(December 1966 - January 1967)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.25 USD
Pages:
84
Indicia frequency:
monthly, with the exception of Jan. and April; (semi-monthly, Dec.)
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Jack Schiff
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age, then Silver Age, then Standard Modern Age U.S.
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Also designated on cover as 80 Page Giant (DC, 1964 series) #G30 and as G-30 on indicia page.


The Best of Batman! (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Win Mortimer; Curt Swan
Inks:
Win Mortimer; Stan Kaye
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Cover illustrated with vignettes from the covers of Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #192, 216, 264, and Batman (DC, 1940 series) #95.

Batman's First Case (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 11.66 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Charles Paris (verified by Paris)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne] (origin); Robin [Dick Grayson]; Thomas Wayne (cameo, flashback); Martha Wayne (cameo, flashback); un-named criminology professor (flashback); Tom Rogers (introduction, ex-convict and friend of Kyle); un-named prison warden; Joe Chill (villain, cameo, flashback); The Clock [Kyle] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The sudden appearance of a new criminal basing his crime on time jogs Batman's memory into remembering that this criminal was his very first case after his parents were killed, and if the Clock has his way, the current case against him will be the Caped Crusader's last!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inks credit verified by Paris.

The Phantom Eye of Gotham City (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
David Vern ?
Pencils:
Bob Kane
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Jim; Ed (newspaper editor); James (butler); Byron King (cameo, big game hunter); Buddy (cameo, King's son); Phantom Eye [Nails Riley aka Byron King and Batman imitator] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
As vicious criminal creates a means to televise crimes as they happen and making the Dynamic Duo look like they are inept. He goes further to disguise himself as Batman and get unmasked on TV as a wealthy big-game hunter, forcing Batman to actually prove who he is or give up his crime fighting vendetta.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inks credit verified by Paris.

The Last Days of Batman (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 8.66 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
?
Letters:
Stan Starkman

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Professor Carter Nichols; Commissioner James Gordon; John Kirk (museum curator); Signor Beri (cameo); Verillo (cameo, painter); El Bolo (villain, international jewel thief)
Synopsis:
Carter Nichols sends the Dynamic Duo back to ancient Venice to gather evidence in a case, but only Batman returns, while Robin is shifted to Gotham City a few days into the future, where he discovers a new criminal will kill Batman.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Martin O'Hearn. Inks credit verified by Paris.

[Gordon's Cleverest Criminal - Oct. 28/Dec. 9, 1945] (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Alvin Schwartz
Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Joker (villain)
Reprints:
  • from Batman Sunday (McClure Syndicate) 1946.04.28 - 1946.06.16

Indexer Notes

Pencils credit verified by Burnley; Inks credit verified by Paris.

Peril at Playland Isle (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 11.66 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Charles Barden (millionaire, death); Edith Barden (Barden's daughter); Macklin (Edith's fiance); Wilton (Barden's nephew); Pete Conn (villain, death); Carter (villain, introduction, Barden's business friend)
Synopsis:
When the wealthy builder of a new amusement park is killed, Batman and Robin nearly lose their lives tracking down the real killer.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Pencils credit verified by Sprang.

The Batman of Tomorrow! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Batman (of the Future) [Brane Taylor]; Vicki Vale; Commissioner James Gordon; Jackson Barrow (wealthy banker); Martin Vair (villain)
Synopsis:
When Bruce Wayne injures his arm, to keep Vicki from discovering that Batman has the same problem, the Caped Crusader seeks out the Batman of the Future to step in for him...almost with disastrous results!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Pencils credit verified by Sprang.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Cap's Hobby Hints / activity / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

The Ballad of Batman (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton (credit by O'Hearn)
Pencils:
Dick Sprang (verified by Sprang)
Inks:
Charles Paris (verified by Paris)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Pat Gordon

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Sam Strong (introduction); Commissioner James Gordon (voice only); John Martin (TV producer, introduction); Whitey (villain, introduction); other un-named thugs (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
A balladeer comes to Gotham City to sing the praises of Batman in verse, but it backfires when his songs tip off crooks wanting to commit crimes.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Martin O'Hearn; pencils credit verified by Sprang; inks credit verified by Paris.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Best of Batman!
    Batman
  2. 1. Batman's First Case
    Batman
  3. 2. The Phantom Eye of Gotham City
    Batman
  4. 3. The Last Days of Batman
    Batman
  5. 4. [Gordon's Cleverest Criminal - Oct. 28/Dec. 9, 1945]
    Batman
  6. 5. Peril at Playland Isle
    Batman
  7. 6. The Batman of Tomorrow!
    Batman
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Cap's Hobby Hints
  9. 8. The Ballad of Batman
    Batman
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