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)

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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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