In 1966, the Batman TV series starring Adam West prompted a Batman craze in Japan. In response to this, the shounen magazine Shounen King and its publisher Shonen Gahosha licensed the rights to make their own Batman stories, with the full consent of the original Batman publisher, DC Comics.
Batman was republished by Shogakukan as a BOX set on October 28, 2013 under "Batman: The BatManga Jiro Kuwata Edition" title.
The series was published in English as Bat-Manga! by Pantheon in trade paperback on October 28, 2008. This edition contained an exclusive interview with the creator of the original manga, Jiro Kuwata and pictures of vintage Batman toys.
In July 2014, DC Comics started to release the entire manga in English through ComiXology as a Digital First series.