(Spring 1940)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
On-sale date:
1940-04-25
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A 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

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

Indicia: Batman No. 1 * Spring 1940 Issue
Published quarterly by DETECTIVE COMICS, INC. 480 Lexington Avenue, New York, N. Y.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman; Robin / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Indexer Notes

The background inker credit was verified by Robinson.

Boys! G-Man Outfit (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
typeset

Synopsis:
Ad for winning prizes from the Crowell-Collier Publishing Co., Springfield Ohio.

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Also includes indicia.

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

The Batman / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne] (origin); Thomas Wayne (Bruce's father, death, flashback); Martha Wayne (Bruce's mother, death, flashback); Joe Chill (villain, un-named)
Synopsis:
Bruce Wayne's parents are murdered by a cheap crook, and young Bruce vows to avenge their deaths by warring on all criminals.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

The background inker and letterer credits were verified by Moldoff.

[The Joker] (Table of Contents)

Batman With Robin the Boy Wonder / 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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Henry (radio listener); Henry Claridge (millionaire, death); Mrs. Claridge (Henry's wife); un-named Police Chief; Jay Wilde (death); Judge Drake (death); Otto Drexel (mention only); The Joker (villain, introduction); Brute Nelson (villain, 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:
Keywords:
Claridge Diamond; Cleopatra Necklace; Daily Star; infra-red lamp; Ronkers Ruby

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 / filler / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Pencils:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Inks:
Paul Gustavson (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Paul Gustavson

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

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich on 2008-10-30.

[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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Professor Hugo Strange (villain); un-named monsters (villains, all die)
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:
Keywords:
The Batplane; utility belt

Indexer Notes

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

This story was originally prepared for Detective Comics #38, but with the introduction of Robin in that issue, the story (sans Robin) was published here.

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

The closing scenes of Batman battling one of the mosters looks as if it were taken directly from 1933's film, "King Kong".

The background inker and letterer credits were verified by Robinson.

Strictly Publicity (Table of Contents)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Guy Monroe (signed)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
crime
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:
? (photo shaded in magenta)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
biography
Characters:
Bob Kane (photo)
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

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

Biography of Batman creator, Bob Kane.

[The Cat] (Table of Contents)

Batman With Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; John Travers; Martha Travers; Dr. Wallace; un-named ship steward; un-named Captain (of "The Dolphin"); The Cat [Selina Kyle] [as Miss Peggs] (villain, introduction); Denny (villain)
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:
Keywords:
Traver's Necklace

Indexer Notes

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

The Cat was later renamed Cat-Woman or Catwoman in next issue. An earlier chronological appearance was in issue #52 and in Brave and the Bold #197.

The background inker and letterer 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 [Clark Kent]; Sandman [Wesley Dodds]; Ultra-Man; Spectre [Jim Corrigan]; Flash [Jay Garrick]; Batman [Bruce Wayne]
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:

Indexer Notes

Sequence and all information added by Craig Delich 2008-10-30.

Two Aces (Table of Contents)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
George Shute (signed)
Pencils:
Raymond Perry
Inks:
Raymond Perry
Colors:
Raymond Perry
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Lt. Bill Wayne; Doctor Synce; 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 / filler / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Bob Kane [as Ted Raye] (signed)
Pencils:
Bob Kane [as Ted Raye] (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane [as Ted Raye] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Bob Kane ?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Ginger Snap; Uncle Zep; un-named soda jerk
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:
?

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 With Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Chief of Police Chalmers (death); Edgar Martin (a political reformer, 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:
Keywords:
Cleopatra Necklace; Fire Ruby

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 code (ROBIN): Readiness, Obedience, Brotherhood, Industriousness, Nationalism.

The background inker and letterer credits were verified by Robinson.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

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

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

Charlie Barnet Uses Home Recordo! (Table of Contents)

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Letters:
?; typeset

Indexer Notes

Advertisement for making your own records at home, from Home Recording Company, New York, N.Y. Appears on the inside back cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman and Robin / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

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

Indexer Notes

Pin-up of Batman and Robin, found on the back cover, made to cut out and frame.

Editing

Table of Contents

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