dark adventures in print and, since 1943, even on screen. The Batman comics unite the greatest heroes of popular culture, such as Zorro, Sherlock Holmes, Bruce Lee or James Bond though Batman always remains the most realistic super hero. Among his villains are many famous characters such the Joker, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy. 

The exhibition at the Amerikahaus shows an overview of comic artists’ work over the last 80 years and allows the visitor to dive into the world of Gotham City. The show includes original drawings from Bob Kane, Neal Adams, Jim Aparo, Frank Miller, Jim Lee, Greg Capullo, Eduardo Risso, Alex Ross, Tim Sale, and many more

Picture: Batman Comic © Jock © & TM DC Comics. All Rights Reserved.

Michael Kompa, curator of the exhibition "80 Years of Batman" in front of one of the pieces in the exhibition.

Michael Kompa has been collecting, illustrating, and writing comics for over 40 years. He has developed a special interest in Batman and Donald Duck. He curated over 50 comic exhibitions in Munich, was in charge of the Comicfestival München together with Heiner Lünstedt in 2011 and 2013, and is still consulting the festival to this day. He was able to bring numerous comic artists to the bavarian capital, including Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton, Miguelanxo Prado, Juanjo Guarnido, Jock, Dave Mc Kean and many more. His extraordinary commitment in the comic scene results in many personal relationships to comic illustrators and collectors, providing him with access to an unique fund of original drawings.

Admission is free.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 until Monday, September 30, 2019

Monday to Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wednesday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p. m.


For your information: Please note our extendend hours of operation during the Comicfestival München (June 20- 23, 2019)

Thursday, June 20, 2019: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, June 21, 2019: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 22, 2019: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday, June 23, 2019: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Kindly supported by Amerikahaus Vereins, DC Comics and Panini Comics.

Amerikahaus - Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations

Karolinenplatz 3, 80333, Munich

Dominik Raabe

Head of Programs – Culture and Politics


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Nina Müller (Parental Leave)

Program Manager – Culture and Politics


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