Batman #88
(December 1954)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
36
Indicia frequency
monthly, with the exception of Jan., May, July, and Nov.
On-sale date
1954-10-12
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
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

On-sale date from copyright registration.


The Son of Batman (Table of Contents)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Win Mortimer; Sheldon Moldoff (figure of boy)
Inks
Win Mortimer; Charles Paris (figure of boy)
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp; Pat Gordon (word balloon letters)

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

Indexer Notes

Tommy Wilson figure and word balloon in foreground taken from splash page of "The Son of Batman" story this issue. Schnapp's letterer credit from Martin O'Hearn and Joe Desris.

Draw Me! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Art Instruction, Inc. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Mystery of the Four Batmen! (Table of Contents: 2)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Dick Sprang [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
Pat Gordon

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Dr. Veering (villain, fake archaeologist); Horace Hubert (villain, fake pottery businessman); Professor Egbert Smills (fake orthinologist); Duke Walling (villain); Lefty Lingard (villain, fake pro baseball player)
Synopsis
The Batman and Robin board a cruise ship at sea, the Vardonic, in order to track down an accomplish of a gang operating in Gotham City. The list of suspects includes four "Batmen"!
Reprints
Keywords
Bat-Cave; Bat-Plane; Gotham City; Varonic

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Martin O'Hearn. Penciler credit verified by Dick Sprang. Inker credit verified by Charles Paris.

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

Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Movie Mirth / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Harry Lampert
Pencils
Harry Lampert
Inks
Harry Lampert
Colors
?
Letters
Harry Lampert

First Line of Dialogue or Text
What's the matter, dear?
Genre
non-fiction
Reprints

Three Letters to Batman! (Table of Contents: 5)

Batman and Robin / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger ?
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
Pat Gordon

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; The Queen of Mundovia
Synopsis
When loot from a crime mysteriously disappears, a series of letters arrive to the Caped Crusaders, and Robin succeeds in tracking down the letter writer: Batman himself!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inker credit verified by Charles Paris.

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

The Adventures of the Dubble Bubble Kids / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

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
I volunteer for the police band - and look what I get - a tuba!
Genre
humor
Characters
Casey the Cop

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 8)

Little Pete / 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
Mom asked me to mail this...
Genre
humor
Characters
Little Pete

The Case of the Harmless Crackpots (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Miller [as Joe Maloney] (credited)
Pencils
Raymond Perry
Inks
Raymond Perry
Colors
Raymond Perry ?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

Indexer Notes

Colorist credit by Craig Delich.

The Son of Batman! (Table of Contents: 10)

Batman and Robin / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger ?
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
Pat Gordon

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne; also as Ed Wilson]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Ed Wilson (introduction, ex-con); Tommy Wilson (introduction, Ed's son); Big Jim Garver (villain, introduction); Garver's gang [Tipper; others unnamed] (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis
While impersonating Batman to impress his son, ex-con Ed Wilson is shot and gravely wounded. To protect Tommy, his son, and his father's image, Batman impersonates Wilson and eventually saves the boy from the Garver gang.

Indexer Notes

Inker credit verified by Charles Paris.

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

Schwinn Corvette / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Electric Baseball / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

American Specialty Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Son of Batman
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  2. 1. Draw Me!
    Art Instruction, Inc.
  3. 2. The Mystery of the Four Batmen!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Tootsie Roll
  5. 4. ["What's the matter, dear?"]
    Movie Mirth
  6. 5. Three Letters to Batman!
    Batman and Robin
  7. 6. ["Here is the trick which has amazed visitors..."]
    The Adventures of the Dubble Bubble Kids
  8. 7. ["I volunteer for the police band - and look what I get - a tuba!"]
    Casey the Cop
  9. 8. ["Mom asked me to mail this..."]
    Little Pete
  10. 9. The Case of the Harmless Crackpots
  11. 10. The Son of Batman!
    Batman and Robin
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Schwinn Corvette
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Electric Baseball
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    American Specialty Co.
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
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