Batman #20
(December 1943-January 1944)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
60
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1943-10-09
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth [as F. W. Ellsworth] (credited); Jack Schiff (actual editor)
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 copyright registration.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Dick Sprang
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Reprints:
Keywords:
Batmobile

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Sprang.

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

Daisy Air Rifles / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Centuries of Crime! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script:
Don C. Cameron
Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Jack Burnley; Ray Burnley (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Betty Bentley

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Alfred Pennyworth; Percival Pruitt; The Joker (villain); Professor Ecla Tate (villain, fraudulent scientist); Swami Meera Kell (villain, crooked crystal gazer); Kid Glove Mixter (villain, bank robber)
Synopsis:
The Joker enlists the aid of a fraudulent scientist and swami, convincing them that they can successfully carry out their "fleecings" of victims: in the past and the future!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Gotham City; Gotham Gazette

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Martin O'Hearn. Art and letterer credits verified by Burnley.

Get Going! (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Big Eight! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)

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

Jerry the Jitterbug / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
Say - I should be a big hit tonight at the mask ball in this outfit!
Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Jerry the Jitterbug

The Trial of Titus Keyes! (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Jerry Robinson
Colors:
?
Letters:
George Roussos

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; unnamed District Attorney; James Stoney (night watchman); Jack Paley (laundry owner); Nick (shoe-shine boy); Titus Keyes (ex-con, introduction); Chief Detective Flam; Patrolman Patrick Francis Aloysius Michael O'Brien; Slick Fingers [as George Collins] (villain); Noodle Nolan (villain)
Synopsis:
Batman and Robin, figuring that the case in court against Titus Keyes is much too pat, investigate and discover the real culprit: the cell-mate of Keyes when he was in prison.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Argus Electric Supply Company; Gotham City; Vanderhoff Necklace

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Martin O'Hearn. Inker credit verified by Robinson. Letterer credit verified by Roussos.

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

Hectic History / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Farr
Pencils:
Jack Farr
Inks:
Jack Farr
Colors:
?
Letters:
Jack Farr

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
Clearing up pertinent points in history...
Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

The Lawmen of the Sea! (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Jack Burnley
Inks:
Jack Burnley; Ray Burnley (backgrounds)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Betty Bentley

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; "Whittling" Willie Binger (wheelman); Spinner Powell (former All-American quarterback); Sergeant Daniels; Shark Hawkey [aka The Shark] (villain, introduction); Hawkey's river-pirate gang (villains, introdction for all)
Synopsis:
In the 2nd story of a series involving various police divisions, Batman and Robin team-up with the Harbor Patrol to track down harbor pirates!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Gotham City; Harbor Patrol

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Martin O'Hearn. Art and letterer credits from Burnley.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

Clancy the Cop / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks:
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
Henry Boltinoff

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
There goes the siren for the practise blackout...
Genre:
humor
Characters:
Clancy the Cop

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The Batman / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Convoy Sighted (Table of Contents: 11)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Walt Abbot (credited)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

Indexer Notes

Includes listing of Editorial Advisory Board of the Superman DC Comics Magazines.

Bruce Wayne Loses the Guardianship of Dick Grayson! (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script:
Bill Finger
Pencils:
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks:
Jerry Robinson
Colors:
?
Letters:
George Roussos

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Alfred Pennyworth; unnamed Judge; George Grayson (villain, Dick Grayson's uncle, introduction); Clara Grayson (villain, Dick Grayson's aunt, introduction); Fatso Foley (villain, racketeer, introduction); The Joker (villain, image)
Synopsis:
One day a couple show up at the Wayne mansion claiming to be the Aunt and Uncle of Dick Grayson, and they successfully get custody of the boy. But Batman smells a rat when the couple call up Bruce Wayne and offer him the opportunity to "buy" Dick back!
Reprints:
Keywords:
Gotham City; Wayne Mansion

Indexer Notes

Script credit from Martin O'Hearn. Inker credit verified by Robinson. Letterer credit verified by Roussos.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Invention Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

National Radio Institute / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Metro Publications / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Daisy Air Rifles
  3. 2. The Centuries of Crime!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  4. 3. Get Going!
    Wheaties
  5. 4. The Big Eight!
  6. 5. ["Say - I should be a big hit tonight at the mask ball in this outfit!"]
    Jerry the Jitterbug
  7. 6. The Trial of Titus Keyes!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  8. 7. ["Clearing up pertinent points in history..."]
    Hectic History
  9. 8. The Lawmen of the Sea!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  10. 9. ["There goes the siren for the practise blackout..."]
    Clancy the Cop
  11. 10. ["Now! Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder in the movies..."]
    The Batman
  12. 11. Convoy Sighted
  13. 12. Bruce Wayne Loses the Guardianship of Dick Grayson!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Invention Co.
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    National Radio Institute
  16. 15. [no title indexed]
    Metro Publications
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