Batman #256
(May-June 1974)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume
35
Price
0.60 USD
Pages
100
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1974-02-28
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
DC [block]
Editing
Julius Schwartz

Issue Notes

On-sale date from Comic Reader #103.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Nick Cardy
Inks
Nick Cardy
Colors
Tatjana Wood
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Job Number
S-1712
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Catwoman [Selina Kyle]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Credits for pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics. Art previously credited to Nick Cardy and Neal Adams. Colors credit provided by Anthony Tollin.

Batman Issue No. 256 (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell ?
Pencils
Pat Broderick (signed as Broderick)
Inks
Pat Broderick (signed as Broderick)
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

Job Number
N-898
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]
Keywords
Bat-Signal

Indexer Notes

Contents page with Batman illustration. Nick Cardy is credited here with doing the cover.

Catwoman's Circus Caper! (Table of Contents: 2)

Batman / comic story / 20 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil (credited)
Pencils
Irv Novick (credited)
Inks
Dick Giordano (credited)
Colors
Jerry Serpe
Letters
Ben Oda

Job Number
S-1634
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Alfred Pennyworth; unnamed owner of the Tip-Top Circus; Bobo and His Clowns; Catwoman [Selina Kyle; aka Nelias] (villain); Bernie Byrd (villain)
Synopsis
When Bruce discovers that Dick has left Hudson University to investigate some mystery at the Tip-Top Circus, Batman decides to join the Teen Wonder to investigate a murder at the circus.
Reprints
Keywords
Bat-Cave; Wayne Mansion

Indexer Notes

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

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

Letters to the Batman / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Martin Pasko (signed as MP)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
S-1719

Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from Scott Paton, Bob Rodi, Allan Ferguson and Gary Young.

Dinosaur Island! (Table of Contents: 4)

Batman and Robin / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Paul Cooper (signed as Bob Kane)
Inks
Ray Burnley
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Job Number
N-866
Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [30's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Murray Wilson Hart (master showman); Mr. Breach (big-game hunter); Stephen Chase (villain, big-game hunter)
Synopsis
Batman and Robin are challenged to a game of "Touch Hunt" on famed Dinosaur Island in return for a gift to charity in the amount of $5000...if they win the game. But they soon discover that they are the prey being hunted...by a very human adversary!
Reprints
Keywords
belt radio; Gotham City; utility belt

Indexer Notes

Pencils credit by Martin O'Hearn; formerly credited to Bob Kane. Inks credit by Jack Burnley. Letters credit by Martin O'Hearn and Joe Desris.

This story explains why Batman has the big dinosaur in the Batcave.

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

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

If Bruce Wayne Had Not Become the Batman (Table of Contents: 6)

Batman / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Martin Pasko
Pencils
Pat Broderick
Inks
Pat Broderick
Colors
?
Letters
Ben Oda

Job Number
N-919
Genre
superhero
Characters
Bruce Wayne [Batman; The Scorpion; The Stingray; The Owl; The Shooting Star; The Iron Knight]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This feature looks at what Bruce Wayne might have become if he had been inspired by something other than a bat. Forty-one years later, in The Multiversity Guidebook (DC, 2015 series) #1, writer Grant Morrison establishes that the Scorpion exists on Earth 41, the Stingray on Earth 34, the Owl on Earth 35, the Shooting Star on Earth 47, and the Iron Knight on Earth 36.

The Penny Plunderers! (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks
Ray Burnley
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Job Number
N-867
Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [30's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; J. J. Withers (introduction); Joe Coyne (villain, introduction); Skinny (villain, introduction, death); Mike (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Throughout his life, Joe Coyne felt threatened, done in by pennies and coppers, so he decides to use the "copper penny" as a trademark of his crimes.
Reprints
Keywords
Batplane; Gotham City; Gotham Gazette; Gotham News; utility belts

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Martin O'Hearn. Art credits added by Craig Delich and verified by Kane to Joe Desris. Letters credit from Todd Klein via his Klein Letters blog (19 September 2016, http://kleinletters.com/Blog/ira-schnapp-in-worlds-finest-comics-part-2/).

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

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

Script
Bob Rozakis
Pencils
? (spot illustration)
Inks
? (spot illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
P-8
Genre
superhero

Indexer Notes

puzzle

Brothers in Crime! (Table of Contents: 9)

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

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

Job Number
N-868
Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [30's face]
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

Pencils and inks credits verified by Jerry Robinson, background and letters credits verified by George Roussos.

The Thousand and One Trophies of Batman! (Table of Contents: 10)

Batman and Robin / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Edmond Hamilton
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
?

Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [50's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Dr. Doom (villain, smuggler, death); The Joker (villain, image)
Synopsis
As they add trophy 1000 to the Bat-Cave's collection, the Caped Crusaders decide to check over the other trophies to make sure they are in good shape. They are called out on another case, bringing back trophy 1001 unaware that the evil Dr. Doom is hiding inside and plans to rig some of the trophies in the Bat-Cave to kill the Dynamic Duo.
Reprints
Keywords
Batcave; Batmobile; Gotham City; Hall of Trophies; Wayne Mansion

Indexer Notes

Pencil credit by Craig Delich, as verified to him by Lew Sayre Schwartz; we previously credited Schwartz.

The Secret of Batman Island! (Table of Contents: 11)

Batman and Robin / comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff (signed as Bob Kane)
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
Pat Gordon

Job Number
N-869
Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [50's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; A. K. Barnaby (a Batman fan); Fat Man (image); Catwoman [Selina Kyle] (villain, image); The Penguin [Oswald Cobblepot] (villain, image); The Joker (villain, image); The Shark [Armand Lydecker] (villain); a gang of jewel thieves (villains)
Synopsis
The founder/owner of Batman Island is followed home by criminals seeking films the man has been shooting that could finger them for a crime they committed.
Reprints
Keywords
Bat Search-o-Screen; Bat-a-Rang; Bat-Signal; Batman Island; Batmobile; Batplane; Bomb-a-Rang; Wayne Mansion

Indexer Notes

Script credit by Martin O'Hearn. Inks credit by Charles Paris.

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

Bat-Puzzle / activity / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
Bob Rozakis
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Here's the solution to this issue's Bat-Puzzle
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]

Indexer Notes

Answer to the Bat-Puzzle earlier in the issue.

The Catwoman! (Table of Contents: 13)

Catwoman / character profile / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
? (various)
Inks
? (various)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Catwoman [Selina Kyle]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Made up of reprinted panels from various stories.

Letters to the Batman Extra! (Table of Contents: 14)

Letters to the Batman / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Martin Pasko (signed as MP)
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
S-1719-A

Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from Scott Weingarten, Clint Thomas, James T. McCoy and Kathleen McCoy.

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman
  2. 1. Batman Issue No. 256
  3. 2. Catwoman's Circus Caper!
    Batman
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Letters to the Batman
  5. 4. Dinosaur Island!
    Batman and Robin
  6. 5. [no title indexed]
  7. 6. If Bruce Wayne Had Not Become the Batman
    Batman
  8. 7. The Penny Plunderers!
    Batman and Robin
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Bat-Puzzle
  10. 9. Brothers in Crime!
    Batman and Robin
  11. 10. The Thousand and One Trophies of Batman!
    Batman and Robin
  12. 11. The Secret of Batman Island!
    Batman and Robin
  13. 12. ["Here's the solution to this issue's Bat-Puzzle"]
    Bat-Puzzle
  14. 13. The Catwoman!
    Catwoman
  15. 14. Letters to the Batman Extra!
    Letters to the Batman
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