Batman #2 [Canadian Pricing]
(Summer 1940)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.15 CAD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
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

This issue is a variant of Batman (DC, 1940 series) #2.


[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 Joker Meets the Cat-Woman] (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]; Commissioner James Gordon; E. S. Arthur (wealthy gem collector, death); Johnny (newsboy); Catwoman [Selina Kyle] (villain); the Crime Syndicate, Inc. [The Joker; Weasel; Mugface; Circus Charlie (poses as Batman, death); others un-named] (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
Learning the Joker is hospitalized with wounds, the members of the Crime Syndicate make plans to rescue him to lead their mob again. But the Joker has planned a double-cross and the appearance of the Cat-Woman complicates matters.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Bat-Plane; Gotham City; Pharoah's Gems; The Herald; Vesalius Hospital

Indexer Notes

Inker credits verified by Robinson and Roussos, letterer credit confirmed by Roussos.

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

Young Mr. Olds / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
There is is again - That pesterin' toothache...
Genre:
humor
Characters:
Mr. Olds

[Wolf, the Crime Master] (Table of Contents: 4)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Cyrus Craig (museum owner); Adam Lamb [aka Wolf] (villain, Craig's museum custodian, introduction, death); the Wolf's gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
By an unfortunate accident, Adam Lamb becomes a psychological Jekyll and Hyde at midnight each evening, only to revert to his mild-mannered self during the day.
Reprints:
Keywords:
smoke pellet; utility belt

Indexer Notes

Background inker and letterer credits verified by Robinson.

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

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

America's Greatest Adventure Character! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

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

A Very Simple Case (Table of Contents: 7)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
David Tree (credited)
Pencils:
Raymond Perry
Inks:
Raymond Perry
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

[The Case of the Clubfoot Murders] (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed); Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
? (pp. 1-2); Jerry Robinson (pp. 3-13)

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Harley Storme (millionaire, death); Portia (Harley Storme's niece); Abel Storme (Harley's brother, death); Carl Storme (Harley's brother); Roger Storme (Harley's son, death); Clubfoot (introduction); Ward [as Clubfoot] (villain, the Storme family lawyer); Varrick (villain, gambler, introduction); Tommy (villain, Varrick's partner)
Synopsis:
The contents of a strange will leave each of the heirs with strange tokens with inscriptions on them, not realizing that, if they are all united, the tokens will reveal the location of a gold mine.
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Background inker and letterer credits verified by Robinson.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

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

Little Billy Pelican / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Hal Sherman [as Hal]
Inks:
Hal Sherman [as Hal]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
Now, Billy, I'm going to leave you alone...
Genre:
anthropomorphic-funny animals
Characters:
Billy Pelican

[Jenghiz Khan] (Table of Contents: 11)

Fantastic Facts / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
George Papp
Pencils:
George Papp [as Geo. Papp] (signed)
Inks:
George Papp [as Geo. Papp] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

[The Case of the Missing Link] (Table of Contents: 12)

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]; Professor Drake (death); Goliath (prehistoric man, death); pygmies (villains, some die); Hackett (villain, circus owner, introduction); Snead (villain, circus owner, introduction); Grimes (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Professor Drake brings back from Africa a "missing link" whom he intends to civilize, for the benefit of all civilization. But he learns, as do the Caped Crusaders, that sometimes men act more like beasts than someone like Goliath!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Star; Hackett and Snead Circus

Indexer Notes

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

Look! The New 1940 Edition! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

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

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

His Royal Highness / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Hal Sherman
Pencils:
Hal Sherman [as Sherman]
Inks:
Hal Sherman [as Sherman]
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
Oh woe is me! Always something to worry about!
Genre:
humor

The "Big Six" Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field! (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

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

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

Remington Rand / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

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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 Joker Meets the Cat-Woman]
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  4. 3. ["There is is again - That pesterin' toothache..."]
    Young Mr. Olds
  5. 4. [Wolf, the Crime Master]
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  6. 5. ["For swell vacation reading, don't miss these two!"]
    All-Star Comics; Mutt & Jeff
  7. 6. America's Greatest Adventure Character!
    Superman
  8. 7. A Very Simple Case
  9. 8. [The Case of the Clubfoot Murders]
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  10. 9. ["The Batman appears in a complete episode..."]
    Detective Comics
  11. 10. ["Now, Billy, I'm going to leave you alone..."]
    Little Billy Pelican
  12. 11. [Jenghiz Khan]
    Fantastic Facts
  13. 12. [The Case of the Missing Link]
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  14. 13. Look! The New 1940 Edition!
    New York World's Fair Comics
  15. 14. ["Oh woe is me! Always something to worry about!"]
    His Royal Highness
  16. 15. The "Big Six" Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field!
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Remington Rand
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
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