(March 1991)

DC, 1937 Series
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Price:
2.95 USD; 3.50 CAD; 1.20 GBP
Pages:
84
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; Kelley Puckett (assistant)
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

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Norm Breyfogle (painted)
Inks:
Norm Breyfogle (painted)
Colors:
Norm Breyfogle (painted)
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman

Indexer Notes

This issue is bannered "Anniversary Celebrating Batman's 600th Appearance in Detective Comics" even though it is actually the 601st appearance in Detective Comics.

["The story isn't long..."] (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

This article, appearing on the inside front cover, explains the structure of the issue: a reprint of Batman's first appearance, a reprint of the story Julius Schwartz commissioned to commemorate Batman's thirtieth anniversary, and two new stories using the same plot as the others created by the then-current creative teams of Batman and Detective Comics.

The Case of the Chemical Syndicate (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane
Inks:
Bob Kane
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Commissioner Gordon; Lambert; Steven Crane; Alfred Stryker
Synopsis:
The Bat-Man investigates a string of murders connected to a chemical syndicate.
Reprints:

The Cry of Night Is-- "Kill!" (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script:
Mike Friedrich
Pencils:
Bob Brown
Inks:
Joe Giella
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Robin; Commissioner Gordon; Alfred Pennyworth; Mel Lambert; Steven Crane, Alfred Stryker
Synopsis:
Batman and Robin investigate a string of murders connected to a scientific research syndicate.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

New story, commissioned by Julius Schwartz in celebration of Batman's thirtieth anniversary, which re-uses the plot of "Case of the Chemical Syndicate" from Detective Comics #27. Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics. The original story is 16.67 pages long; this reprint fills in the final 0.33 page with a caption box ("Several significant changes were made, of course...").

The Case of the Chemical Syndicate (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
Marv Wolfman
Pencils:
Jim Aparo
Inks:
Mike DeCarlo
Colors:
Adrienne Roy
Letters:
John Costanza

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Theodore Lambert, Sr. (death); Detective Dana Hanrahan; Ted Lambert; Fred Stryker; Pesticyde [Priscilla Stryker] (death); Steven Crane (death); Elaine Crane (death); Paul Rogers
Synopsis:
Batman investigates a gruesome costumed murderer targeting the partners at a industrial chemical firm.

Indexer Notes

New story re-using the plot of "Case of the Chemical Syndicate" from Detective Comics #27. Story is dedicated to "Bob Kane and Bill Finger and all those others who have kept the legend alive."

Girls, Gorillas, and a whole ton of trouble! (Table of Contents)

Angel and the Ape / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Phil Foglio
Inks:
Keith Wilson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Angel O'Day; Sam Simeon; Gorilla Grodd; Dumb Bunny

Indexer Notes

Promotes the forthcoming series, Angel and the Ape (DC, 1991 series). Appears between pages 15 and 16 of the third story sequence.

At last! He's the official Green Lantern of Earth... (Table of Contents)

Green Lantern / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Joe Staton
Inks:
Bruce Patterson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Guy Gardner; G'Nort

Indexer Notes

Promotes Guy Gardner "solo epic" in Green Lantern (DC, 1990 series) #9-12. Appears immediately following the third story sequence and immediately prior to the Flash promo.

Flashback! (Table of Contents)

Flash / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Carmine Infantino
Inks:
John Nyberg
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Flash [Barry Allen]; Flash [Jay Garrick]; Kid Flash [Wally West]; Captain Boomerang; Gorilla Grodd; Captain Cold; Trickster; Weather Wizard

Indexer Notes

Promoting The Greatest Flash Stories Ever Told (DC, 1991 series) #[nn] with an image very close to the cover art for the hardcover. Appears immediately following the previous sequence and prior to the fourth story sequence.

The Case of the Chemical Syndicate (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script:
Alan Grant
Pencils:
Norm Breyfogle
Inks:
Steve Mitchell
Colors:
Adrienne Roy
Letters:
Todd Klein

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Commissioner Gordon; Mel Lambert; Mr. Crane (death); Paul Rogers (death); Alfred Stryker (death); CAMEOS (see note): Barbara Gordon; Alfred Pennyworth; Robin; Poison Ivy; Killer Moth; The Cavalier; Doctor Phosphorus; Black Spider; Killer Croc; Deadshot; Crazy Quilt; Clayface [Preston Payne]; Penguin; Catwoman; Mad Hatter; Ventriloquist; Scarface; Two-Face; The Riddler; Anarky; Scarecrow; The Spook; The Joker; Mr. Freeze; Black Mask
Synopsis:
Batman investigates a string of murders connected to a chemical company.

Indexer Notes

New story re-using the plot of "Case of the Chemical Syndicate" from Detective Comics #27. The final two-page spread of this story shows Batman swinging above images of his friends and foes with the number 600 super-imposed over the Bat-Signal behind him along with two caption boxes concluding the narration from the story.

To wage his war on crime, he'd go to any lengths... (Table of Contents)

Batman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (signed)
Inks:
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Characters:
Batman

Indexer Notes

Promotes the Venom storyline, beginning in Legends of the Dark Knight (DC, 1989 series) #16. Appears between pages 6 and 7 of the fourth story sequence.

[advertisements] (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 10 pages (report information)

Indexer Notes

There are a number of advertisements in this issue. The first page of ads contains 20 small ads on a single page prior to page 6 of the first story sequence. Remaining ads promote Capcom's Mega Man 3 for the Nintendo Entertainment System (between pages 1 and 2 of the second story sequence), Fleer's 1991 series of baseball cards (between pages 13 and 14 of the second story sequence), Capcom's Destiny of the Emperor game for Nintendo (between the second and third story sequences), Upper Deck's 1990-91 series of hockey cards(between pages 9 and 10 of the third story sequence), personalized baseball cards from Cracker Jack (between pages 20 and 21 of the fourth story sequence), Buck Rogers XXVc Role-Playing Game and Countdown to Doomsday computer game from TSR (following the fourth story sequence), Great Eastern Conventions comic book convention in February 1991 (following the TSR ad), the Ultimate Game Club phone tipline (top half of last page in issue), the National Baseball Club Hotline (bottom half of final page), and Akklaim's Arch-Rivals: A Basketbrawl, a game for the Nintendo Entertainment System (on the back cover).

3 Musketeers Adventure! No. 2 in a Series (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Synopsis:
A salvage crew attempting to rescue a sunken nuclear sub at the Marianas Trench discovers a giant 3 Musketeers candy bar instead.

Indexer Notes

This ad for the 3 Musketeers candy bar is in comic form.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman
  2. 1. ["The story isn't long..."]
  3. 2. The Case of the Chemical Syndicate
    Batman
  4. 3. The Cry of Night Is-- "Kill!"
    Batman
  5. 4. The Case of the Chemical Syndicate
    Batman
  6. 5. Girls, Gorillas, and a whole ton of trouble!
    Angel and the Ape
  7. 6. At last! He's the official Green Lantern of Earth...
    Green Lantern
  8. 7. Flashback!
    Flash
  9. 8. The Case of the Chemical Syndicate
    Batman
  10. 9. To wage his war on crime, he'd go to any lengths...
    Batman
  11. 10. [advertisements]
  12. 11. 3 Musketeers Adventure! No. 2 in a Series
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