There have been several versions of Batgirl over the years, but the most the definitive one has been Barbara Gordon, who made her DC Comics debut on November 29, 1966 in Batman #359. While it’s been 50 years since Gordon’s debut as Batgirl, there was another Bat-girl (Betty Kane) who debuted 5 years earlier in Batman #159. Betty Kane is the niece of Kathy Kane, the original Batwoman who, coincidentally, debuted 60 years ago in 1956.
As we celebrate the 50, 55, and 60-year anniversaries of the Bat-women, we’ve put together this infographic featuring Barbara Gordon and all her different appearances over the years, from her comic debut to her TV and film roles to her current run in the DC Superhero Girls web series and various other comics. We’ve also included her run as Oracle, which originated from her controversial role in Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke. Eventually, she returned to the superhero role as part of DC's reboot in 2011. Check out Barbara Gordon and other versions of Batgirl in our infographic below!
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Unlike heroes like Batman and Wonder Woman, Batgirl has seen quite a few color changes in her costume over time. Which one is your favorite? Where does Barbara Gordon rank on your list of DC Comics characters? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think. If you’re looking for some colorful dress options for yourself or your friends, be sure to check out our new collection of DC Comics Christmas sweaters. They'll help you stay warm and super this holiday season.
Design Credit: Kate Willaert