Batman #259
(November-December 1974)

DC, 1940 Series
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Volume
35
Price
0.60 USD
Pages
100
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1974-08-27
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
DC [circle]
Editing
Julius Schwartz; E. Nelson Bridwell (assistant editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from Comic Reader #109.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Nick Cardy
Inks
Nick Cardy
Colors
Tatjana Wood
Letters
Joe Letterese

Job Number
S-1820
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; The Shadow [Lamont Cranston]

Indexer Notes

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

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

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell ?
Pencils
Carmine Infantino (signed as Infantino)
Inks
Murphy Anderson (signed as Anderson)
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Job Number
N-1184
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]

Indexer Notes

Modified from the cover of Detective Comics #366 and listing Cardy as cover artist.

The Night of the Shadow! (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
?
Letters
Ben Oda

Job Number
S-1778
Genre
superhero
Characters
The Batman [Bruce Wayne]; The Shadow [Lamont Cranston]; Commissioner James Gordon; Martha Wayne; Thomas Wayne; Mildred Miller (nurse); Thorton Swofford (jewelry store owner, death); Willy Hank Stamper [aka The Boy Genius of Crime] (villain); Tooker (villain); Chaz (villain)
Synopsis
Batman goes on the trail of a convicted felon from the past, believing that he has stolen a valuable tiara. But he's wrong and discovers that only "The Shadow Knows" who actually is responsible.
Reprints
Keywords
Bat-Signal; Gotham City; Starlight Tiara

Indexer Notes

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

Story dedicated to Bill Finger.

The Great Batman Swindle! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Dick Sprang
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
Pat Gordon

Job Number
N-1077
Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [50's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Ned Judson [aka Batman Number Four] (wealthy yachtsman); Batman Number One (villain); Batman Number Two (villain); Batman Number Three (villain); Muggsy (villain)
Synopsis
Wealthy yachtsman Ned Judson is called to a mysterious castle once built by an eccentric millionaire, and comes face-to-face with the Brotherhood of Batmen. The leader, Batman Number One, convinces Judson that the figure of Batman is actually four people, and, because of the death of one of their members, he is to become Batman Number Four!
Reprints
Keywords
Bat-Cave; Batmarine; Batmobile; Brotherhood of Batmen

Indexer Notes

Credits supplied by Craig Delich. Inks credit verified by Sprang. Art solely credited to Sprang on splash page.

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

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

Script
Guy Lillian (signed as GHLIII)
Pencils
Anthony Kowalik (illustration)
Inks
Neal Adams (illustration)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
S-1826

The Strange Costumes of Batman! (Table of Contents: 5)

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

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

Job Number
N-1073
Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [50's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Dr. Robert Darcy (villain, expert technician and chemist); King Midas [George Midas] (villain, flashback]; Reggie Layton (millionaire); The Joker (villain, image)
Synopsis
While making an inspection of equipment in the Bat-Cave, Bruce and Dick also must inspect the various costumes Batman and Robin use in their fight against crime for leaks and tears, and, as it turns out, a never before used costume saves the day for the Batman, who has been seriously wounded.
Reprints
Keywords
Bat-Cave; Bat-Signal; Batmobile; Batplane; Gotham City; Saronia (a ship); Wayne Mansion

Indexer Notes

Credits supplied by Craig Delich. Inks credit verified by Sprang. Art solely credited to Dick Sprang on splash page.

A New Look for Robin (Table of Contents: 6)

Robin / illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell ?
Pencils
Anthony Kowalik
Inks
Anthony Kowalik
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Robin
Reprints

Indexer Notes

New costumes for Robin drawn by readers of the strip: Carol A. Strickland, Brian Madigan, Steven Diaz, Carl Peppers, David Talarico, and Jim Ricklef.

Heroes by Proxy! (Table of Contents: 7)

Batman and Robin / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Don C. Cameron
Pencils
Dick Sprang (signed as Bob Kane)
Inks
Dick Sprang (signed as Bob Kane)
Colors
Bob McCay; ?
Letters
George Roussos

Job Number
N-1075
Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [30's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Alfred Pennyworth; Hawke [also as Batman] (introduction, detective); Wrenn [also as Robin] (introduction, detective); Corky Huggins (villain, introduction); Catspaw Carlin (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Two private detectives are down in the dumps because they are flat broke, even though they have great detective abilities. When they hear that the Wayne Mansion has been robbed, they decide to change their tactics and investigate, disguised as Batman and Robin!
Reprints
Keywords
Gotham City; Gotham City Gazette; Wayne Mansion

Indexer Notes

The Archives edition incorrectly lists Jerry Robinson as artist. Art credits verified by Dick Sprang. Dick Sprang reported to Craig Delich that Bob McCay (Winsor McCay's son) worked at DC as a colorist at the time of this issue and colored this story. Lettering credit verified by George Roussos.

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

Comedy Cover Capers / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
E. Nelson Bridwell ?
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff; Carmine Infantino; Irv Novick (illustrations)
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff; Mike Esposito; Irv Novick (illustrations)
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
humor
Characters
Batman; Robin; Catwoman; Batgirl

Indexer Notes

Re-dialogued covers reprinted from Batman #130, 175, 197 and 209.

Two Batmen Too Many! (Table of Contents: 9)

Batman / comic story / 11.34 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff (signed as Bob Kane)
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Job Number
N-1075
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Elongated Man [Ralph Dibny; aka Big Batman]; The Atom [Ray Palmer; aka Little Batman]; The Bangle Brothers (carnival owners); Ed "Numbers" Garvey (villain); Garvey's gang (villains)
Synopsis
Batman concocts a scheme against numbers racketeer Ed Garvey to prove conclusively that the crook planned and carried out the Kimber Gem job.
Reprints
Keywords
Bat-Rope; Gotham City; Kimber Gem Collection

Indexer Notes

Credits for script and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics. Records show that Bob Kane was paid for the pencils, but scholars agree that pencils were actually by Moldoff.

Pages 6 and 12 are 2/3-pages.

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

Casey the Cop / comic story / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff
Inks
Henry Boltinoff
Colors
?
Letters
Henry Boltinoff

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I want to put in a complaint. His dog bit me!
Genre
humor
Reprints

The Failure of Bruce Wayne (Table of Contents: 11)

Batman and Robin / comic story / 9.67 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
Stan Starkman

Job Number
N-1074
Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [50's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Alfred Pennyworth; Silas Wayne (Bruce's great-uncle); unnamed convict (villain); "Babyface" Muller (villain); Muller's gang [Arnie Briggs; rest unnamed] (villains)
Synopsis
Called to his dying Uncle's bedside, Silas, Bruce is told by him that he is disappointed that Bruce has not continued the family tradition of adventure. Bruce sets out to prove Silas wrong...and does in an unexpected way.
Reprints
Keywords
Bat-Cave; Batmobile

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Martin O'Hearn; inks credit verified by Charles Paris.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
  3. 2. The Night of the Shadow!
    Batman
  4. 3. The Great Batman Swindle!
    Batman and Robin
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Letters to the Batman
  6. 5. The Strange Costumes of Batman!
    Batman and Robin
  7. 6. A New Look for Robin
    Robin
  8. 7. Heroes by Proxy!
    Batman and Robin
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Comedy Cover Capers
  10. 9. Two Batmen Too Many!
    Batman
  11. 10. ["I want to put in a complaint. His dog bit me!"]
    Casey the Cop
  12. 11. The Failure of Bruce Wayne
    Batman and Robin
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