(April-May 1943)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1943-02-10
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age, then Silver Age, then Standard Modern Age U.S.
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

[none] (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Jerry Robinson
Inks:
Jerry Robinson
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

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

Indexer Notes

Revised art credits by Craig Delich (Nov. 2005). Credit previously assigned to Fred Ray? This cover is a reverse scene from Batman #9.

The Joker Reforms (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Cameron
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Jerry Robinson; George Roussos [backgrounds]
Colors:
?
Letters:
George Roussos

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Jeb Johnson; Villains: The Joker, Kite, Sparky, Nitro.
Synopsis:
After robbing a jewelry store, the Joker crash-lands his escape plane and looses his memory. He stumbles into a town where he becomes a hero....but not to the other members of his gang, who seek the jewels, and come looking for him, as do the Caped Crusaders.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Ink credits confirmed by Robinson and Roussos. Letterer credit confirmed by Roussos. Some info and synopsis added by Craig Delich 12-24-08.

none (Table of Contents)

Shorty / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Shorty

none (Table of Contents)

Marmaduke Jones / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Paul Fung
Pencils:
Paul Fung
Inks:
Paul Fung
Colors:
?
Letters:
Paul Fung?

Genre:
adventure; humor
Characters:
Marmaduke Jones

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich 12-24-08.

none (Table of Contents)

Silly Willy / filler / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Silly Willy

The Grade A Crimes! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Ruth Lyons Kaufman [as Bunny Lyons]
Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Jack Burnley; Ray Burnley (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Betty Bentley ?; Ira Schnapp ?
Editing:
Jack Schiff

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; V: John Winthrop (I).
Synopsis:
After a series of early-bird robberies, Batman notes the appearances of a milkman and his horse-drawn wagon at the scene of every crime, and makes the connection that it is involved in the heists.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Bill Jourdain's article in Alter Ego #27, August 2003 claims art credits go to Pencils: Dick Sprang and Inks: Charles Paris [Sprang told Craig Delich that he did NOT do this story]; Jack Burnley verifies, however, he penciled and inked the story. Script credit confirmed by Jack Schiff [the original indexer credited Bill Finger]. Story was heavily edited by editor Jack Schiff. Some info and synopsis added by Craig Delich 12-24-08.

none (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Facts / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Papp
Inks:
George Papp
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

The Adventure of the Branded Tree (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Cameron
Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Jack Burnley; Ray Burnley (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Betty Bentley

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Scotty [D]; Yonson [D]; Villains: Bull Beeton (I), Knuckles.
Synopsis:
Batman and Robin track down the secret of a dagger-branded tree that led to the murder of two lumberjacks.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The 2nd from last panel is patterned after the cover to Batman #8. Writer credit from Martin O'Hearn. Pencils, inks, and letterer credits confirmed by Jack Burnley. Some info and synopsis added by Craig Delich 12-24-08.

none (Table of Contents)

Chief Hot Foot / filler / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Chief Hot Foot

Motive (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Eric Carter (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

none (Table of Contents)

Laffs / filler / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor

none (Table of Contents)

Clancy the Cop / filler / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Clancy the Cop

Here Comes Alfred (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Don Cameron
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Jerry Robinson; George Roussos [backgrounds]
Colors:
?
Letters:
George Roussos

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Alfred Beagle (last name revealed in Detective Comics #96); Gaston LeDuc [a.k.a. the Duke of Dorian]; Villains: Manuel Stiletti (I). Pablo.
Synopsis:
Things get very complicated when an English butler, named Alfred, suddenly shows up on the doorstep of Wayne Manor and announces that he is there is attend to their needs in order to fulfill a promise that he made to the original butler for the Wayne family. Then he discovers accidently that his new masters are in reality Batman and Robin!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Martin O'Hearn. Ink credits confirmed by Robinson and Roussos. Letterer credit confirmed by Roussos. Some info and synopsis added by Craig Delich 12-24-08. All reprints traced.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [none]
    Batman
  2. 1. The Joker Reforms
    Batman
  3. 2. none
    Shorty
  4. 3. none
    Marmaduke Jones
  5. 4. none
    Silly Willy
  6. 5. The Grade A Crimes!
    Batman
  7. 6. none
    Fantastic Facts
  8. 7. The Adventure of the Branded Tree
    Batman
  9. 8. none
    Chief Hot Foot
  10. 9. Motive
  11. 10. none
    Laffs
  12. 11. none
    Clancy the Cop
  13. 12. Here Comes Alfred
    Batman
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Per Sandell
  • Lionel English
  • Jim Stangas
  • Matthew Peets
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Bill Wormstedt
  • Lou Mougin
  • Craig Delich
  • John Greb
  • Carlos Tasada
  • Jeremy Heier
  • Terry Vraspir
  • Donald Dale Milne
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Mike Nielsen