Batman #4
(Winter 1941)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia frequency
quarterly
On-sale date
1941-01-15
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand
A DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth [as F. W. Ellsworth] (credited)
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. On-sale date of January 13 in ad in Detective Comics #48. Ellsworth credited in statement of ownership.


[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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
More whirlwind adventures of Batman and Robin
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inker credit verified by Robinson.

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

Johnson Smith & Company / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder (Table of Contents: 2)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; The Joker; Clayface [Basil Karlo]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Inks credits verified by Robinson and Roussos.

Collage of 6 panels from various stories and center montage of Batman and Robin.

The Case of the Joker's Crime Circus! (Table of Contents: 3)

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]; C. R. Darcey; Mr. Morganbilt; The Joker (villain); the Crime Circus (villains)
Synopsis
The Joker organizes a crime circus that performs at the homes of wealthy patrons to size up the joint, then later robs them.
Reprints
Keywords
Gotham City; Gotham City Gazette

Indexer Notes

Inker credit verified by Robinson; background inker credit verified by Roussos.

Every Month! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

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

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

Oddities... / cartoon / 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
There is a desert in New England...
Genre
non-fiction

Here You Are, Fans! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

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

False Alarms / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Lou Paige [as G. Paige] (signed)
Inks
Lou Paige [as G. Paige] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Louisville, Ky. -- A motorist, whose car was on fire, drove...
Genre
humor

Blackbeard's Crew and the Yacht Society (Table of Contents: 8)

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]; Mr. Horn; Stanley (Horn's Secretary); Elaine; Mr. Cowden; Henry; un-named Yacht Captain (death); Blackbeard [Thatch] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
When an exclusive yacht is taken over by a band of pirates led by the immortal Blackbeard himself, the Batman and Robin come aboard to swab the decks with them.
Reprints
Keywords
Batplane

Indexer Notes

Inks credits verified by Robinson and Roussos; letters credit verified by Roussos.

Here's What You've Been Waiting For - All Star No. 4! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

All-Star Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

[Public Enemy No. 1] (Table of Contents: 10)

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]; Jimmy "Red" McCoy (villain, introduction, death), "Big" Costello (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis
Batman must contend with Jimmy McCoy, a young bully who claws his way up through the ranks until he becomes the overlord of crime, but ends up being deserted by his mob, hunted by the Police and killed in a gutter.
Reprints
Keywords
Authenticated News; Daily Times; New York City; Penguin Club; Tribune

Indexer Notes

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

Oddity: many panels in this story display Batman without the bat on his chest.

Panel 7 on page 11 has a partial name on a business window: "Jerry", possibly for Jerry Robinson.

Colossal! Terrific! Stupendous! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

World's Best Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

Code of the Glove (Table of Contents: 12)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script
Clem Gordon (credited)
Pencils
Raymond Perry
Inks
Raymond Perry
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
adventure

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

statement of ownership / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

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

Ginger Snap / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Kane [as Lou Reed] (signed)
Pencils
Bob Kane [as Lou Reed] (signed)
Inks
Bob Kane [as Lou Reed] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Bob Kane ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh Ginger!
Genre
humor
Characters
Ginger Snap

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

[Touchdown for Justice] (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] [also as Stockton]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Tim Bannon (Coach of the Panthers); Stockton; Stacy (villain, introduction); Stacy's mob (villains, introduction for all, all die)
Synopsis
The Caped Crusader doubles as a star football player, who has been kidnapped in order that his team will lose and criminals will gain big time from the bets they have made.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

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

The splash to this story became the cover for Batman #5, except that the bat on Batman's chest, evident on the splash, was not found on the cover.

Jerry Robinson's first name appears on page 1, panel 2, on a sport shop.

The "Roussos Bar" appears on page 9, in panel 3.

Batman uses a gun in this story.

Entrance into the Wayne home was accomplished by Batman entering the barn, lifting a trap door, and going down into a tunnel, and traveling through the tunnel to steps that emerged to a secret panel in the home.

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

Home Recording Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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) /

Lancaster County Seed 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. ["More whirlwind adventures of Batman and Robin"]
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Company
  3. 2. Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  4. 3. The Case of the Joker's Crime Circus!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  5. 4. Every Month!
    Detective Comics
  6. 5. ["There is a desert in New England..."]
    Oddities...
  7. 6. Here You Are, Fans!
    Superman
  8. 7. ["Louisville, Ky. -- A motorist, whose car was on fire, drove..."]
    False Alarms
  9. 8. Blackbeard's Crew and the Yacht Society
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  10. 9. Here's What You've Been Waiting For - All Star No. 4!
    All-Star Comics
  11. 10. [Public Enemy No. 1]
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  12. 11. Colossal! Terrific! Stupendous!
    World's Best Comics
  13. 12. Code of the Glove
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
  15. 14. ["Oh Ginger!"]
    Ginger Snap
  16. 15. [Touchdown for Justice]
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Home Recording Co.
  18. 17. The "Big Six" Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field!
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Lancaster County Seed Co.
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
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