Sen. Leahy writes foreword for Batman book
Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy has spent much of his adult life crusading for the issues that are important to him, and now he’s helping to commemorate the 80th birthday of his childhood hero, Batman, the caped crusader, whom Leahy credits with helping him win a ban on the export of land mines.
For more than two decades, the Vermont Democrat has sprinkled his fascination with the superhero who has no superpowers into his work in the United States Senate, including working with DC Comics to produce a 1996 Batman issue that highlighted the dangers of land mines, which Leahy credits with helping the Senate pass one of a series of anti-land mine measures he has worked on over the years.
Saturday was the 80th anniversary of when Batman first appeared in the Detective Comics edition released March 30, 1939. Earlier this year DC Comics published an 80th anniversary coffee-table book and on Wednesday DC released the 1,000th issue Batman comic book issue.