(November-December 1979)

DC, 1979 Series
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Volume
1
Price
0.95 USD
Pages
100
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1979-08-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics Inc.
Brand
DC Blue Ribbon Digest
Barcode
0709893173012
Editing
Joe Orlando (managing editor); Paul Levitz (editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from Comic Reader #171.

40th Anniversary Special! (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Wally Fax (painting)
Inks
Wally Fax (painting)
Colors
Wally Fax (painting)
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman
Reprints
Keywords
Bat signal

Best of DC No. 2 -- Batman (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

The Forties (Table of Contents: 2)

Batman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Fred Ray
Inks
Jerry Robinson
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman; Robin
Reprints

The People vs. the Batman (Table of Contents: 3)

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

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner Gordon
Reprints

Alfred, Armchair Detective! (Table of Contents: 4)

The Adventures of Alfred / comic story / 4 pages (report information)

Script
Don C. Cameron ?; Joe Samachson ?
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Jerry Robinson
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Alfred; Bruce Wayne (cameo); Dick Grayson (cameo)
Reprints

The 1,000 Secrets of the Batcave! (Table of Contents: 5)

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

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Jim Mooney
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Wolf Brando (villain, introduction, death); Commissioner James Gordon; Reilly (police officer); Two-Face [Harvey Dent] (image); The Joker (image)
Synopsis
An escaped convict on the run accidentally discovers the entrance to the Batcave and learns the secret identities of Batman and Robin, and attacks the dynamic duo using their own weapons and trophies against them.
Reprints
Keywords
Bat Signal; Batcave; Batmobile; Batplane

Indexer Notes

Story includes a diagram of the Batcave.

The Fifties (Table of Contents: 6)

Batman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Win Mortimer
Inks
Win Mortimer
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman; Robin; Two-Face
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Top of cover reprint is cut off to accommodate text heading at top of page.

The First Batman (Table of Contents: 7)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks
Stan Kaye
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Dr. Thomas Wayne; Martha Wayne; Joey Chill; Lew Moxon
Synopsis
Bruce finds out his father was the "first" Batman and later finds the man who paid Joey Chill to shoot his father.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Retelling of the origin of Batman.

Murder at Mystery Castle (Table of Contents: 8)

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

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
Pat Gordon

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

The Sixties (Table of Contents: 9)

Batman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

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

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman; Robin; The Joker; The Penguin
Reprints

Indexer Notes

30th anniversary cover.

The Cry of Night Is-- "Kill!" (Table of Contents: 10)

Batman / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script
Michael Friedrich
Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner Gordon; Alfred (cameo)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Original title was "The Cry of the Night Is-- 'Sudden Death!'" Re-write of "Case of the Chemical Syndicate" from Detective Comics #27.

The story is relettered with larger text to accommodate the digest pages. Pages #8 and #11 are expanded to full pages. A box announcing a reprint of The Case of the Chemical Syndicate in Detective #387 is removed. A new box describing the difference between the two versions is added. This is the version reprinted in Detective #627, enlarged to standard page size.

The Seventies (Table of Contents: 11)

Batman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Neal Adams
Inks
Bernie Wrightson
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman
Reprints

The Joker's Five-Way Revenge! (Table of Contents: 12)

Batman / comic story / 22.5 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil
Pencils
Neal Adams
Inks
Neal Adams
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman; The Joker
Reprints

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

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

The Batman -- Forty Years Young (Table of Contents: 14)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Mike W. Barr
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Brief overview of Batman's first 40 years in the comics.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

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

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

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. 40th Anniversary Special!
    Batman
  2. 1. Best of DC No. 2 -- Batman
  3. 2. The Forties
    Batman
  4. 3. The People vs. the Batman
    Batman and Robin
  5. 4. Alfred, Armchair Detective!
    The Adventures of Alfred
  6. 5. The 1,000 Secrets of the Batcave!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  7. 6. The Fifties
    Batman
  8. 7. The First Batman
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  9. 8. Murder at Mystery Castle
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  10. 9. The Sixties
    Batman
  11. 10. The Cry of Night Is-- "Kill!"
    Batman
  12. 11. The Seventies
    Batman
  13. 12. The Joker's Five-Way Revenge!
    Batman
  14. 13. ["If you enjoyed this classic collection..."]
  15. 14. The Batman -- Forty Years Young
  16. 15. ["Together in one volume -- the best stories..."]
    Batman
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