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James W. "Jim" Gordon was the commissioner of the Gotham City Police Department. In this capacity, he was a staunch ally of the Batman and the Batman Family. Gordon was also the father of Barbara Gordon, who worked secretly as Batgirl.
Besides his work as Police Commissioner, Gordon was also a member of the Mystery Analysts of Gotham City, who were a group of high-profile detectives that gathered together to solve any sort of mysteries.
As head of the Police Department in Gotham City, Gordon solved some of some of the most remarkable crimes in the city. Gordon was a main figure in the Schemer’s plan to steal a large shipment of gold by making Gordon think that Batman was dead. As expected, Gordon believed that any Batman that showed up was an impostor and he soon arrested the real Batman. Fortunately, Batman broke free and when Gordon chased him down, he finally captured a real impostor, member of the Schemer’s gang and thus, Gordon finally learned the truth and nabbed the crooks with Batman’s help. Gordon was then victim of Mr. Esper’s subliminal manipulation and caused Batman and Robin to fall for Esper’s trap. Eventually the heroes captured Esper, but Gordon never knew of his involvement in the situation.
Gordon was later kidnapped and his life endangered by a vengeful martial artist, who sought revenge against Batman by murdering Gordon. Batman managed to locate Gordon and saved him from a certain death. However, Gordon was forced to turn against Batman when all the evidence on a murder case pointed to the masked hero. Gordon organized the GCPD against Batman, but the Dark Knight soon cleared his own name and Gordon allowed Batman to work alongside the GCPD once again.
Not long after this, Gordon and Batman started working to bring The Joker to justice, but Batman made his confrontation with the madman personal. Gordon had to step in and prevent Batman from killing the Joker.
When a new mayor of Gotham was elected, he forced Gordon into retirement and placed a different man as Police Commissioner. However, when the GCPD were stymied by a common criminal, the Mayor was forced to call Gordon and rely on his experience to handle the case. Gordon worked together with Batman and risked his life to capture the criminal. After this heroic display, Gordon was reinstated as Police Commissioner.
Gordon also spent a great deal of his private life at home with his daughter, Barbara. During these times, he realized that Barbara was always close to certain crimes, like the time Jason Bard was framed for murder and when a gang of “wig killers” were captured. For these reasons, Gordon became aware that Barbara was hiding something, and he finally realized the truth after the murder of a rookie police officer. Gordon had decided to track down the killer, but his investigation was disrupted by a fake Batgirl and then the real Batgirl saved his life. Gordon managed to gather enough police officers to capture the killer with help from Batgirl and the whole case was wrapped up when he deduced his daughter secret identity as the law enforcer Batgirl. Gordon decided to let Barbara continue her adventures as Batgirl, but he longed for the day when she would finally reveal her secret to him.
Gordon’s wish was soon fulfilled when Barbara finally revealed the truth to him. This happened just as Gordon was nominated by some activists in Gotham for Congress. He had expressed his refusal to Barbara and she took the opportunity to volunteer to the charge in his place and when this happened, she opened up to him about her crime-fighting career.
Eventually, Gordon was forced to put out an arrest warrant against Batman for the murder of Talia, the daughter of the master criminal Ra's al Ghul. Gordon even asked Bruce Wayne to use his influence in order to capture Batman. Eventually, Gordon learned that Batman had been framed when the Dark Knight took Talia to the authorities. Gordon learned about Ra’s al Ghul’s conspiracy to turn Batman into an outlaw and after gathering all the evidence, Gordon dropped all charges against Batman.
After this whole affair, Gordon assigned Batman to protect possible victims of a murdered, but when Batman failed to provide such protection, Gordon lost faith in him and took him off the case. Soon, Gordon’s unfaithfulness proved to be a mistake when Batman captured the culprit and revealed that the victims were safe and sound. Gordon’s faith in Batman was restored and their collaboration continued.
After this, Gordon and Batman worked together to stop the Underworld Olympics that took place in Gotham. Gordon was eventually kidnapped by some criminals, who tried to learn Batman’s secret identity from him. Gordon, however, had a contingency plan with Batman and they managed to capture the crooks and provided a fake identity.
- The character of Commissioner Gordon was originally created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane and first appeared in Detective Comics #27. The Earth-One incarnation of James Gordon's character first appeared in Superman #76.
- This version of James Gordon, including all history and corresponding appearances, was initially erased from existence following the collapse of the original Multiverse in the 1985-86 Crisis on Infinite Earths limited series. However the ending of Convergence retroactively prevented that collapse, saving all the alternate realities, though in an "evolved" form. Even though versions of the character may have since appeared, this information does not apply to those versions.
- 608 Appearances of James Gordon (Earth-One)
- 24 Images featuring James Gordon (Earth-One)
- 11 Quotations by or about James Gordon (Earth-One)
- Character Gallery: James Gordon (Earth-One)
- ↑ Detective Comics #359
- ↑ Batman #164
- ↑ Batman #205
- ↑ Batman #209
- ↑ Detective Comics #399
- ↑ Batman #225
- ↑ Brave and the Bold #111
- ↑ Brave and the Bold #113
- ↑ Detective Comics #404
- ↑ Detective Comics #412
- ↑ Detective Comics #416
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- ↑ Detective Comics #422
- ↑ Detective Comics #444
- ↑ Detective Comics #445
- ↑ Detective Comics #448
- ↑ Batman #265
- ↑ Batman #272
- ↑ Batman #273
- ↑ Batman #274
- ↑ Batman #275
- ↑ Detective Comics #465
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