Detective Comics #498 [Direct]
(January 1981)

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Volume
45
Price
0.50 USD
Pages
40
Indicia Frequency
monthly
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics Inc.
Brand
DC [bullet]
Editing
Joe Orlando (managing editor); Paul Levitz (editor)

Issue Notes

The entire issue without cover is reprinted in Elson's Presents Super Heroes Comics (DC, 1981 series) #6
This issue has variants:

Blockbuster's Back in Town! (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
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Blockbuster [Mark Desmond]; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon] (head shot)
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Indexer Notes

Colors credit provided by Anthony Tollin.

Night of the Savage (Table of Contents: 1)

Batman / comic story / 17 pages (report information)

Script
Gerry Conway
Pencils
Don Newton
Inks
Dan Adkins
Colors
Adrienne Roy
Letters
Ben Oda

Job Number
J-6893
Genre
superhero
Characters
Blockbuster [Mark Desmond] (villain); Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Alfred Pennyworth; Commissioner James Gordon; Sharon (Commissioner Gordon's secretary); Hawkins; Lou; Ernie; Willie Macon; Mickey (thug); Willie Macon's wife; Ajax (villain); Roger Harp (news anchor, image on TV); 'Boss' Dooley; Dooley's men
Synopsis
Blockbuster, after being presumed drowned in Gotham Harbor, washes ashore near a small West Virginia town, where he befriended by a local miner. When Batman travels to there to investigates a Blockbuster sighting, the local union boss assumes Batman is there to investigate his criminal activities and takes steps to eliminate him.
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Indexer Notes

The first few pages of the story take place shortly after Batman's last encounter with Blockbuster in Batman #309. In the present, Batman is shown to be recovering from the gunshot would he received in Detective Comics #497.

Story continues in Detective Comics #499.

The Flash Meets the Bureauc-Rat (Table of Contents: 2) (Expand) /

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

The Tightening Web! (Table of Contents: 3)

Batgirl / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Cary Burkett
Pencils
José Delbo
Inks
Joe Giella
Colors
Gene D'Angelo
Letters
Albert DeGuzman (as Albert De Guzman)

Job Number
J-6993
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Commissioner James Gordon; Robert "Bob" Barton; Richard Bender; Jeff Cotton; Jim Dover; Assistant District Attorney Charles Turner; Randall F. Borowitz; Doreen Gray
Synopsis
With Barbara charged with murder, and new evidence continuing to pile up against her, Batgirl must investigate to find out who is framing her.
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[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Batcave / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Paul Levitz
Letters
typeset

Job Number
L-663
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Indexer Notes

Letters of comment from Brian Nelson, Steve Gawronski, and Rick Kennedy.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Blockbuster's Back in Town!
    Batman
  2. 1. Night of the Savage
    Batman
  3. 2. The Flash Meets the Bureauc-Rat
    The Flash; Hostess Fruit Pies
  4. 3. The Tightening Web!
    Batgirl
  5. 4. [no title indexed]
    Batcave
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