Batman #164
(June 1964)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price
0.12 USD
Pages
36
Indicia Frequency
monthly, with the exception of Jan., April, July and Oct.
On-sale date
1964-04-16
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
Superman DC National Comics
Editing
Julius Schwartz
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 ad in Sea Devils #17 and copyright registration.

First "New Look."


Two-Way Gem Caper! (Table of Contents)

Batman; Robin / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

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

Indexer Notes

Editor Julius Schwartz's pay records have Bob Kane on pencils. However, it is known that Bob Kane contracted the artwork out to Sheldon Moldoff.

Are You a Good Neighbor? (Table of Contents: 1)

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Schiff
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
advocacy

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

Two-Way Gem Caper! (Table of Contents: 2)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 13.34 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Herron
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; The Hootenanny Hotshots (folk singers); Mr. Dabblo (villain); Dabblo's accomplice (villain)
Synopsis
Batman discovers a plot to waylay a group of folk singers in order to perpetrate the theft of a pearl from a museum, and eventually nabs the villain after foiling a trap set for the criminal.
Reprints
Keywords
Bat-Cave; Batmobile; Gotham City; Hot-Line; Wayne Mansion

Indexer Notes

Story in two parts of 7.67 and 5.67 pages.

Script credit from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #167. Editor Julius Schwartz's pay records have Bob Kane on pencils. However, it is known that Bob Kane contracted the artwork out to Sheldon Moldoff.

This story introduces several new elements to the "New Look" Batman. Batman has redesigned the Bat-Cave with an automatic elevator leading to Wayne Manor. The Batmobile has also been redesigned into a sports car. The Bat-Cave exit is no longer a barn, it is now a hidden door on a hillside and leads to the highway.

Batman also uses a Hot-Line phone which links the Batmobile (later on the Bat-Cave, too) to Commissioner Gordon's office. Gordon's physical appearance also looks younger and slimmer than prior appearances.

Watch for the First 80 Page Superboy Annual! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Giant Superboy Annual / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Emerging from His Cloak of Shadows (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Showcase; I -- Spy! / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

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

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

The Flash; Hawkman / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Ancient Crime-Detection Methods! (Table of Contents: 7)

cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
non-fiction
Reprints

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

Letters to the Bat-Cave / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Batman's Great Face-Saving Feat! (Table of Contents: 9)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 11.67 pages (report information)

Script
Ed Herron
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Mystery Analysts of Gotham City [Prof. Ralph Vern; Art Saddows; Kaye Daye; Martin Tellman; Commissioner James Gordon] (introduction); District Attorney Danton (not named in the story); Hugh Rankin (private investigator); The Trapeze Ten (flashback)
Synopsis
A private investigator seeks to join the Mystery Analysts, but is blackballed by Batman for a very specific reason.
Reprints
Keywords
Gotham City

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #167. Editor Julius Schwartz's pay records have Bob Kane on pencils (as does the reprint in Batman #240). However, it is known that Bob Kane contracted the artwork out to Sheldon Moldoff.

The disguise Batman creates for himself has more than a passing resemblance to editor Julius Schwartz.

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

Detective Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

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

Palisades Amusement Park / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

100 Magnets / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

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

126 World War II Fighting G.I.'s and Commandos / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Mike Marvel System / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Fighting Ships / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Two-Way Gem Caper!
    Batman; Robin
  2. 1. Are You a Good Neighbor?
  3. 2. Two-Way Gem Caper!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  4. 3. Watch for the First 80 Page Superboy Annual!
    Giant Superboy Annual
  5. 4. Emerging from His Cloak of Shadows
    Showcase; I -- Spy!
  6. 5. ["Be first in your neighborhood to read each issue..."]
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    The Flash; Hawkman
  8. 7. Ancient Crime-Detection Methods!
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Letters to the Bat-Cave
  10. 9. Batman's Great Face-Saving Feat!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  11. 10. [no title indexed]
    Detective Comics
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Palisades Amusement Park
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    100 Magnets
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    126 World War II Fighting G.I.'s and Commandos
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Mike Marvel System
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Fighting Ships
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