MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont US Senator Patrick Leahy is helping commemorate the 80th birthday of his childhood hero, Batman, the caped crusader, who helped Leahy win a ban on the export of land mines.
For more than two decades, the Vermont Democrat has sprinkled his fascination with Batman into Senate duties, including working with DC Comics to produce a Batman issue that Leahy credits with helping Congress pass one of a series of anti-landmine measures he worked on over the years.
Saturday is the 80th anniversary of when Batman first appeared in Detective Comics. Earlier this month DC Comics published an 80th Anniversary book about Batman and on Wednesday DC released the 1,000th Batman issue.
Leahy, who has had small roles in five Batman movies, wrote the foreword to the anniversary edition.