Huh. Well, fair enough, although a lot of those don't count (1940s era,
You mean the era in which the character was made?
Why on earth wouldn't that count?
This is the thing I understand with fans of American comic book superheroes. They have a very clear idea of what is the definitive version of a given character, and it's never the original iteration - more often it's whatever the hell was being published when they were twelve.
Oh, that's absolutely true. We're a terrible lot in that regard. Although for my part, the definitive version of Batman was published when I was three. I just didn't read
it till I was twelve.
In fairness, though, I don't believe the general public would much recognize that Bat-Man, either. The use of guns, the murder, the hyphen. The thing is, I think it's safe to say, although I'm not scholar of Golden Age comics, that that particular version of Batman hasn't really been utilized in almost seventy years, and at best has only influenced the modern takes Batman.