|The Elizabeth Arkham Asylum for the Criminally
Insane, typically called Arkham Asylum or
is a fictional psychiatric hospital - prison appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in
stories featuring the superhero Batman. Arkham Asylum first appeared in Batman #258 (Oct. 1974),
written by Dennis O'Neil with art by Irv Novick.
serves as a psychiatric hospital for the Gotham City area, housing
patients who are criminally insane.