The first official release from DC’s Black Label imprint, Batman: Damned, hit stores yesterday, and it’s safe to say the issue included something readers had never seen before in a DC comic: Batman’s penis. After much buzz online about Bruce Wayne’s full frontal nudity in the issue, DC has decided to alter future printings of Batman: Damned #1 to cover up the Dark Knight’s Bat-manhood.
The digital version of the issue by Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo was released with the character’s penis already censored, covered in shadow as a naked Bruce Wayne strides through the Batcave. Clearly the publisher knew someone would have a problem with seeing one of their flagship characters in all his glory, no matter how ‘adult’ the comic in question may be. Perhaps they didn’t realize just how much of a kerfuffle seeing Batman’s penis in the print edition would cause; or perhaps they knew exactly how much buzz it would create around the first book in their new imprint.
Either way, if for some reason you want to see Batman’s penis as drawn by Lee Bermejo, get to your local comic shop soon before the first printing of Batman: Damned #1 sells out.
Joe Grunenwald is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest. He’s taller than a lot of people but not as tall as some people.