Original copy of Batman Annual 1982. Hardcover Batman Annual books have been published in Great Britain since 1960 by a number of different publishers. Beginning in the 1970s, these books started featuring reprints of Batman comic stories. The cover of Batman Annual 1982 features a Batman/Joker illustration by Brian Bolland that pre-dates his groundbreaking work on Batman: The Killing Joke by six years. As far as I know, this illustration has not appeared anywhere other than the annual.