Batman #254
(January-February 1974)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume:
35
Price:
0.50 USD
Pages:
100
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1973-10-23
Publisher's Age Guidelines:
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand:
DC [block]
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 Comic Reader #100.


King of the Gotham Jungle! (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Nick Cardy
Inks:
Nick Cardy
Colors:
Tatjana Wood
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
S-1640

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Batman [Dick Grayson]; Robin [Bruce Wayne, Jr.]; Man-Bat [Kirk Langstrom]; the Witch; the Grasshopper
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

Credits for pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics. Colors credit provided by Anthony Tollin.

Table of Contents (Table of Contents: 1)

Batman / table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Neal Adams
Inks:
Neal Adams
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
N-808

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]

Indexer Notes

Contents page identifies the cover artist. Batman image taken from page 21 of "The Joker's Five-Way Revenge!" from Batman #251.

King of the Gotham Jungle! (Table of Contents: 2)

Batman / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script:
Frank Robbins (credited)
Pencils:
Irv Novick (credited)
Inks:
Dick Giordano (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ben Oda
Job Number:
S-1590

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Man-Bat [Kirk Langstrom]; Commissioner James Gordon; The Getaway Genius [Roy Reynolds] (villain)
Synopsis:
The recent rash of unsolved robberies in Gotham City spurs Man-Bat to come out of retirement.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Batmobile; Gotham City

Indexer Notes

Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

The Witch and the Manuscript of Doom! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane
Inks:
Bob Kane; George Roussos (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
George Roussos
Job Number:
N-758

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
The Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Erik Dorne (writer, introduction, death); Joshua Grimm (writer, introduction); Melissa Brunt (Dorne's aunt, introduction); Jane Ware (actress, Dorne's wife, introduction); The Witch [Mr. Wright] (villain, introduction)
Synopsis:
The Batman and Robin must track down The Witch, a mysterious figure responsible for the murder of Erik Dorne and the theft of a manuscript he wrote.
Reprints:

Bullet-Hole Club (Table of Contents: 4)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script:
David Vern
Pencils:
Dick Sprang [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
N-759

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Bullet-Hole Club [Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Detective Peter Wells; Patrolman Vincent Guffy; Detective Pat Gill; Patrolman B. White; Customs Agent Howard Kiley; G-Man Terry Collins]; Joe Flint (villain, Private Detective); Pete (villain); Froggy (villain)
Synopsis:
A private detective petitions Batman and the other members of the prestigious "Bullet Hole Club" to become a member...even if he has to purposely put himself in the way of bodily harm to do it!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Bat-Signal; Wayne Mansion

Indexer Notes

Pencil credit verified by Sprang.

[Shazam Awards] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Behind the Scenes at the DC Comic World / promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

The Man Who Stole from Batman! (Table of Contents: 6)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 14.34 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner Fox (credited)
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Inks:
Joe Giella
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
N-757

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Mr. Truxton; Mrs. Truxton; The Grasshopper (villain); The Outsider [Alfred Pennyworth] (villain, voice at the end of the story)
Synopsis:
A new and unusual villain makes him presence known by stealing from the Batman: his Batmobile, Bat-a-Rang, and Bat-Boat, yet Batman can not figure out WHY he would do such a thing.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Bat-a-Rang; Bat-Boat; Bat-Cave; Batmobile

Indexer Notes

Pages 6 and 15 are 2/3-pages.

In the closing panels, we hear from the Outsider for the 1st time via telephone, but we don't see him.

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

Batman; Robin / comic story / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Irv Novick ?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
Robin and I never dreamed what sort of deviltry...
Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]

Indexer Notes

A bridging panel between stories.

The Phenomenal Memory of Luke Graham! (Table of Contents: 8)

Robin the Teen Wonder / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script:
Elliot S! Maggin [as Elliot Maggin] (credited)
Pencils:
Dick Dillin (credited)
Inks:
Murphy Anderson (credited)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
S-1609

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Robin [Dick Grayson]; Luke Graham (student at Hudson University); Professor Raymond (of Hudson University); Starly Evans (friend of Luke's, cameo); Police Sergeant Gallagher; un-named band of crooks (villains)
Synopsis:
Luke Graham needs the help of Robin the Teen Wonder to convince his college professor that a report he prepared on the Chinese iron industry was not plagiarized.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Colosseum Raceway; Hudson University

Indexer Notes

Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.

Batman Oddities! (Table of Contents: 9)

cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script:
?; Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane
Inks:
Bob Kane; Jerry Robinson
Colors:
?
Letters:
?
Job Number:
N-807

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; The Joker; Renaldo; Nick

Indexer Notes

Panels reprinted from Batman #1, Detective #41, Detective #48 and others. Writer credit from original story issues.

The Son of the Joker (Table of Contents: 10)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 9.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Sheldon Moldoff [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Inks:
Sheldon Moldoff [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Stan Starkman
Job Number:
N-800

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson; Batman]; Robin [Bruce Wayne, Jr.]; Alfred Pennyworth; Kathy Kane Wayne; Joker (villain); Son of the Joker (villain)
Synopsis:
In this imaginary story, penned by Alfred, trusted butler of Bruce Wayne, the Second Batman & Robin team run up against the Son of the Joker!
Reprints:

Indexer Notes

One of Alfred's imaginary stories. Writer credit by Martin O'Hearn.

Here Comes the Comics-Man! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Behind the Scenes at the DC Comic World / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Bat-Maze / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Bob Rozakis (credited)
Pencils:
various
Inks:
various
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Joker; Cat-Woman [Selina Kyle]; Two-Face [Harvey Dent]; Penguin [Oswald Cobblepot]; Riddler [Edward Nygma]
Synopsis:
Readers are asked to find the direct route from Batman to five of his most dangerous villains.

The Guardian of the Bat-Signal! (Table of Contents: 13)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 9.67 pages (report information)

Script:
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Charles Paris
Colors:
?
Letters:
Pat Gordon
Job Number:
N-761

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Sgt. Harvey Hainer
Synopsis:
A long-time veteran of the Gotham City Police Department is about to be retired, when Batman suggests that he be put in charge of the Bat-Signal.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Bat-Cave; Bat-Signal; Batman's belt radio; Batmobile; Batplane; Wayne Mansion

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Martin O'Hearn. Pencils credit verified by Craig Delich; previously assigned to Sheldon Moldoff. Inker credit verified by Paris.

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

Letters to the Batman / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Julie Schwartz [as JS]
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset
Job Number:
S-1647
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Table of Contents
  1. 0. King of the Gotham Jungle!
    Batman
  2. 1. Table of Contents
    Batman
  3. 2. King of the Gotham Jungle!
    Batman
  4. 3. The Witch and the Manuscript of Doom!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  5. 4. Bullet-Hole Club
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  6. 5. [Shazam Awards]
    Behind the Scenes at the DC Comic World
  7. 6. The Man Who Stole from Batman!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  8. 7. ["Robin and I never dreamed what sort of deviltry..."]
    Batman; Robin
  9. 8. The Phenomenal Memory of Luke Graham!
    Robin the Teen Wonder
  10. 9. Batman Oddities!
  11. 10. The Son of the Joker
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  12. 11. Here Comes the Comics-Man!
    Behind the Scenes at the DC Comic World
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    Bat-Maze
  14. 13. The Guardian of the Bat-Signal!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Letters to the Batman
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