Batman #73
(October-November 1952)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
44
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1952-08-27
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited) (editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.

The Joker's Utility Belt! (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Dick Sprang
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; The Joker (images)
Reprints
Keywords
Utility belt

Indexer Notes

Pencil credit verified by Sprang, inker credit verified by Paris, and letterer credit by Martin O'Hearn and Joe Desris.

Binky Asks "What Do You Know About Other People?" (Table of Contents: 1)

Binky [DC] / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Win Mortimer
Inks
Win Mortimer
Letters
Ira Schnapp

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It's been wonderful being with you...
Genre
advocacy; teen
Characters
Binky Biggs; Cosette; Allergy Biggs; Lucy Biggs; Mr. Biggs; Mrs. Biggs
Synopsis
An exchange student from France who has been living with Binky's family teaches them a lesson about how people from other cultures see each other.

Indexer Notes

Found on the inside front cover.

Published in cooperation with leading national social welfare and youth-serving organizations.

Guns for Hire! (Table of Contents: 2)

Batman and Robin / comic story / 9.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Dick Sprang
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
Pat Gordon

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Instead of renting this weapon, I'll...
Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [40's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne; also as Slug Carson]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; The Renter [Dr. Hagen] (villain, introduction); Charley; Pete; Herman Marn; Weaver
Synopsis
Batman goes undercover to find the head of a criminal organization that rents out guns to other criminals to commit crimes and then disposes of the weapons afterward so they can't be used as evidence.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Pencil credit verified by Sprang and inker credit verified by Paris.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Out of This World; Necco / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Dubble Bubble Gum / comics-form advertising / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5)

Casey the Cop / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Hmm, there goes Slippery Sam!
Feature Logo
Casey the Cop
Genre
humor
Characters
Casey the Cop; Slippery Sam (villain)
Reprints

Two More Thrilling Magazines for Mystery Fans! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

House of Mystery; The Phantom Stranger / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Vicki Vale's Secret! (Table of Contents: 7)

Batman and Robin / comic story / 9.5 pages (report information)

Script
David Vern
Pencils
Bob Kane (Batman and Robin figures only); Lew Sayre Schwartz
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

First Line of Dialogue or Text
"Keys" Bennett, that's me!
Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [40's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Vicki Vale; Alfred; "Keys" Bennett (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Vicki Vale shows up at Wayne Manor fearing for her life after she accidentally photographs the criminal "Keys" Bennett. Batman and Robin set out to track down "Keys", but they are unaware that Vicki is planning to take advantage of the situation to learn Batman's secret identity.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Script credit by Martin O'Hearn, penciler credits verified by Schwartz, inker credit verified by Paris, and letterer credit by Martin O'Hearn and Joe Desris.

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Quick Quiz / activity / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
Horace Elmo
Pencils
Horace Elmo
Inks
Horace Elmo
Colors
?
Letters
Horace Elmo

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What is the world's leading occupation?
Genre
non-fiction

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10) (Expand) /

Wildroot Cream-Oil / advertisement / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

Varsity Vic / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The phone always rings when I'm in the shower!
Feature Logo
Varsity Vic
Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Varsity Vic
Reprints

Finger Print Forgeries (Table of Contents: 12)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller (credited as Jack E. Miller)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
crime

The Joker's Utility Belt! (Table of Contents: 13)

Batman and Robin / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
David Vern
Pencils
Dick Sprang (signed as Bob Kane)
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You know all about Batman's utility belt!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Charlie Chaplin (image); Oliver Hardy (image); Stan Laurel (image); Will Rogers (image); The Joker (villain); the Joker's gang (villains)
Synopsis
When the Joker's seemingly easy capture of the Caped Crusaders goes terribly wrong when Batman springs a surprise on him using his utility belt, the Crime Clown decides to outdo the Batman with his own utility belt!
Reprints
Keywords
Bat-Cave; Bat-Signal; Batmobile; utility belt

Indexer Notes

Script credit by Martin O'Hearn, penciler credit verified by Sprang, inker credit verified by Paris, and letterer credit by Martin O'Hearn and Joe Desris.

Here's Explosive Adventure in 2 More Great Magazines! (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

All-American Men of War; Our Army at War / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15)

Professor Eureka / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I have the examination papers all marked...
Genre
humor
Characters
Professor Eureka
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Jowett Institute of Physical Training / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Joker's Utility Belt!
    Batman and Robin
  2. 1. Binky Asks "What Do You Know About Other People?"
    Binky [DC]
  3. 2. Guns for Hire!
    Batman and Robin
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Out of This World; Necco
  5. 4. ["Put this box of Fleer's Dubble Bubble Gum in the vault..."]
    Dubble Bubble Gum
  6. 5. ["Hmm, there goes Slippery Sam!"]
    Casey the Cop
  7. 6. Two More Thrilling Magazines for Mystery Fans!
    House of Mystery; The Phantom Stranger
  8. 7. Vicki Vale's Secret!
    Batman and Robin
  9. 8. Editorial Advisory Board
  10. 9. ["What is the world's leading occupation?"]
    Quick Quiz
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Wildroot Cream-Oil
  12. 11. ["The phone always rings when I'm in the shower!"]
    Varsity Vic
  13. 12. Finger Print Forgeries
  14. 13. The Joker's Utility Belt!
    Batman and Robin
  15. 14. Here's Explosive Adventure in 2 More Great Magazines!
    All-American Men of War; Our Army at War
  16. 15. ["I have the examination papers all marked..."]
    Professor Eureka
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Jowett Institute of Physical Training
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll
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