Sen. Leahy writes fore­word for Bat­man book

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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.

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