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
Julius Schwartz [as JS]
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
S-1647
Editing
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Series Information
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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