(December 1974-January 1975)

DC, 1974 Series
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Volume
1
Price
1.00 USD
Pages
72
Indicia frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale date
1974-09-05
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Periodical Publications, Inc.
Brand
The Line of DC Super-Stars
Editing
E. Nelson Bridwell (collected edition); Whitney Ellsworth (original editor)
Color
Color
Dimensions
Tabloid
Paper Stock
Cardboard covers; Newsprint interior
Binding
Saddle-stitched

Issue Notes

The indicia incorrectly lists this issue as Vol. 1, #F-6, with a date of Feb.-Mar., 1975. The cover has the correct number of F-5 and reflects the correct date of December 1974-January 1975 (as confirmed by Comic Reader #110).

On-sale date from Comic Reader #110.


[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks
Bob Kane (signed); Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The inks credit was verified by Robinson.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

Script
Carmine Infantino
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Last February, The Batman lost a father...

Indexer Notes

Inside front cover. Memorializes Bill Finger.

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

Batman / cover reprint (on interior page) / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks
Bob Kane (signed); Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]
Reprints

Indexer Notes

This is an inner cover printed on glossy paper (the rest of the book is newsprint).

The inks credit was verified by Robinson.

Boys! G-Man Outfit (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

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

The Legend of the Batman - Who He Is and How He Came to Be! (Table of Contents: 4)

The Batman / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks
Bob Kane; Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Colors
?
Letters
Sheldon Moldoff
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne] (origin); Thomas Wayne; Martha Wayne; Joe Chill (unnamed)
Synopsis
Bruce Wayne's parent are murdered by a cheap crook, and young Bruce vows to avenge their deaths by warring on all criminals.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The background inks and letters credits were verified by Moldoff.

[The Joker] (Table of Contents: 5)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed); Jerry Robinson (see notes)
Inks
Bob Kane (signed); Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Colors
?
Letters
Jerry Robinson
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Once again a master criminal stalks the city streets...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Henry Claridge (Death); Jay Wilde (Death); Judge Drake (Death); The Joker (Villain; Introduction); Brute Nelson (Death)
Synopsis
Batman faces a new criminal who succeeds in killing famous men and stealing their prized possessions, leaving them all with "a smile" on their face!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

There is an earlier chronological appearance (and origin) of the Joker in Detective Comics #168.

Robinson verified with Gary Watson in July 2009 that he did some penciling (including the Joker's card on the splash page specifically), in addition to the background inks and lettering he already confirmed.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Major Bigsbe an' Botts / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Paul Gustavson
Pencils
Paul Gustavson
Inks
Paul Gustavson
Colors
?
Letters
Paul Gustavson
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Yippe-e! Hey-cut that out! Waho-o-o!
Genre
humor
Characters
Major Bigsbe; Botts
Synopsis
Having bought the Bar Q Ranch, Major Bigsbe decides to celebrate by shootin' off his pistols...and lands in jail!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

All Gustavson credits verified and courtesy of Terry Gustafson, Paul Gustavson's son.

[The Giants of Hugo Strange] (Table of Contents: 7)

Batman / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks
Bob Kane (signed); Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Colors
?
Letters
Jerry Robinson
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Already an almost legendary figure...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Professor Hugo Strange (Villain); unnamed monsters (Villains; Death); the Batplane
Synopsis
The Batman faces an arch criminal who has invented a serum to create a race of giant monsters, and nearly becomes one of them himself!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Oddity: Machine guns are mounted on the Batplane, which are used to kill.

The background inks and letters credits were verified by Robinson.

Strictly Publicity (Table of Contents: 8)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Guy Monroe
Colors
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre
detective-mystery
Characters
The Chief; Terry Gallant
Synopsis
Detective Terry Gallant proves to his Chief that the late Barton Barlow had killed himself with a gun in a most mysterious way.
Reprints

Meet the Artist! (Table of Contents: 9)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Whitney Ellsworth [as The Editor] (signed)
Pencils
? (photo)
Inks
? (photo)
Colors
?
Letters
typeset
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Readers, meet Bob Kane, creator of The Batman!
Genre
biography
Characters
Bob Kane (photo)
Synopsis
Biography of Batman creator Bob Kane.
Reprints

[The Cat] (Table of Contents: 10)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks
Bob Kane; Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Colors
?
Letters
Jerry Robinson
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Once more that eerie figure of the night...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; John Travers; Martha Travers; The Cat [Selina Kyle; also as Miss Peggs] (Villain); Denny
Synopsis
Batman and Robin take a trip aboard an exclusive yacht in order to prevent the theft of the Travers necklace at the hands of the Cat!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The Cat was later renamed Cat-Woman or Catwoman.

The background inks and letters credits were verified by Robinson.

The 'Big Six' Comics Magazines Still Lead the Field! (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

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

Two Aces (Table of Contents: 12)

text story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
George Shute
Pencils
Raymond Perry
Inks
Raymond Perry
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre
adventure
Characters
Lt. Bill Wayne; von Berket (villain; death)
Synopsis
Inventor Doctor Synce gets Navy flier Wayne to fly secret plans from Pensacola, Florida to the coast, when the pilot runs up against an old adversary and ace from years before.
Reprints

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

Ginger Snap / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Bob Kane [as Ted Raye]
Pencils
Bob Kane [as Ted Raye]
Inks
Bob Kane [as Ted Raye]
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gosh! And only ten cents!
Genre
humor
Characters
Ginger Snap; Uncle Zep
Synopsis
Uncle Zep takes Ginger to the soda shop for a soda, but ends up drinking way too many himself!
Reprints

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

Fantastic Facts / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
George Papp [as Geo. Papp] (signed)
Inks
George Papp [as Geo. Papp] (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth

First Line of Dialogue or Text
In Egypt they say "How are you sweating"? instead of "How is your health"?
Genre
non-fiction
Characters
Jack Dempsey
Synopsis
Contains facts about boxer Jack Dempsey, kangaroos and "greetings and salutations."
Reprints

The Joker Returns (Table of Contents: 15)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / comic story / 13 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks
Bob Kane; Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Colors
?
Letters
Jerry Robinson
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Once again that harlequin of hate..the Joker..brings grinning death...
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; James Gordon; Chief of Police Chalmers (Death); Edgar Martin (Death); The Joker (Villain)
Synopsis
The Joker escapes from prison to continue his rampage of death and to steal the famed Cleopatra necklace and Fire Ruby.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

As recounted in various sources, the Joker was supposed to die of his stab wound at the end of the story, but the editors decided this villain was too good to kill off, so the last panels were re-drawn to show him surviving. The last panel of the story, titled "Golden Rules for Robin's Regulars", introduces readers to "Robin's Code" of conduct.

The background inks and letters credits were verified by Robinson.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

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

Charlie Barnet Uses Home Recordo! (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Home Recording Co. / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bob Kane (signed)
Inks
Bob Kane (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman; Robin
Synopsis
Pin-up of Batman & Robin.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Reprinted from the original back cover.

The Line of DC Super-Stars (Table of Contents: 19)

illustration / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
typeset

Indexer Notes

Inside back cover.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20)

Batman / illustration / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Colors
?

Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman

Indexer Notes

Back cover. The figure of Batman from the cover, over a bat symbol.

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  2. 1. ["Last February, The Batman lost a father..."]
  3. 2. [no title indexed]
    Batman
  4. 3. Boys! G-Man Outfit
    The Crowell-Collier Publishing Co.
  5. 4. The Legend of the Batman - Who He Is and How He Came to Be!
    The Batman
  6. 5. [The Joker]
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  7. 6. ["Yippe-e! Hey-cut that out! Waho-o-o!"]
    Major Bigsbe an' Botts
  8. 7. [The Giants of Hugo Strange]
    Batman
  9. 8. Strictly Publicity
  10. 9. Meet the Artist!
  11. 10. [The Cat]
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  12. 11. The 'Big Six' Comics Magazines Still Lead the Field!
  13. 12. Two Aces
  14. 13. ["Gosh! And only ten cents!"]
    Ginger Snap
  15. 14. ["In Egypt they say "How are you sweating"? instead of "How is your health"?"]
    Fantastic Facts
  16. 15. The Joker Returns
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  17. 16. [no title indexed]
    Detective Comics
  18. 17. Charlie Barnet Uses Home Recordo!
    Home Recording Co.
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
  20. 19. The Line of DC Super-Stars
  21. 20. [no title indexed]
    Batman
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