Commissioner Gordon, a Cornerstone of Batman's Life - Geek.com

James “Jim” Gordon, the Commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department, has been a friend and ally to the Bat-Family since the beginning. The first appearance of Batman, Detective Comics #27, was also the debut of the mustachioed cop. Always shown as working with Batman, be it against his better judgment or not, Gordon has been quintessential, and arguably underappreciated, as a part of the Batman-mythos. Here, we take a look at the character and how he has fit into the last 78 years of Batman comics.

Commissioner Gordon, a Cornerstone of Batman's Life - Geek.com

First appearing in the very first Batman issue, Gordon has always been a member of the Gotham City Police Department. His relationship with both Bruce Wayne and Batman are extremely complicated, a mix of admiration and uneasiness. Their first appearance featured the two realizing that they would not be able to face the dangers of Gotham City alone, forcing them to work together. He would act as commissioner of the GCPD for most of his history, despite the pain that it brought him and his family. In 1987’s The Killing Joke, his daughter, Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl) was targeted by The Joker and paralyzed in a horrific assault, before the Joker tortured Gordon. Later in the late 1990’s, during the No Man’s Land earthquake that turned Gotham into even more of a wasteland, Gordon’s second wife was murdered by the Joker.

Commissioner Gordon, a Cornerstone of Batman's Life - Geek.com

More recently, in the modern classic Black Mirror storyline, by writer Scott Snyder, artists Jock and Francesco Francavilla, Gordon was revealed to have had a son, a James Gordon Jr. At a young age, James Jr. was deeply disturbed and mentally ill, torturing animals and being linked to the disappearance of a few other children. Returning to Gotham years later, having traveled the world and claiming to be taking medication to turn his life around, James Jr. only caused more pain for the Gordon family. Revealed to have been plotting to poison the city with a drug that increases psychopathic tendencies, James Gordon Sr. was forced to apprehend his son.

Commissioner Gordon, a Cornerstone of Batman's Life - Geek.com

Recently, during DC Comics’ New 52, at the tail end of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s critically acclaimed run on Batman, Gordon took over the role of Batman while Bruce Wayne was missing. Donning a 9-foot tall mech suit, designed by the Powers Corporation (from Batman Beyond), and sponsored by the GCPD, Gordon operated as a very different kind of Batman. The book took a turn into the more eccentric side of the DC Universe, and Gordon’s adventures felt like a totally different book, in a good way. It was a nice breath of fresh air for the series before Bruce’s inevitable return to the cape and cowl.

Commissioner Gordon, a Cornerstone of Batman's Life - Geek.com

No matter his role, be it as a member of the GCPD, as Batman, as a friend, a father, a mentor, or as a member of the Bat-Family, Gordon’s place in the DC Universe is an important one. A consistent player in Gotham, Gordon has been around a long time and is not going anywhere anytime soon.

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