(May 1954)

DC, 1937 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
44
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age US; Standard Silver Age US; Standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock:
Newsprint; Glossy
Binding:
Saddle-stitched; Squarebound
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Batman the Magician! (Table of Contents)

Batman and Robin / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Win Mortimer
Inks:
Win Mortimer
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]

Welcome, Amigo (Table of Contents)

Binky / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff
Pencils:
Bob Oksner
Inks:
Bob Oksner
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
teen

Batman the Magician! (Table of Contents)

Batman With Robin / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger (see notes)
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Merko the Great (magician); Moriarity Gang (villains); Pete (villain); un-named gang "Boss" (villain)
Synopsis:
The great magician Merko is kidnapped by a gang "Boss", wanting him to find a way to remove a pair of handcuffs from his wrists that were put on him by a rival gang and which supposed contain explosives. Batman and Robin substitute for Merko and his assistant on stage until they get a lead to the whereabouts of Merko, and can save him.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Gotham Gazette

Indexer Notes

Note from Anthony Tollin: Will Murray and I both believe that the 1954 "Batman the Magician" story in DETECTIVE COMICS #207 is scripted by Gibson. Stylistically, it has the structure and parallel storylines common to his novels that were not usually found in Finger's scripts ... and it also shows a familiarity with real stage magic illusions that makes me suspect that this was one of the half-dozen Batman stories scripted by Gibson around that time. (The scriptwriter also clearly indicates that Batman has found his own, different ways of performing the illusions other than the ones regularly used by stage magicians ... which also makes me suspect that this was written by a real magician who did not want to explain/ruin the actual gimmicks performed by his fellow illusionists.) Also, even though editor Mort Weisinger was notorious for giving one writer's plots to another writer, I would think that he would want to have a story about stage magic written by the best writer to do it ... the real magician and former manager of the huge Blackstone touring show. I doubt if the person who ID'd the story as being by Finger was considering Gibson as a possibility.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Casey the Cop / filler / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor

The Secret of the Flying Saucers! (Table of Contents)

Roy Raymond TV Detective / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Ruben Moreira
Inks:
Ruben Moreira
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Jerry the Jitterbug / filler / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor

Beware the Sea Serpent! (Table of Contents)

Captain Compass / comic story / 5.66 pages (report information)

Script:
Otto Binder
Pencils:
Joe Certa
Inks:
Joe Certa
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
detective-mystery

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Annie Gram / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Martin Naydel
Inks:
Martin Naydel
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Meet a Killer (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Jack Miller [as Joseph Macready]
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Quick Quiz / activity / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
H. T. Elmo
Inks:
H. T. Elmo
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Conquerors of Crime (Table of Contents)

Mysto Magician Detective / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Woolfolk
Pencils:
Leonard Starr
Inks:
Leonard Starr
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Indexer Notes

Woolfolk credit from Martin O'Hearn at http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. Batman the Magician!
    Batman and Robin
  2. 1. Welcome, Amigo
    Binky
  3. 2. Batman the Magician!
    Batman With Robin
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Casey the Cop
  5. 4. The Secret of the Flying Saucers!
    Roy Raymond TV Detective
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
    Jerry the Jitterbug
  7. 6. Beware the Sea Serpent!
    Captain Compass
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Annie Gram
  9. 8. Meet a Killer
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Quick Quiz
  11. 10. Conquerors of Crime
    Mysto Magician Detective
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