Has comic-book Batman ever used his cape for gliding or did he only use the Batglider for such a feat?


I know that the fairly recent incarnations of Batman allows for his cape to possess rigid enough properties for gliding:

  • Batman Beyond (Animated series)
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy (Movie series)
  • Arkham Asylum/City/Origins/Knight (Gaming series)

I'm guessing the gliding-with-my-cape thing is quite new as I don't remember seeing it happen in some of the older comics I've read, but maybe it did happen and I just missed it?

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    I’m pretty sure he also did it in the Burton Batmovies. Possibly Batman Returns. – Paul D. Waite Apr 25 '15 at 13:47
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    @PaulD.Waite - Then I will have to watch those movies again :) – user35594 Apr 26 '15 at 9:23
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    He definitely uses his cape to reduce the speed of his descent in Batman [1989], and I think he does it again in Batman Returns [1992]. But that's more like a parachute than a glider. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Sep 13 '15 at 2:27

In a word, yes.

Batman - The Brave and the Bold #64 (1966)

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  • Cool, thanks for this! – user35594 Apr 26 '15 at 9:24

Bob Kane and his co-creator Bill Finger posited the idea of a Bat-type glider/cape as far back as 1939.

  • These early images of Batman drawn in 1939 show the gliding "creature of the night" theme is as old as the character itself.

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  • I can't make out the writing very clearly. Do you have a cleaner version of this pic? – Valorum Apr 25 '15 at 8:38
  • @Richard Here. – Mr Lister Apr 25 '15 at 13:39
  • @MrLister - Brilliant, cheers. – Valorum Apr 25 '15 at 13:40
  • Brilliant stuff, very interesting! – user35594 Apr 26 '15 at 9:25
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    Correction, our current view of batman was created by Bill Finger... not Bob Kane, who was given a deal by DC to sell out his co-creator for sole rights. – user52950 Sep 12 '15 at 20:27

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