Batman #427 [Direct]
(December 1988)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price:
1.50 USD; 2.00 CAD; 0.60 GBP
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand:
DC [bullet]
Editing:
Denny O'Neil; Dan Raspler (assistant editor)
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

This issue has variants.


A Death In the Family Book Two of Four (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Mike Mignola
Inks:
Mike Mignola
Colors:
Anthony Tollin
Letters:
Typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Robin [Jason Todd]
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

2 different covers:

Cover A, the direct sales edition, contains no upc on lower right hand side, and has the 1-800 number fans phoned in to determine Jason Todd's fate on the inside of the issue itself.

Cover B, the newsstand edition, released 3 weeks later, contains the upc code on lower right hand side, but doesnt have the 1-800 number on the inside of the issue.

Color credits confirmed by Anthony Tollin.

A Death in the Family (Chapter 3 & 4) (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 44 pages (report information)

Script:
Jim Starlin
Pencils:
Jim Aparo
Inks:
Mike DeCarlo
Colors:
Adrienne Roy
Letters:
John Costanza
Job Number:
G-3628

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Robin [Jason Todd]; Sheila Haywood (introduction); Joker (villain); Lady Shiva (villain); Alfred Pennyworth (flashback)
Synopsis:
Jason meets his real mother, Sheila Haywood, but she turns out to be working for the Joker and allows her son to fall into his deadly hands inside of a warehouse. Joker beats Robin with a crowbar and leaves him for dead as a badly beaten Robin attempts to save his mom and himself from the dynamite left behind by the Joker as he leaves them both to a horrible fate. Batman watches in horror as the warehouse containing Jason and Sheila blows up, too late to stop the Joker.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The Direct Sales copies of this comic, released first, contained a 1-800 phone number to either vote "for" or "against" the death of Jason Todd on the inside back cover. The newstand copies, released 3 weeks later did not contain the 1-800 number.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. A Death In the Family Book Two of Four
    Batman
  2. 1. A Death in the Family (Chapter 3 & 4)
    Batman
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