(February-March 1975)

DC, 1974 Series
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Volume:
1
Price:
1.00 USD
Pages:
72
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand:
The Line of DC Super-Stars
ISBN:
?
Barcode:
?
Editing:
E. Nelson Bridwell (collected edition); Whitney Ellsworth (original editor)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Tabloid
Paper Stock:
Cardboard covers; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched

Issue Notes

The indicia incorrectly lists this issue as Vol. 1, #F-6, with a date of Feb.-Mar., 1975. The cover has the correct number of F-5, but has an incorrect date of Jan.

All synopses copied from original issue index and written by Craig Delich.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed); Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

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

Indexer Notes

The inks credit was verified by Robinson.

[Last February, The Batman lost a father.] (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Carmine Infantino
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
biography

Indexer Notes

Memorializes Bill Finger.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed); Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth

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

Indexer Notes

This is an inner cover printed on glossy paper (the rest of the book is newsprint).

The inks credit was verified by Robinson.

The Legend of the Batman - Who He Is and How He Came to Be! (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane; Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Sheldon Moldoff
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne] (origin); Thomas Wayne; Martha Wayne; Joe Chill (unnamed)
Synopsis:
Bruce Wayne's parent are murdered by a cheap crook, and young Bruce vows to avenge their deaths by warring on all criminals.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The background inks and letters credits were verified by Moldoff.

[The Joker] (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed); Jerry Robinson (see notes)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed); Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Jerry Robinson
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Henry Claridge (Death); Jay Wilde (Death); Judge Drake (Death); The Joker (Villain; Introduction); Brute Nelson (Death)
Synopsis:
Batman faces a new criminal who succeeds in killing famous men and stealing their prized possessions, leaving them all with "a smile" on their face!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First line: "Once again a master criminal stalks the city streets -- a criminal weaving a web of death about him..."

There is an earlier chronological appearance (and origin) of the Joker in Detective Comics #168.

Robinson verified with Gary Watson in July 2009 that he did some penciling (including the Joker's card on the splash page specifically), in addition to the background inks and lettering he already confirmed.

["Yippe-e! Hey-cut that out! Waho-o-o!"] (Table of Contents)

Major Bigsbe an' Botts / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Gustavson
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson
Inks:
Paul Gustavson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Major Bigsbe; Botts
Synopsis:
Having bought the Bar Q Ranch, Major Bigsbe decides to celebrate by shootin' off his pistols...and lands in jail!
Reprints:

[The Giants of Hugo Strange] (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed); Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Jerry Robinson
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Professor Hugo Strange (Villain); unnamed monsters (Villains; Death); the Batplane
Synopsis:
The Batman faces an arch criminal who has invented a serum to create a race of giant monsters, and nearly becomes one of them himself!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First line: "While an innocent metropolis sleeps little does it realize that huge, terrifying man-monsters shall soon stalk the streets..."

Oddity: Machine guns are mounted on the Batplane, which are used to kill.

The background inks and letters credits were verified by Robinson.

Strictly Publicity (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Guy Monroe
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:
detective-mystery
Characters:
The Chief; Terry Gallant
Synopsis:
Detective Terry Gallant proves to his Chief that the late Barton Barlow had killed himself with a gun in a most mysterious way.
Reprints:

Meet the Artist! (Table of Contents)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Whitney Ellsworth [as The Editor] (signed)
Pencils:
? (photo)
Inks:
? (photo)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:
biography
Characters:
Bob Kane (photo)
Synopsis:
Biography of Batman creator Bob Kane.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First line: "Readers, meet Bob Kane, creator of THE BATMAN!"

[The Cat] (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane; Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Jerry Robinson
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; John Travers; Martha Travers; The Cat [Selina Kyle; also as Miss Peggs] (Villain); Denny
Synopsis:
Batman and Robin take a trip aboard an exclusive yacht in order to prevent the theft of the Travers necklace at the hands of the Cat!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First line: "Among the guests walks a young steward..."

The Cat was later renamed Cat-Woman or Catwoman.

The background inks and letters credits were verified by Robinson.

The 'Big Six' Comics Magazines Still Lead the Field! (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
? (various)
Inks:
? (various)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?; typeset

Genre:
science fiction; superhero
Characters:
Superman; Sandman; Ultra-Man; Spectre; Flash; Batman
Synopsis:
Illustrated promotional ad for Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Detective Comics, More Fun Comics, Flash Comics, and All-American Comics, and their headline features.
Reprints:

Two Aces (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
George Shute
Pencils:
Raymond Perry
Inks:
Raymond Perry
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Lt. Bill Wayne; von Berket (villain; death)
Synopsis:
Inventor Doctor Synce gets Navy flier Wayne to fly secret plans from Pensacola, Florida to the coast, when the pilot runs up against an old adversary and ace from years before.
Reprints:

["Gosh! And only ten cents!"] (Table of Contents)

Ginger Snap / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Kane [as Ted Raye]
Pencils:
Bob Kane [as Ted Raye]
Inks:
Bob Kane [as Ted Raye]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Ginger Snap; Uncle Zep
Synopsis:
Uncle Zep takes Ginger to the soda shop for a soda, but ends up drinking way too many himself!
Reprints:

["In Egypt they say "How are you sweating"? instead of "How is your health"?"] (Table of Contents)

Fantastic Facts / filler / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
George Papp [as Geo. Papp] (signed)
Inks:
George Papp [as Geo. Papp] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Jack Dempsey
Synopsis:
Contains facts about boxer Jack Dempsey, kangaroos and "greetings and salutations."
Reprints:

The Joker Returns (Table of Contents)

Batman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane; Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Jerry Robinson
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; James Gordon; Chief of Police Chalmers (Death); Edgar Martin (Death); The Joker (Villain)
Synopsis:
The Joker escapes from prison to continue his rampage of death and to steal the famed Cleopatra necklace and Fire Ruby.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

First line: "Once again that harlequin of hate..the Joker..brings grinning death to a terrified people..."

As recounted in various sources, the Joker was supposed to die of his stab wound at the end of the story, but the editors decided this villain was too good to kill off, so the last panels were re-drawn to show him surviving. The last panel of the story, titled "Golden Rules for Robin's Regulars", introduces readers to "Robin's Code" of conduct.

The background inks and letters credits were verified by Robinson.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Jerry Robinson
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Clayface
Synopsis:
Promotional ad for Detective Comics #40, whose cover is shown here.
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman; Robin
Synopsis:
Pin-up of Batman & Robin.
Reprints:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bob Kane
Inks:
Bob Kane
Colors:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman

Indexer Notes

The figure of Batman taken from the cover, over a bat outline.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman
  2. 1. [Last February, The Batman lost a father.]
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Batman
  4. 3. The Legend of the Batman - Who He Is and How He Came to Be!
    Batman
  5. 4. [The Joker]
    Batman
  6. 5. ["Yippe-e! Hey-cut that out! Waho-o-o!"]
    Major Bigsbe an' Botts
  7. 6. [The Giants of Hugo Strange]
    Batman
  8. 7. Strictly Publicity
  9. 8. Meet the Artist!
  10. 9. [The Cat]
    Batman
  11. 10. The 'Big Six' Comics Magazines Still Lead the Field!
  12. 11. Two Aces
  13. 12. ["Gosh! And only ten cents!"]
    Ginger Snap
  14. 13. ["In Egypt they say "How are you sweating"? instead of "How is your health"?"]
    Fantastic Facts
  15. 14. The Joker Returns
    Batman
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Batman
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Batman
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