Batman #3
(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 and copyright registration. 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)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bal-loons five-a cents...
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)

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

Silly Stuff / cartoon / 0.5 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dis is very discouragin'!
Genre
humor

[no title indexed] (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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'll show 'em!
Genre
humor
Characters
Dinky

[no title indexed] (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
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Statistics show that for every man killed...
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)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
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
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Craig Delich
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