Batman #8
(December 1941-January 1942)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
68
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1941-10-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman 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 October 10 in ad in Detective Comics #57.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils:
Fred Ray
Inks:
Jerry Robinson
Colors:
?

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

Indexer Notes

Penciler credits verified by Fred Ray and Jack Burnley; inker credits verified by Fred Ray and Jerry Robinson.

Another Message to Our Readers (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Stone Walls Do Not a Prison Make (Table of Contents: 2)

Batman with Robin / 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 Paul "Killer" Sikes]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Warden Higgins; Russo's lawyer; Big Mike Russo (villain, introduction); Al [as Warden Higgins] (villain); Trigger Sherman (villain)
Synopsis:
From prison, Big Mike Russo is able to have his gang kidnap the warden, replace him and the guards with a look alike, then use the prison as a base of operations to commit crimes while providing alibis to those committing them! Batman figures that the only way to uncover this scenario is to get put in prison himself, a move that almost costs him his life in the gas chamber!
Reprints:
Keywords:
belt radio; Daily Star; Gotham City

Indexer Notes

Inker verified by Jerry Robinson, background inker and lettering verified by George Roussos.

The Winning Team! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

Superman Is in the Movies! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

The Adventures of Superman / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Rescue Mission (Table of Contents: 5)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
John Hilton (credited)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

The Strange Case of Professor Radium! (Table of Contents: 6)

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

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

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; unnamed Coroner; Johnston (Ross' assistant, introduction, death); Mary Lamont (Ross's fiance, introduction, death); Mary's Maid (introduction); Professor Radium [Professor Henry Ross] (villain, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
A scientist finds a way to use radium to bring the dead back to life, and he uses himself as a guinea pig. Although the experiments are successful, the Professor pays dearly for his discovery, for, in the end, as Batman says, it has created a Frankenstein monster when it was only meant for good.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Volitell

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Martin O'Hearn, inker credits verified by Jerry Robinson, and background inks and lettering verified by George Roussos.

Batman faced Professor Radium in the Batman daily newspaper strip September 23, 1946 - November 2, 1946. It was written by Bill Finger, penciled by Bob Kane, inked by Charles Paris, and lettered by Ira Schnapp.

Out in Front! (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

Star Spangled Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

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

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

Chief Hot Foot / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
Tonight's big drawing... lottum dough at stake!
Genre:
humor
Characters:
Chief Hot Foot

The Superstition Murders! (Table of Contents: 10)

Batman with Robin / 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; Banks (writer); Fred Brooks (show financer, death); Miss Francine (death); Paul Mett; Johnny Glim (villain, play author, introduction)
Synopsis:
The cast of a stage production decides to have a "superstition" party, intentionally carrying out every well-known superstition they can think of. But when one of them is killed, Batman and Robin enter the fray to single out the perpetrator of the deed.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Daily Ray

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Martin O'Hearn, inker credit verified by Jerry Robinson, and background and lettering credits verified by George Roussos.

The "Big Six" Now Becomes the "Big Seven" (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

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

Pokey Beezer / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Joe Gallagher ?
Inks:
Joe Gallagher ?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
Hello, Chief! What's cooking?
Genre:
humor
Characters:
Pokey Beezer

Action Stuff (Table of Contents: 13)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Eric Carter (credited)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

The Cross Country Crimes! (Table of Contents: 14)

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 I. Namtab]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; G. Henry Mover (F.B.I. head); John (play writer); The Joker (villain)
Synopsis:
The Caped Crusaders are invited to Washington D.C. to meet with the head of the FBI, but the Joker shows up and shoots the G-Man. Then he heads out cross country to commit crimes, challenging the Batman to catch up with him.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Delaware; Kansas; New Jersey; Ohio; Rhode Island; Washington D.C.

Indexer Notes

Inker credits confirmed by Jerry Robinson, background inker and letterer credits verified by George Roussos.

Choose Your Prize (Table of Contents: 15) (Expand) /

American Specialty Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Metro Publications / 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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Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman with Robin
  2. 1. Another Message to Our Readers
  3. 2. Stone Walls Do Not a Prison Make
    Batman with Robin
  4. 3. The Winning Team!
    Detective Comics
  5. 4. Superman Is in the Movies!
    The Adventures of Superman
  6. 5. Rescue Mission
  7. 6. The Strange Case of Professor Radium!
    Batman with Robin
  8. 7. Out in Front!
    Star Spangled Comics
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Adventure Comics
  10. 9. ["Tonight's big drawing... lottum dough at stake!"]
    Chief Hot Foot
  11. 10. The Superstition Murders!
    Batman with Robin
  12. 11. The "Big Six" Now Becomes the "Big Seven"
  13. 12. ["Hello, Chief! What's cooking?"]
    Pokey Beezer
  14. 13. Action Stuff
  15. 14. The Cross Country Crimes!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  16. 15. Choose Your Prize
    American Specialty Co.
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Metro Publications
  18. 17. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
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