Batman #21
(February-March 1944)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
60
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
On-sale date:
1943-12-07
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Detective Comics, Inc.
Brand:
A Superman DC Publication
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth [as F. W. Ellsworth] (credited)
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 / cover / 1 page (report information)

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

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

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Sprang.

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

Kay Novelty Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Streamlined Rustlers! (Table of Contents: 2)

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

Script:
Jack Schiff
Pencils:
Dick Sprang
Inks:
Dick Sprang
Colors:
?
Letters:
George Roussos

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Sheriff Colt; Mr. Kraft (cattleman); Mr. Cotter (owner of the CO Ranch); Mr. Brule (villain, owner of the Double Bar S and Three Arrow Circle Ranches, introduction, death)
Synopsis:
Batman and Robin head west to see if they can stem the tide of cattle rustling, which has been caused by war-time rationing, and is the source of black market beef.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Batplane; Gotham City; silken rope

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Sprang. Letterer credit verified by Roussos.

Here's Get Up and Go (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Blitzkrieg Bandits! (Table of Contents: 4)

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

Script:
Don Cameron
Pencils:
Dick Sprang [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Inks:
Dick Sprang [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
George Roussos

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Hannibal Boneparte Brown (military science expert, introduction); Mr. Dodge (millionaire recluse); Chopper Gant (villain, introduction); Gant's mob (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
The Caped Crusaders must stop a criminal mastermind who uses a genius in military science to actually plan crimes for gems and other loot, thinking the crook is writing a series of newspaper articles on him.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Bat-Signal; Batplane; Gotham City

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Sprang. Letterer credit verified by Roussos.

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

Brother / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Paul Fung
Pencils:
Paul Fung
Inks:
Paul Fung
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text:
C'mon, brother!!
Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

This sequence is NOT found in the Archive.

His Lordship's Double! (Table of Contents: 6)

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

Script:
Alvin Schwartz
Pencils:
Dick Sprang [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Inks:
Dick Sprang [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
George Roussos

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Alfred Pennyworth; Mr. and Mrs. C.L.J. Carruthers; Lord David Hurley Burleigh (British socialite, botanist, introduction); Stevens [also as Lord Burleigh] (villain, Burleigh's butler, introduction); Steven's gang (villains, introduction for all)
Synopsis:
The Caped Crusaders have to outwit a criminal element which targets a Lord Burleigh, a man who has come to America to interest an American oil company in his discovery of a cheaper process for obtaining rubber from petroleum.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Gotham City

Indexer Notes

Alfred has slimmed down by this story.

Art credits verified by Sprang. Letterer credit verified by Roussos.

Now on Sale Everywhere (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

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

Hero's Mission (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 1.67 pages (report information)

Script:
George Brandon (credited)
Pencils:
?
Inks:
?
Colors:
?
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
adventure

Indexer Notes

This text story does NOT appear in the Archive.

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

statement of ownership / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
?
Letters:
typeset

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

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:
Brr-- What a day for me to make an appointment on a street corner!
Genre:
humor; teen
Characters:
Jerry the Jitterbug

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archive.

The Three Eccentrics! (Table of Contents: 11)

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

Script:
Joseph Greene
Pencils:
Ed Kressy (layouts); Dick Sprang [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Inks:
Dick Sprang [as Bob Kane] (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
George Roussos

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Ebenezer Flint (millionaire); Gladys Puffe (wealthy socialite); John White (operator of Hilltop Castle); The Penguin [Oswald Cobblepot] (villain); Sam Chizzell (villain)
Synopsis:
Batman must outwit the Penguin, who has invented a small motion picture camera with telescopic lenses, which is precise enough to see combinations to wall safes as they are being opened.
Reprints:
Keywords:
Batmobile; Batplane; Gotham City; Gotham City Star

Indexer Notes

Writer credit by Martin O'Hearn. Layout credit and inker credit verified by Sprang; inker credit formerly assigned to Ray Burnley. Letterer credit verified by Roussos.

This story appears to be one of the stories prepared in 1941 to use in the eventuality of Bob Kane being drafted.

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

The Weather Man / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Funk and Wagnalls New Standard Encyclopedia / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Captain Tootsie and the Secret Weapon! (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Roll / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman with Robin
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Kay Novelty Co.
  3. 2. The Streamlined Rustlers!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  4. 3. Here's Get Up and Go
    Wheaties
  5. 4. Blitzkrieg Bandits!
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  6. 5. ["C'mon, brother!!"]
    Brother
  7. 6. His Lordship's Double!
    Batman with Robin
  8. 7. Now on Sale Everywhere
  9. 8. Hero's Mission
  10. 9. [no title indexed]
  11. 10. ["Brr-- What a day for me to make an appointment on a street corner!"]
    Jerry the Jitterbug
  12. 11. The Three Eccentrics!
    Batman with Robin
  13. 12. [no title indexed]
    The Weather Man
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Funk and Wagnalls New Standard Encyclopedia
  15. 14. Captain Tootsie and the Secret Weapon!
    Captain Tootsie; Tootsie Roll
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