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(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.


[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 [Bruce Wayne]

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 [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner James Gordon; Lambert; Steven Crane; Alfred Stryker
Synopsis:
The Bat-Man investigates a string of murders connected to a chemical syndicate.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

This is not a reprint of this story as originally published. Instead, it is a redrawn (traced), re-lettered, and censored copy which originally appeared in Detective Comics 387. A notable change is that the murder victim on page 2, panel 2 does not have a knife jutting out of his back, as he did in the originally-published version of this story.

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 [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James 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 [Bruce Wayne]; 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) (Expand) /

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

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

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

Flashback! (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

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

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 [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner James Gordon; Mel Lambert; Mr. Crane (death); Paul Rogers (death); Alfred Stryker (death); CAMEOS (see note): Barbara Gordon; Alfred Pennyworth; Robin [Tim Drake]; Poison Ivy [Pamela Isley]; Killer Moth [Cameron Van Cleer]; The Cavalier [Mortimer Drake]; Doctor Phosphorus [Dr. Alexander Sartorius]; Black Spider [Eric Needham]; Killer Croc [Waylon Jones]; Deadshot [Floyd Lawton]; Crazy Quilt [Paul Dekker]; Clayface [Preston Payne]; Penguin [Oswald Cobblepot]; Catwoman [Selina Kyle]; Mad Hatter [Jervis Tetch]; Ventriloquist [Arnold Dresker; also as Scarface]; Two-Face [Harvey Dent]; The Riddler [Edward Nigma]; Anarky [Lonnie Machlin]; Scarecrow [Jonathan Crane]; The Spook [Val Kaliban]; The Joker; Mr. Freeze [Victor Fries]; Black Mask [Roman Sionis]
Synopsis:
Batman investigates a string of murders connected to a chemical company.
Reprints:

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) (Expand) /

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

[advertisements] (Table of Contents) (Expand) /

advertisement / 10 pages (report information)

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

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Jerry Hillegas
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