(Fall 1940)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD; 0.15 CAD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
On-sale date:
1940-10-18
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (uncredited)
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

On-sale date from ad in Detective Comics #45. On-sale date of October 20th in ad in Action Comics #31.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Inker credit verified by Robinson.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Johnson Smith & Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Strange Case of the Diabolical Puppet Master (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Dr. Craig (scientist); The Puppet Master [Dmitri] (villain, introduction); Dmitri's assistants (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
The Caped Crusaders must stop the likes of the Puppet Master, who has set his sights on stealing the Voss Rifle, the Army's newly developed secret gun. But to do it, Batman must overcome the effects of having come under the hypnotic influence of his foe.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Batplane; Voss Rifle

Indexer Notes

Inker credit verified by Robinson, background inker and letterer credits verified by Roussos.

[The Miracle!] (Table of Contents: 3)

Fantastic Facts / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
George Papp
Pencils:
George Papp (signed)
Inks:
George Papp (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

For Superman Fans! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

Here It Is -- Better Than Ever! (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

All-Star Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

["Bal-loons five-a cents..."] (Table of Contents: 6)

Just Like Junior / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Stan Asch
Pencils:
Stan Asch
Inks:
Stan Asch
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Junior

The Ugliest Man in the World (Table of Contents: 7)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Detective McGonigle; Harvey Dodge (Wayne's friend, victim of ugly condition); Carter (victim of ugly condition); Dr. Ekhart; John Tyler; Mrs. Tyler; Carlson [as Larry Larrimore] (villain, leader of the Ugly Horde, introduction, death); the Ugly Horde (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Batman confronts the ugliest man in the world...a man shunned by "normal" people he meets everyday, but now a man who decides to inflict upon those people some of the ugliness he has had to endure.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Herald; Daily World; Globe; Trotter

Indexer Notes

Jerry Robinson's last name is on the window pane shown on page 5, panel 5.

The cover scene for this issue is found, for the most part, on page 7, panel 6 of this story.

Inker credit verified by Robinson, background inker and letterer credits verified by Roussos.

A New Adventure Every Month! (Table of Contents: 8) (Expand) /

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

The Crime School for Boys!! (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Tommy (reformed villain); Eddie (reformed villain); Big Boy Daniels (villain, introduction); Daniel's mob (villains, introduction for all); "Pockets" (villain, crime school instructor, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Batman has to deal with the threat of a crime school upon the lives of young boys...a school designed how to teach those boys the ways of a criminal.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Inker credit verified by Robinson, background inker and letterer credits verified by Roussos.

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

American Specialty Co. / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

["Dis is very discouragin'!"] (Table of Contents: 11)

Silly Stuff / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
humor

["I'll show 'em!"] (Table of Contents: 12)

Dinky / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff [as Bolt] (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff [as Bolt] (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff [as Bolt] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Dinky

["Statistics show that for every man killed..."] (Table of Contents: 13)

The Odd Side of War / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Fred Schwab [as Fred West]
Pencils:
Fred Schwab [as Fred West]
Inks:
Fred Schwab [as Fred West]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

A Blow for England (Table of Contents: 14)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Norman Goss (credited)
Pencils:
Raymond Perry (signed)
Inks:
Raymond Perry (signed)
Colors:
Raymond Perry ?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

The Batman vs. the Cat-Woman! (Table of Contents: 15)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Detective McGonigle; Jerry; The Diamond Syndicate [D. Calvert (Syndicate Secretary, death); Mr. Darr; Mr. Blake; Mr. Hoffer; Mr. Darrel]; The Cat-Woman [aka The Cat] [Selina Kyle] (villain); Hoffer (villain); Blake (villain); Mr. Darrel (villain)
Synopsis:
The Cat returns to plague members of the Diamond Syndicate in order to achieve a beautiful "diamond prize!"
Reprints:
Keywords:
Authenticated News; Daily Star; Edith's Cafe; Morning Sun; Zita's Cafe

Indexer Notes

The name Catwoman is consistently hyphenated as "The Cat-Woman" in this story. She is also referred to in this story as the Cat.

Inker credit verified by Robinson, background inker and letterer credits verified by Roussos.

The Batman Says (Table of Contents: 16)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Whitney Ellsworth
Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Jack Burnley
Colors:
?
Letters:
Betty Bentley ?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Synopsis:
In this article, Batman and Robin try to convince readers that they hate all crime and criminals, and that they hope their adventures will help convince them to follow the straight and honest path in their own lives.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Script, art and letterer credits by Jack Burnley.

Art taken from the cover of New York World's Fair Comics 1940.

The "Big Six" Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field! (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Wilson Chem. Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co.
  3. 2. The Strange Case of the Diabolical Puppet Master
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  4. 3. [The Miracle!]
    Fantastic Facts
  5. 4. For Superman Fans!
    Superman
  6. 5. Here It Is -- Better Than Ever!
    All-Star Comics
  7. 6. ["Bal-loons five-a cents..."]
    Just Like Junior
  8. 7. The Ugliest Man in the World
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  9. 8. A New Adventure Every Month!
    Detective Comics
  10. 9. The Crime School for Boys!!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    American Specialty Co.
  12. 11. ["Dis is very discouragin'!"]
    Silly Stuff
  13. 12. ["I'll show 'em!"]
    Dinky
  14. 13. ["Statistics show that for every man killed..."]
    The Odd Side of War
  15. 14. A Blow for England
  16. 15. The Batman vs. the Cat-Woman!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  17. 16. The Batman Says
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  18. 17. The "Big Six" Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field!
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Wilson Chem. Co.
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
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