Batman #427 [Direct]
([Winter] 1988)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price
1.50 USD; 2.00 CAD; 0.60 GBP
Pages
52
Indicia frequency
monthly
On-sale date
1988-09-08
Publisher's Age Guidelines
Approved by the Comics Code Authority
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
DC Comics, Inc.
Brand
DC [bullet]
Editing
Denny O'Neil; Dan Raspler (assistant editor)
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

This issue has variants.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

A Death in the Family Book Two of Four (Table of Contents)

Batman / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Mike Mignola
Inks
Mike Mignola
Colors
Anthony Tollin
Letters
Typeset

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Jason Todd]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

2 different covers:

Cover A, the direct sales edition, contains no upc on lower right hand side, and has the 1-800 number fans phoned in to determine Jason Todd's fate on the inside of the issue itself.

Cover B, the newsstand edition, released 3 weeks later, contains the upc code on lower right hand side, but doesnt have the 1-800 number on the inside of the issue.

Color credits confirmed by Anthony Tollin.

A Death in the Family (Chapter 3 & 4) (Table of Contents: 1)

Batman / comic story / 44 pages (report information)

Script
Jim Starlin
Pencils
Jim Aparo
Inks
Mike DeCarlo
Colors
Adrienne Roy
Letters
John Costanza

Job Number
G-3628
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Jason Todd]; Sheila Haywood (introduction); Joker (villain); Lady Shiva (villain); Alfred Pennyworth (flashback)
Synopsis
Jason meets his real mother, Sheila Haywood, but she turns out to be working for the Joker and allows her son to fall into his deadly hands inside a warehouse. Joker beats Robin with a crowbar and leaves him for dead as a badly beaten Robin attempts to save his mom and himself from the dynamite left behind by the Joker as he leaves them both to a horrible fate. Batman watches in horror as the warehouse containing Jason and Sheila blows up, too late to stop the Joker.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Direct Sales copies of this comic, released first, contained a 1-800 phone number to either vote "for" or "against" the death of Jason Todd on the inside back cover. The newsstand copies, released 3 weeks later did not contain the 1-800 number.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. A Death in the Family Book Two of Four
    Batman
  2. 1. A Death in the Family (Chapter 3 & 4)
    Batman
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