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 (credited as F. W. Ellsworth) (editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman and Robin / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Dick Sprang
Inks
Dick Sprang
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Universe
DC : mainstream
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 and Robin / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [40's face]
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)
Universe
DC : mainstream
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 and Robin / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

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

Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [40's face]
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)
Universe
DC : mainstream
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 and Robin / comic story / 11 pages (report information)

Script
Al Schwartz
Pencils
Dick Sprang (signed as Bob Kane)
Inks
Dick Sprang (signed as Bob Kane)
Colors
?
Letters
George Roussos

Feature Logo
Batman with Robin
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Alfred Beagle; Robin [Dick Grayson]; 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)
Universe
DC : mainstream
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
Characters
Major Shulz; Kobel

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!
Feature Logo
Jerry the Jitterbug
Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Homer; Jerry the Jitterbug

Indexer Notes

This filler does NOT appear in the Archive.

The Three Eccentrics! (Table of Contents: 11)

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

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

Feature Logo
Batman with Robin
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Penguin [Oswald Cobblepot] (villain); Robin [Dick Grayson]; Ebenezer Flint (millionaire); Gladys Puffe (wealthy socialite); John White (operator of Hilltop Castle); Sam Chizzell (villain)
Universe
DC : mainstream
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 / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman and Robin
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Kay Novelty Co.
  3. 2. The Streamlined Rustlers!
    Batman and Robin
  4. 3. Here's Get Up and Go
    Wheaties
  5. 4. Blitzkrieg Bandits!
    Batman and Robin
  6. 5. ["C'mon, brother!!"]
    Brother
  7. 6. His Lordship's Double!
    Batman and 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 and 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
This issue was modified by, among others
  • John Censullo
  • Craig Delich
  • Del Gruber
  • Jan Roar Hansen
  • Matthew Head
  • Jerry Hillegas (R.I.P.)
  • Mike Nielsen
  • John Pannozzi
  • Matthew Peets
  • Tony R. Rose
  • Per Sandell
  • Daniel Thingvold
  • Jim Van Dore