The Best of DC #51 [Direct]
(August 1984)

DC, 1979 Series
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Price
1.25 USD; 1.50 CAD
Pages
100
Indicia Frequency
monthly
On-sale Date
1984-04-17
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics Inc.
Brand
DC Blue Ribbon Digest
Printer
Printed in USA
Editing
Nicola Cuti (credited) (editor); Tom Condon (credited) (managing editor)

Issue Notes

No date in indicia. Only date is on the cover.
This issue has variants:

Batman Family (Table of Contents)

Batman; Man-Bat; Robin / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Ed Hannigan (signed as HANNIGAN [circle])
Inks
Dick Giordano (signed as Giordano)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Man-Bat; Alfred Pennyworth; Commissioner Gordon

Best of DC -- Batman Family (Table of Contents: 1)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover.

[A Moon, Poem, and Batman] (Table of Contents: 2)

Batman / foreword, introduction, preface, afterword / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jim Starlin (signed as Starlin)
Inks
Jim Starlin (signed as Starlin)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Title taken from Table of Contents.

Daughter of the Demon (Table of Contents: 3)

Batman / comic story / 22 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil (credited)
Pencils
Neal Adams (credited)
Inks
Dick Giordano (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
John Costanza
Editing
Julius Schwartz (credited) (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Robin [Dick Grayson]; Ra's Al Ghul; Talia; Batman; Alfred Pennyworth; Ubu
Reprints

[Ragman Rumble] (Table of Contents: 4)

Batman / illustration / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jim Starlin (signed as Starlin)
Inks
Jim Starlin (signed as Starlin)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Ragman; Batman; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Man-Bat; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Title from Table of Contents.

Surprise! Surprise! (Table of Contents: 5)

Alfred / comic story / 7 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Rozakis (credited)
Pencils
Carl Potts (credited)
Inks
Frank McLaughlin (credited)
Colors
Helen Vesik (credited)
Letters
?

Feature Logo
Batman's Butler Alfred
Genre
adventure; detective-mystery
Characters
Commissioner James Gordon; Alfred Pennyworth; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Lori Elton; Vicki Vale Powers; Batman; Jimmy Olsen; Lois Lane; Superman; Tom Powers
Reprints

Dread Night of the Jaguar (Table of Contents: 6)

Man-Bat / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Rozakis (credited)
Pencils
Marshall Rogers (credited)
Inks
Terry Austin (credited)
Colors
Helen Vesik (credited)
Letters
?

Feature Logo
Man-Bat [curved]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Man-Bat; Francine Langstrom
Reprints

The Man Who Melted Manhattan! Chapter 1: Death Derby at Dawn! (Table of Contents: 7)

Batgirl and Robin; Man-Bat / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Rozakis (credited)
Pencils
Don Newton (credited)
Inks
Bob Wiacek (credited)
Colors
Shelly Eiber (credited)
Letters
?

Feature Logo
Man-Bat [curved]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Reprints

[The Man Who Melted Manhattan!] Chapter 2: Twilight of the Sunset Gang (Table of Contents: 8)

Man-Bat / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Rozakis (credited)
Pencils
Marshall Rogers (credited)
Inks
Bob Wiacek (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Man-Bat; Sunset Gang; The Outsider
Reprints

[The Man Who Melted Manhattan!] Chapter Three: Explosive End of the Dynamite Duo! (Table of Contents: 9)

Batgirl and Robin / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Rozakis (credited)
Pencils
Don Newton (credited)
Inks
Bob Wiacek (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; The Outsider
Reprints

[The Man Who Melted Manhattan!] Chapter 4: Inside-- Outside-- Melting Down the Town! (Table of Contents: 10)

Batgirl and Robin; Man-Bat / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Rozakis (credited)
Pencils
Don Newton (credited)
Inks
Bob Wiacek (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Man-Bat; The Outsider; Alfred Pennyworth
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Does not include the 1-page epilogue.

Night of the Reaper! (Table of Contents: 11)

Batman / comic story / 25 pages (report information)

Script
Denny O'Neil (credited); Bernie Wrightson (credited as Berni Wrightson) (idea); Harlan Ellison (credited) (assist)
Pencils
Neal Adams (credited)
Inks
Dick Giordano (credited)
Colors
?
Letters
John Costanza
Editing
Julius Schwartz (credited) (original editor)

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Tom Fagan; Doctor Gruener
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Story takes place at the Rutland, Vermont, Halloween parade.

Batman Family Origins (Table of Contents: 12)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Nicola Cuti ?
Letters
typeset

Synopsis
Article about the supporting characters in the Batman feature.

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[1961 Batman Family Pinup] (Table of Contents: 13)

Batman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Sheldon Moldoff (credited as Bob Kane)
Inks
Sheldon Moldoff (credited as Bob Kane)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman; Bat-Mite; Alfred Pennyworth; Commissioner Gordon; Batwoman; Robin; Batgirl [Betty Kane]; Ace, the Bat-Hound
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Back cover.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. Batman Family
    Batman; Man-Bat; Robin
  2. 1. Best of DC -- Batman Family
  3. 2. [A Moon, Poem, and Batman]
    Batman
  4. 3. Daughter of the Demon
    Batman
  5. 4. [Ragman Rumble]
    Batman
  6. 5. Surprise! Surprise!
    Alfred
  7. 6. Dread Night of the Jaguar
    Man-Bat
  8. 7. The Man Who Melted Manhattan! Chapter 1: Death Derby at Dawn!
    Batgirl and Robin; Man-Bat
  9. 8. [The Man Who Melted Manhattan!] Chapter 2: Twilight of the Sunset Gang
    Man-Bat
  10. 9. [The Man Who Melted Manhattan!] Chapter Three: Explosive End of the Dynamite Duo!
    Batgirl and Robin
  11. 10. [The Man Who Melted Manhattan!] Chapter 4: Inside-- Outside-- Melting Down the Town!
    Batgirl and Robin; Man-Bat
  12. 11. Night of the Reaper!
    Batman
  13. 12. Batman Family Origins
  14. 13. [1961 Batman Family Pinup]
    Batman
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