([October 2022])

DC, 2022 Series
Published in English (United States) United States
 
Price
6.99 USD
Pages
68
On-sale Date
2022-08-23
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Ages 13+
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics
Brand
DC [circle and serifs]
Barcode
761941377889 00111
Printer
Transcontinental Printing Interweb Montreal
Editing
Vin Sullivan (credited as Vincent A. Sullivan) (original editor); ? (reprint editor)
Color
color
Dimensions
standard Modern Age US
Paper Stock
glossy cover; newsprint interiors
Binding
saddle-stitched
Publishing Format
one-shot

Issue Notes

Facsimile reproduction of Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #27 May 1939 issue (first appearance of Batman), including the cover, story, text pages, and advertisements from the original issue. Modern DC logo, barcode, and age rating have been added to the cover.

The interior paper stock is a lightweight newsprint similar to that of the original issue.
This issue has variants:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Starting this issue: The amazing and unique adventures of The Batman!
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Reprints
Keywords
bat rope; revolvers

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

Crime Never Pays / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Bullets betray no less than fingerprints...
Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Helen Blixt; Luke May
Reprints
Keywords
forensic ballistics; habeas corpus

Indexer Notes

On the inside front cover. Seven separate panels.

The Case of the Chemical Syndicate (Table of Contents: 2)

Batman / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed as Rob't Kane)
Inks
Bob Kane (signed as Rob't Kane)
Colors
?
Letters
Bob Kane

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The home of Commissioner Gordon, who at the moment is entertaining his young socialite friend, Bruce Wayne.
Feature Logo
The Bat-Man
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Bat-Man [Bruce Wayne] (introduction); Commissioner James Gordon (introduction); Mr. Lambert (introduction, death); Mel Lambert (introduction); Lambert's son (unnamed in this story); unnamed Police Sergeant (introduction); Steven Crane (introduction, death); Crane's butler (introduction); Paul Rogers (introduction); Alfred Stryker (villain, introduction, death); Jennings (villain, introduction, Stryker's assistant)
Synopsis
In his first case, the Bat-Man investigates the murder of a chemical tycoon, discovering that one of his partners murdered him to steal the secret contracts that would leave him as the sole owner of the Apex Chemical Corporation.
Reprints
Keywords
Apex Chemical Corporation; New York City; Wayne Manor

Indexer Notes

Named "The Bat-Man" in the story.

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

Tenderfoot / comic story / 0.75 page (report information)

Script
Charles Biro ?
Pencils
Charles Biro (signed as Bipo [sic])
Inks
Charles Biro (signed as Bipo [sic])
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Good-night, boys - now don't forget your good deeds!
Genre
humor; children
Synopsis
A young boy scout discovers a lost youngster, attempts to help him find his way home, but gets lost in the process himself!
Reprints

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

Rosati Accordions / advertisement / 0.25 page (report information)

The Killers of Kurdistan (Table of Contents: 5)

Speed Saunders / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Fred Guardineer (credited)
Inks
Fred Guardineer (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
Fred Guardineer

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well-- what's up?
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Speed Saunders; Tom (Trelawney's friend, death); Trelawney (death); Trelawney's maid; The Veiled Prophetress of the Killers of Kurdistan (villain); Killers of Kurdistan (villains, one dies)
Synopsis
Speed investigates the murder of two men, on one of whom the killers left the symbol of a red crescent. This is the symbol of the Kurdistan Killers, a sect that both men belonged to but refused to kill for.
Reprints

Bullet Bluff (Table of Contents: 6)

Buck Marshall / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Homer Fleming (credited as H. Fleming)
Pencils
Homer Fleming (credited as H. Fleming)
Inks
Homer Fleming (credited as H. Fleming)
Colors
? (red tones)
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Buck Marshall, Range Detective, loosens his six-gun in its holster as he hears the rapid tattoo of pony hoofs on the stony bottom of the valley trail--
Genre
adventure; western-frontier
Characters
Buck Marshall; The Sheriff; Matt Doyle (Box K Ranch worker); Jerry Kane (Box K Ranch owner, death); Pepper (Buck's horse); The Terror [Jack Stark] (villain)
Synopsis
Buck investigates the death of a ranch owner, in which a black empty cartridge is left behind as a clue to the killer.
Reprints
Keywords
Box K Ranch

Indexer Notes

Story printed in red, white and black only.

[The Mysterious Murders] (Table of Contents: 7)

Spy / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (credited)
Pencils
Wayne Boring (ghosted for Joe Shuster)
Inks
Wayne Boring (ghosted for Joe Shuster)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
A dinner is thrown into pandemonium when its guest of honor, Congressman Sneed, head of a commitee investigating unamerican activities clutches his side.
Genre
adventure; spy; detective-mystery
Characters
Bart Regan; Congressman Sneed (death); Congressman Little (death); Congressman Booker; Congressman Stoker; unnamed spy (villain, death)
Synopsis
Bart investigates the deaths of members of a Committee on un-American activities that were killed by an explosive capsule hidden in their bananas.
Reprints

[Murder on the Oceanic Line Docks] (Table of Contents: 8)

The Crimson Avenger / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jim Chambers ?
Pencils
Jim Chambers (credited)
Inks
Jim Chambers (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Feared by the underworld and hunted by the police, the Crimson carries on the work of befriending the helpless.
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Crimson Avenger [Lee Travis]; Wing; Abe Gold (night club owner, death); unnamed hospital nurse (death); Frank (villain); Mike Moran (villain); Mac; unnamed police chief
Synopsis
The Crimson Avenger tracks down a killer who murdered Abe Gold for welshing on a $100,000 bet.
Reprints

Death on the Airwaves (Table of Contents: 9)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox (credited as Paul Dean)
Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The large and spacious Studio A, of the Federal Broadcasting System, was filled with an appreciative audience.
Genre
crime
Characters
Richard Drew (death); President Benson; Captain Richard Byrne; Brian DeAngelo (villain); Elaine Rutland; Eddie Dorson
Synopsis
Captain Byrne tracks down a revengeful killer who was once spurned in regards to a radio audition.
Reprints
Keywords
Federal Broadcasting Company

Indexer Notes

There are two illustrated advertisements found on the two pages: one for Daisy Air Rifles, the other by the Crowell Publishing Company.

[The New Orleans Mardi Gras Murder, Part 1] (Table of Contents: 10)

Bruce Nelson / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Tom Hickey (credited) (signed as TH)
Pencils
Tom Hickey (credited) (signed as TH)
Inks
Tom Hickey (credited) (signed as TH)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Boy! New Orleans at Mardi Gras time. This is something I've always wanted to see.
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Bruce Nelson; Ed Lane (a detective); Lili Grauet (death)
Synopsis
Bruce begins his investigation of the death of a young woman due to black magic.
Reprints
Keywords
French Quarter; New Orleans; voodoo

Indexer Notes

Hickey also signed the story as "TH."

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

The Mysterious Doctor Fu Manchu! / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Leo O'Mealia; Sax Rohmer (credited) (original author)
Pencils
Leo O'Mealia
Inks
Leo O'Mealia
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You would be a dead man now if it were not for your friend in China...
Genre
adventure; crime
Characters
Rev. J. D. Eltham; Greba Eltham; Sir Dennis Nayland Smith; Vernon Denby; Dr. Petrie; Dr. Fu Manchu (villain); Caesar (dog)
Synopsis
Fu Manchu attempts to kill Greba Eltham, all in an attempt to keep Rev. Eltham from going back to China.
Reprints
Keywords
Nan Yang; Redmoat

Indexer Notes

The strip appeared in newspapers in 1930 and 1931.

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

Flatfoot Flannigan / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Paul Gustavson (credited as Gustavson)
Pencils
Paul Gustavson (credited as Gustavson)
Inks
Paul Gustavson (credited as Gustavson)
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Calling all cars -- calling all cars -- bank robbery on Main and Center Streets!
Genre
humor
Characters
Flannigan
Synopsis
Flannigan is sent out on a bank robbery, but stops for a red light so he won't get a ticket!
Reprints

[Danzig Marks Anniversary] (Table of Contents: 13)

Stamp Collectors' Corner / text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The Free City of Danzig, located about 250 miles from Berlin, has been a most important commercial city of central Europe for centuries, but at the moment its political importance is overshadowing all others claims of distinction.
Characters
Stephen Bathory
Reprints
Keywords
Nicaragua; Prussia

Indexer Notes

Page includes several small ads from stamps dealers.

[Illegal Aliens] (Table of Contents: 14)

Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Sven Elven ?
Pencils
Sven Elven
Inks
Sven Elven
Colors
? (red tones)
Letters
Sven Elven

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Cosmo is called to Immigration Headquarters.
Genre
adventure; crime
Characters
Cosmo [Fo Lee]; Carg (Immigration HQ official); Mike Donovan (Policeman); Yen Lo (villain); Kwan Joy Lo (villain)
Synopsis
Cosmo is placed on a case involving the illegal smuggling of Chinese into America.
Reprints
Keywords
Chinatown; Oshi Pai Shipping

Indexer Notes

Story printed in red, white and black only.

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

Plain Clothes Pete / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Pete, Louie th' Louse is operatin' 'round here again!
Genre
humor; detective-mystery
Characters
Pete; Joe; Louie th' Louse (villain)
Synopsis
Pete and Joe try to discover the whereabouts of the hideout of notorious criminal Louie th' Louse.
Reprints

[The Murderer on Vacation] (Table of Contents: 16)

Slam Bradley / comic story / 9 pages (report information)

Script
Jerry Siegel (credited)
Pencils
Joe Shuster (credited)
Inks
Joe Shuster (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Out joy-riding, to relax from the tension of manhunting, Slam Bradley, tough private detective, and his partner pal, Shorty Morgan, find the ride no pleasure when a hurtling sedan forces them off the road, as it whizzes by at a terrific rate of speed!
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Slam Bradley; Shorty Morgan; Dick Kelly (death); Gale Dennis (villain); "Black Jack" Benson (villain); Nicky (villain); Helger Wetjen (villain)
Synopsis
Shorty and Slam help to find out the whereabouts of a Federal agent who disappeared after trailing an escaped felon to Switzerland.
Reprints
Keywords
skiing; Switzerland; toboggan

Indexer Notes

According to Alter Ego #112 (August 2012), Paul Cassidy did some art on this story.

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

All-American Comics; Movie Comics / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Johnson Smith & Co. Catalog / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Table of Contents
  1. 0. ["Starting this issue: The amazing and unique adventures of The Batman!"]
    Batman
  2. 1. ["Bullets betray no less than fingerprints..."]
    Crime Never Pays
  3. 2. The Case of the Chemical Syndicate
    Batman
  4. 3. ["Good-night, boys - now don't forget your good deeds!"]
    Tenderfoot
  5. 4. ["John, Mildred and Frank are excused for orchestra reherseal."]
    Rosati Accordions
  6. 5. The Killers of Kurdistan
    Speed Saunders
  7. 6. Bullet Bluff
    Buck Marshall
  8. 7. [The Mysterious Murders]
    Spy
  9. 8. [Murder on the Oceanic Line Docks]
    The Crimson Avenger
  10. 9. Death on the Airwaves
  11. 10. [The New Orleans Mardi Gras Murder, Part 1]
    Bruce Nelson
  12. 11. ["You would be a dead man now if it were not for your friend in China..."]
    The Mysterious Doctor Fu Manchu!
  13. 12. ["Calling all cars -- calling all cars -- bank robbery on Main and Center Streets!"]
    Flatfoot Flannigan
  14. 13. [Danzig Marks Anniversary]
    Stamp Collectors' Corner
  15. 14. [Illegal Aliens]
    Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise
  16. 15. ["Pete, Louie th' Louse is operatin' 'round here again!"]
    Plain Clothes Pete
  17. 16. [The Murderer on Vacation]
    Slam Bradley
  18. 17. ["Thanks, boys and girls of America..."]
    All-American Comics; Movie Comics
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Johnson Smith & Co. Catalog
This issue was modified by
  • John Monagle
  • Jim Stangas
  • Jim Van Dore