Batman #5
(Spring 1941)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
quarterly
On-sale date:
1941-04-16
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 copyright registration. On-sale date of April 15 in ad in Detective Comics #51.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Bob Kane (signed)
Colors:
?

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

Indexer Notes

The cover is roughly taken from Batman #4's last story splash.

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

Wilson Chem Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Riddle of the Missing Card! (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]; The Joker (villain); Jack of Diamonds [Diamond Jack Duggan] (villain, introduction, death); Black Queen (villain, introduction, death); King of Clubs (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
With the help of some new partners in crime, the Joker sets up a gambling ship for the rich and wealthy, hoping to get them drunk so that they can be pumped for information about their valuable jewels.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Batmobile; belt radio

Indexer Notes

Inker credits verified by Robinson and Roussos. Letterer credit verified by Roussos.

Oddity: Many panels in the story feature no bat on Batman's chest.

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

True-isms.. / cartoon / 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:
New York University has the largest enrollment...
Genre:
non-fiction

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

Quiz Box / cartoon / 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:
1. What is the oldest inhabited city in the world?
Genre:
non-fiction

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

Sports Shorts / 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:
The center of a standard baseball...
Genre:
non-fiction; sports

World's Best Value! (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

World's Best Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

Book of Enchantment (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]; Professor Anderson (inventor); Enid Anderson (the Professor's daughter); Father Time; Simple Simon; Humpty Dumpty; Gruel the Black Witch (villain); Burn (villain, the Man of Fire, death); Freeze (villain, the Man of Ice, death); a dragon (villain, death); a cyclops (villain); a giant (villain)
Synopsis:
Batman and Robin are sent to Fairyland by an inventor's strange machine that allows people to actually enter into the scenario of a book they are reading in order to try to locate his daughter he had sent there a few days earlier and return her safely.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Fairyland

Indexer Notes

Inker credits verified by Robinson and Roussos. Letterer credit verified by Roussos.

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

Jungle Fun / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Bill Carney (signed)
Inks:
Bill Carney (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
Gee! We can't slide down today!
Genre:
humor

The "Big Six" Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field! (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

The Case of the Honest Crook! (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]; Joseph Sands (introduction); Ann Sands [nee Ann Davis] (Joe's wife, introduction); un-named shopkeeper; un-named doctor; Smiley Sikes (villain, introduction); Matty Link (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Batman helps out a young convict released from prison who is having trouble getting an honest job to support his new, but sick wife. The Caped Crusaders then vow to help track down the rats who set him up to be arrested originally, but Robin is nearly beaten to death, and the Batman swears vengeance on those responsible.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Batmobile

Indexer Notes

Inker credits verified by Robinson and Roussos. Letterer credit verified by Roussos.

The Justice Society of America Proudly Presents All-Star No. 5! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

Too Much Knowledge (Table of Contents: 12)

text story / 1.5 pages (report information)

Script:
Clem Gordon (credited)
Pencils:
Cliff Young (signed)
Inks:
Cliff Young (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

Here's That Man Again! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

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

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

Jest Jokin' / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Ray McGill (signed)
Pencils:
Ray McGill (signed)
Inks:
Ray McGill (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ray McGill ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
I sent him a singing telegram for his first birthday...
Genre:
humor

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 15)

Curios.. / cartoon / 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:
The largest pyramid was built by Cheops...
Genre:
non-fiction

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

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

[Crime Does Not Pay] (Table of Contents: 17)

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 Trigger Burns]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Linda Page (introduction); Mrs. Grogan (Tommy's mother); Tommy Grogan; Mike Grogan (villain, Tommy's brother, introduction, death); Joe (villain)
Synopsis:
Batman finds it very odd that a bank robber he is fighting with comes to the aid of another until he realizes that they are brothers. And he must rescue Linda Page from the clutches of one of the gangsters in order to save his brother from a life of crime.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Batmobile

Indexer Notes

This is the first appearance of Linda Page, who gave up her role as a society girl to become a nurse to help people. She appears occasionally over the next couple of years as a girlfriend for Bruce Wayne, but always wishing that he could make something of his life and be more like Batman.

Inker credits verified by Robinson and Roussos. Letterer credit verified by Roussos.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18) (Expand) /

Spencer Fireworks Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

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

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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Wilson Chem Co.
  3. 2. The Riddle of the Missing Card!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  4. 3. ["New York University has the largest enrollment..."]
    True-isms..
  5. 4. ["1. What is the oldest inhabited city in the world?"]
    Quiz Box
  6. 5. ["The center of a standard baseball..."]
    Sports Shorts
  7. 6. World's Best Value!
    World's Best Comics
  8. 7. Book of Enchantment
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  9. 8. ["Gee! We can't slide down today!"]
    Jungle Fun
  10. 9. The "Big Six" Comic Magazines Still Lead the Field!
  11. 10. The Case of the Honest Crook!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  12. 11. The Justice Society of America Proudly Presents All-Star No. 5!
    All-Star Comics
  13. 12. Too Much Knowledge
  14. 13. Here's That Man Again!
    Superman
  15. 14. ["I sent him a singing telegram for his first birthday..."]
    Jest Jokin'
  16. 15. ["The largest pyramid was built by Cheops..."]
    Curios..
  17. 16. ["Clear the way..."]
    Detective Comics
  18. 17. [Crime Does Not Pay]
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Spencer Fireworks Co.
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Home Recording Co.
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
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