Batman #23
(June-July 1944)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1944-04-09
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]; The Joker
Reprints
Keywords
chess

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Sprang.

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 1)

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 2)

public service announcement / 0.67 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Again, the men, women and children of America...
Genre
advocacy
Keywords
War Bonds and Stamps

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover

The Upside Down Crimes! (Table of Contents: 3)

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

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Dick Sprang (signed as Bob Kane)
Inks
Gene McDonald
Colors
?
Letters
George Roussos

Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [40's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Leegaf (Hindu Prince); Mrs. Van Sneed [also as Greta Garbo]; Nan Winslow [also as Katharine Hepburn]; Miss Latham [also as Ginger Rogers]; ? [also as Charlie Chaplin]; ? [also as Shirley Temple]; The Joker (villain); Muggsy Mulligan (villain); Snipes (villain)
Synopsis
Batman and Robin must stop the Joker's mad schemes, as he commits several "up-side down crimes" that leave the Caped Crusaders literally standing on their heads.
Reprints
Keywords
Bat-Signal; Batplane; belt radio; Gotham City; U.S.O.; utility belt

Indexer Notes

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 4)

Life's Little Laffs / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Ray Houlihan
Pencils
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Inks
Ray Houlihan (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Ray Houlihan

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh, no! This is the garden over here...
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Letterer credit by Craig Delich.

This sequence is NOT found in the Archive.

Escape from Two-Way Death! (Table of Contents: 5)

Adventures of "R. C." and Quickie; Royal Crown Cola / comics-form advertising / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Men, this course is a real test under fire.
Genre
adventure; military
Characters
Quickie; Hoot Gibson
Keywords
rattlesnake

Damsel in Distress! (Table of Contents: 6)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Adventure is his daily routine...
Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [40's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Marjory Davenport (Dick's love interest, introduction); Dr. Davenport (Marjory's father, introduction); Bugs Conklin (villain, introduction); Jitters (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Dick's crush on a girl leads him and the Batman into a case involving kidnapping and murder.
Reprints
Keywords
Gotham City; Ye Olde Gem Shoppe

Indexer Notes

Revised inker credit verified by Craig Delich; previously given to Ray Burnley. Art credits verified by Sprang. Letterer credit confirmed by Roussos.

Now on Sale Everywhere (Table of Contents: 7)

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

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

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

Wheaties / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Stick around fellas...
Characters
Spike; Pee Wee

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

Handy Andy / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Farr
Pencils
Jack Farr
Inks
Jack Farr
Colors
?
Letters
Jack Farr

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Folks, here's a new notion on 'victory' gardens...
Genre
humor
Characters
Handy Andy; Elmer

Indexer Notes

This sequence is NOT found in the Archive.

Borrowed Butler! (Table of Contents: 10)

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

Script
?
Pencils
Jerry Robinson (signed as Bob Kane)
Inks
Jerry Robinson (signed as Bob Kane)
Colors
?
Letters
George Roussos

First Line of Dialogue or Text
When crime becomes a course on a weekend menu, Alfred...
Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
Alfred Pennyworth; Bruce Wayne; Dick Grayson; Mrs. Van Upsitart (Bruce's neighbor); Oswald (Mrs. Van Upsitart's cousin); Mr. Piper (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Bruce hires out Alfred to a neighbor who is having week-end guests, and whose butler is sick. Alfred's blind luck allows him to solve yet another case involving an "inside job" at the Upsitart residence.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Art credits verified by Robinson. Letterer credit confirmed by Roussos.

Accidents Will Happen (Table of Contents: 11)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Ted Udall (credited as Tod Lowry)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
They had been here a whole week now...
Genre
adventure
Characters
Hardy; Canby; Michele
Keywords
Mt. Colony

Indexer Notes

This text story is NOT found in the Archive.

Pelt Plunderers! (Table of Contents: 12)

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

Script
Bill Finger
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]; Skinner Short (villain, introduction)
Synopsis
Batman and Robin head up into the frozen north to assist the Royal Canadian Mounted Police stop a gang of thieves who plunder beaver pelts trapped by locals and who then sell them for big profits, which they plan to spend back in the States.
Reprints
Keywords
Batpoon; Gotham City; Northwest Territories

Indexer Notes

This story was one of the special "Police Division" stories featured in Batman.

Writer credit verified by Martin O'Hearn. Art credits verified by Sprang. Letterer credit confirmed by Roussos.

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

Crowell-Collier Publishing Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 14)

Charles Atlas / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

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

Lighter Moments with Fresh Eveready Batteries / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Louis Priscilla (signed)
Inks
Louis Priscilla (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
You're violating the blackout, Sergeant.
Genre
humor

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman and Robin
  2. 1. Editorial Advisory Board
  3. 2. ["Again, the men, women and children of America..."]
  4. 3. The Upside Down Crimes!
    Batman and Robin
  5. 4. ["Oh, no! This is the garden over here..."]
    Life's Little Laffs
  6. 5. Escape from Two-Way Death!
    Adventures of "R. C." and Quickie; Royal Crown Cola
  7. 6. Damsel in Distress!
    Batman and Robin
  8. 7. Now on Sale Everywhere
  9. 8. ["Stick around fellas..."]
    Wheaties
  10. 9. ["Folks, here's a new notion on 'victory' gardens..."]
    Handy Andy
  11. 10. Borrowed Butler!
    The Adventures of Alfred
  12. 11. Accidents Will Happen
  13. 12. Pelt Plunderers!
    Batman and Robin
  14. 13. [no title indexed]
    Crowell-Collier Publishing Co.
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Charles Atlas
  16. 15. ["You're violating the blackout, Sergeant."]
    Lighter Moments with Fresh Eveready Batteries
This issue was most recently modified by:
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  • Jerry Hillegas (R.I.P.)
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
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