(September 1980)

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Volume
44
Price
1.00 USD
Pages
68
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1980-06-25
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics Inc.
Brand
DC [bullet]
Barcode
0709893046509
Editing
Joe Orlando (managing editor); Paul Levitz (editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from Comic Reader #180.

The Crime Doctor Prescribes Death! (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jim Aparo (signed)
Inks
Jim Aparo (signed)
Colors
Tatjana Wood
Letters
Gaspar Saladino

Genre
superhero
Characters
Bruce Wayne [Batman]; Black Lightning [Jefferson Pierce] (head shot); Robin [Dick Grayson] (head shot); Batgirl [Barbara Gordon] (head shot)
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Colors credit provided by Anthony Tollin.

The Crime Doctor Calls at Midnight! (Table of Contents: 1)

Batman / comic story / 16 pages (report information)

Script
Michael Fleisher
Pencils
Don Newton
Inks
Bob Smith
Colors
Adrienne Roy
Letters
Milt Snapinn

Job Number
J-6623
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Commission James Gordon; The Crime Doctor [Dr. Bradford Thorne] (introduction, villain); Alfred Pennyworth; Dr. Douglas Dundee
Synopsis
Batman faces a new twist in crime, the Crime Doctor, who uses medical tools and knowledge to plan crimes and to help criminals for a percent of the take.
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Indexer Notes

Story continues in next issue.

Batman previously battled a Crime Doctor named Dr. Matthew Thorne in Detective Comics #77 (July 1943). This story appears to be the first meeting between Batman and any Crime Doctor, so presumably Bradford Thorne is the Earth 1 Crime Doctor and this is his first appearance, while Matthew Thorne is the Crime Doctor of Earth 2.

[Pinball] (Table of Contents: 2)

Tales of Gotham City / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Jack C. Harris
Pencils
Dan Spiegle
Inks
Dan Spiegle
Colors
Gene D'Angelo
Letters
John Costanza

Job Number
J-6659 ?
First Line of Dialogue or Text
You can hear the pulse-beat of the city...
Genre
drama
Characters
Flip (a pinball wizard); Juan
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story title from Best of DC reprint.

The Stony-Eyed Medusa (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

The Flash; Hostess Fruit Pies / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

The Lesser Evil!!! (Table of Contents: 4)

Batgirl / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Cary Burkett
Pencils
José Delbo
Inks
Frank Chiaramonte
Colors
Gene D'Angelo
Letters
Milt Snapinn

Job Number
J-6683
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Commissioner James Gordon; Jeff Cotton; Jim Dover; Tracy Dover; Norman "Shades" Cosgrove; Ray Beeler; Boss Vance
Synopsis
Batgirl investigates when two rival crime bosses clash over a theater that is slated to be torn down and replaced with affordable housing.
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Indexer Notes

Jeff's last name is given as Cotton in Detective Comics #501.

The Hazing Homicide! (Table of Contents: 5)

Robin / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Jack C. Harris
Pencils
Charles Nicholas
Inks
Vince Colletta
Colors
Gene D'Angelo
Letters
Milt Snapinn

Job Number
J-6646
Genre
superhero
Characters
Robin [Dick Grayson]; Jennifer Anne; Alan Proctor (deceased); Chief Frank McDonald; Judy Simmons; Biff Braddock; Dave (fraternity president); Frazer (fraternity member); Robinson (fraternity member); Philips (fraternity pledge); Rogers (fraternity pledge)
Synopsis
Robin investigates when a fraternity pledge dies during a hazing incident.
Reprints
Keywords
fraternities

Volume 80 Issue 21 - June,1980 (Table of Contents: 6) (Expand) /

Daily Planet / in-house column / 2 pages (report information)

#64 Dick Giordano (Table of Contents: 7)

DC Profiles / text article / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
Mike W. Barr
Letters
typeset

Genre
biography

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

Planet Puzzle / activity / 0.5 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

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

Hembeck / comic story / 0.17 page (report information)

Script
Fred Hembeck
Pencils
Fred Hembeck
Inks
Fred Hembeck
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
satire-parody; humor; superhero
Characters
Superman; Flash [Barry Allen]; Metamorpho (mentioned only)

Explosion of the Soul! (Table of Contents: 10)

Black Lightning / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
J. M. DeMatteis
Pencils
Gérald Forton
Inks
Gérald Forton
Colors
Gene D'Angelo
Letters
Ben Oda

Job Number
J-6718
Genre
superhero
Characters
Black Lightning [Jefferson Pierce]; Jonathan Davis (introduction); Slime Killer [Mr. Davis] (introduction, villain); Willie Carroll (introduction; villain); "Fatboy" Carter (introduction; villain); The Steel Warriors (introduction)
Synopsis
Black Lightning stops the Slime Killer, a masked vigilante killing criminals in Suicide Slum who happens to be the father of one of his students, Jonathan Davis.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11)

Batcave / letters page / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Levitz
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Job Number
L-581

Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from Karen Wu, Michael R. Pendley, Matt Kurtz and Scott Slonaker.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. The Crime Doctor Prescribes Death!
    Batman
  2. 1. The Crime Doctor Calls at Midnight!
    Batman
  3. 2. [Pinball]
    Tales of Gotham City
  4. 3. The Stony-Eyed Medusa
    The Flash; Hostess Fruit Pies
  5. 4. The Lesser Evil!!!
    Batgirl
  6. 5. The Hazing Homicide!
    Robin
  7. 6. Volume 80 Issue 21 - June,1980
    Daily Planet
  8. 7. #64 Dick Giordano
    DC Profiles
  9. 8. [no title indexed]
    Planet Puzzle
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
    Hembeck
  11. 10. Explosion of the Soul!
    Black Lightning
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Batcave
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