Batman #12
(August-September 1942)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1942-06-06
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Detective Comics Inc.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited as F. W. Ellsworth) (editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration. On-sale date of June 10 in ad in Detective Comics #65.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

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

Pencils
Jerry Robinson
Inks
Jerry Robinson; George Roussos
Colors
?
Letters
George Roussos

First Line of Dialogue or Text
War savings bonds and stamps keep 'em rolling!
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Reprints
Keywords
jeeps

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Jerry Robinson. Roussos inker credit by Craig Delich with Roussos verifing that he did the typography and hand-lettering for the cover.

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

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

Kit Carson: Trail Blazer and Scout (Table of Contents: 2)

Good Books Worth Reading / text article / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
Josette Frank (credited)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The story of Kit Carson's life is a...

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Review of 1942 book "Kit Carson: Trail Blazer and Scout" by Shannon Garst. The printed review misspells the author's name, giving it as "Shannon Zarst."

Brothers in Crime! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Don C. Cameron
Pencils
Jerry Robinson (signed as Bob Kane)
Inks
Jerry Robinson (signed as Bob Kane); George Roussos (backgrounds)
Colors
?
Letters
George Roussos

Feature Logo
Batman with Robin
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Rafferty Brothers [Peter (death); Steve (death); Mike (death)] (villains)
Synopsis
While visiting their trophy room, the Caped Crusaders come across a bullet-proof vest, a keepsake from a case involving the Rafferty Brothers, who unwittingly implicated their brother Peter in a murder.
Reprints
Keywords
Batmobile; Daily News; Hall of Trophies

Indexer Notes

Penciler and inker credits verified by Robinson, background and lettering credits verified by Roussos.

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

Kool-Aid / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

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

Buddy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Storm
Inks
George Storm
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gosh! There goes the dog catcher!
Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Buddy

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

Gee-Man / comic story / 0.5 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
Hold still - I'm on th' trail of a Fifth Columnist...
Genre
humor
Characters
Gee-Man

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

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

The Wizard of Words! (Table of Contents: 8)

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

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

Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [40's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; un-namewd banker; un-named District Attorney; un-named Mayor; the Joker (villain); Slapsy (villain)
Synopsis
Batman must once again battle the Harlequin of Hate, who, this time, decides to carry out, word for word, the slang words that people use every day in order to commit his crimes.
Reprints
Keywords
Batmobile; Batplane

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Martin O'Hearn, inker credit verified by Robinson, and letterer credit verified by Roussos.

Now on Sale (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

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

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

Windy Watkins / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Russell Cole (signed as Alger)
Pencils
Russell Cole (signed as Alger)
Inks
Russell Cole (signed as Alger)
Colors
?
Letters
Russell Cole

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I'll never forget the battle o' Pomme de Terre Valley in th' last war!
Genre
humor
Characters
Windy Watkins

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich.

They Thrill to Conquer! (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Jack Burnley (signed as Bob Kane)
Inks
Jack Burnley (signed as Bob Kane); Ray Burnley (backgrounds)
Colors
?
Letters
Betty Bentley

Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [40's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Ben "Fearless" Ford (stunt man); Nan Ford Ben's wife); Tommy Ford (Ben and Nan's son); Joe Kirk (villain); Duke (villain)
Synopsis
Batman must battle a gang of criminals who are trying to blackmail professional stuntmen.
Reprints
Keywords
Batplane

Indexer Notes

Script, art and lettering credits confirmed by Jack Burnley.

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

Gags / 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
Have the picture end by the tree!
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

3 gags.

Honest Injun! (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

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

Murder Rap (Table of Contents: 14)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Sam Case (credited)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Ed Swain sauntered through the busy city room, with...
Genre
adventure; crime
Characters
Ed Swain; Jane Winters; Fats Martin
Keywords
Blue Penguin

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

Busy Bill the Bill Collector / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Storm
Inks
George Storm
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Payments?...Bah!
Genre
humor
Characters
Busy Bill; Pudge

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

Funnyboners / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Have you got any nickle erasers?
Genre
humor
Characters
Jipsum; Gasket

Indexer Notes

6 gags.

The Big Eight! (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

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

Around the Clock with the Batman! (Table of Contents: 18)

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

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

Feature Logo
Batman with Robin
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; un-named Mayor of Gotham City; Mr. Hodge (art connoisseur); Frankie (little boy with infantile paralysis); Margie (villain); "Heist" Andrews (villain)
Synopsis
Gotham City celebrates "Batman Day", honoring all of the Caped Crusader's amazing accomplishments. And the events leading up to that day also helps Bruce Wayne complete the last chapter of a book he is writing.
Reprints
Keywords
Batmobile; Batplane; Gotham City

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Martin O'Hearn, inker credit verified by Robinson, and letterer credit verified by Roussos.

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

public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A special message to the boys and girls of America from Henry Morgenthau, Jr. - Secretary of the Treasury!

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

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

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["War savings bonds and stamps keep 'em rolling!"]
    Batman and Robin
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. Kit Carson: Trail Blazer and Scout
    Good Books Worth Reading
  4. 3. Brothers in Crime!
    Batman and Robin
  5. 4. ["Children, I'm proud of you for donating so generously to..."]
    Kool-Aid
  6. 5. ["Gosh! There goes the dog catcher!"]
    Buddy
  7. 6. ["Hold still - I'm on th' trail of a Fifth Columnist..."]
    Gee-Man
  8. 7. [no title indexed]
    Detective Comics
  9. 8. The Wizard of Words!
    Batman and Robin
  10. 9. Now on Sale
  11. 10. ["I'll never forget the battle o' Pomme de Terre Valley in th' last war!"]
    Windy Watkins
  12. 11. They Thrill to Conquer!
    Batman and Robin
  13. 12. ["Have the picture end by the tree!"]
    Gags
  14. 13. Honest Injun!
    World's Finest Comics
  15. 14. Murder Rap
  16. 15. ["Payments?...Bah!"]
    Busy Bill the Bill Collector
  17. 16. ["Have you got any nickle erasers?"]
    Funnyboners
  18. 17. The Big Eight!
  19. 18. Around the Clock with the Batman!
    Batman and Robin
  20. 19. ["A special message to the boys and girls of America from Henry Morgenthau, Jr. - Secretary of the Treasury!"]
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
This issue was modified by, among others
  • Katie
  • Craig Delich
  • Gregory Fischer
  • Del Gruber
  • Merlin Haas
  • Jan Roar Hansen
  • Matthew Head
  • Jerry Hillegas (R.I.P.)
  • Matthew Peets
  • Mike Quilligan
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Per Sandell
  • Ramon Schenk
  • Jim Stangas
  • Jim Van Dore