Batman #53
(June-July 1949)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price
0.10 USD
Pages
52
Indicia Frequency
bi-monthly
On-sale Date
1949-04-11
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand
A Superman DC Publication
Editing
Whitney Ellsworth (credited) (editor)

Issue Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

Batman and Robin / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
Jim Mooney
Inks
Ray Burnley
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

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

Indexer Notes

Penciler credit verified by Mooney, inker credit verified by Jack Burnley, and letterer credit by Martin O'Hearn and Joe Desris.

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

Roadmaster / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

A Hairpin, a Hoe, a Hacksaw, a Hole in the Ground! (Table of Contents: 2)

Batman and Robin / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Kane (Batman and Robin figures); Lew Sayre Schwartz
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [40's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; The Joker (villain); Lefty (Joker henchman); Commissioner James Gordon; Maharajah of Nimpah
Synopsis
Determined to prove himself as the greatest master of comedy ever, the Joker launches a series of crimes stealing seemingly worthless items, while Batman and Robin try to uncover a pattern to the crimes.
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Indexer Notes

Penciler credits verified by Schwartz, inker credit verified by Paris, and letterer credit by Martin O'Hearn and Joe Desris.

Script used on Batman TV show.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Kellogg's Shredded Wheat / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Lightning Speed...Heroic Deed! (Table of Contents: 4) (Expand) /

Another Jim Wise "P-F" Sports Story; "P-F" Canvas Shoes / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Portrait of Doom! (Table of Contents: 5)

Batman and Robin / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane (Batman and Robin figures only); Lew Sayre Schwartz
Inks
Charles Paris
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [40's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; The Dapper Bandit [Frank Fabian] (villain, introduction); Carl Marlin (artist); Greta Marlin (Carl's wife); Commissioner James Gordon
Synopsis
Artist Carl Marlin captures the soul of a man when he paints a portrait of him. After painting Frank Fabian, Fabian kills Marlin, and then Fabian's portrait starts to change to show Fabian's evil side.
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Indexer Notes

Penciler credits verified by Schwartz, inker credit verified by Paris, and letterer credit by Martin O'Hearn and Joe Desris.

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

Daydream Mike and His Wonderful Bike!; Columbia / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editorial Advisory Board (Table of Contents: 7) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.5 page (report information)

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

Casey the Cop / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Henry Boltinoff (signed)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Pardon me, officer - Can you give me a hand?
Genre
humor
Characters
Casey the Cop

How Baseball Began (Table of Contents: 9)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Raymond Perry
Inks
Raymond Perry
Colors
Raymond Perry ?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction; sports

Indexer Notes

Colorist credit by Craig Delich.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Peg / comic story / 0.5 page (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
Henry Boltinoff (signed)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Telephone for you, Peg!
Genre
humor; teen
Characters
Peg

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Listerine Tooth Paste / advertisement / 0.5 page (report information)

Adventure of the Shipwrecked Pirates (Table of Contents: 12) (Expand) /

Ray-o-Vac / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Batman Under the Sea! (Table of Contents: 13)

Batman and Robin / comic story / 12 pages (report information)

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Jim Mooney
Inks
Jim Mooney
Colors
?
Letters
Ira Schnapp

Feature Logo
Batman with Robin - The Boy Wonder [40's face]
Genre
superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Phaeton (villain, introduction); Stack Hawley (villain, introduction); Theta (introduction, mermaid scientist); Sarin (introduction, ruler of the sea people)
Synopsis
While pursuing a villain on the ocean, Batman is thrown overboard and awakens to find himself in an undersea city with a race of mer-people who, to save Batman's life, have converted him into a mer-man!
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Indexer Notes

Pencils and inks credits verified by Jim Mooney to Craig Delich; we previously credited inks to Ray Burnley. Letters credit by Martin O'Hearn and Joe Desris.

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

Bazooka / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

Daffy & Doodle / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Lit-Win (signed)
Pencils
Lit-Win (signed)
Inks
Lit-Win (signed)
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The game warden!
Genre
humor
Characters
Daffy; Doodle

Ruining the Ransom Plan (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

"U. S." Royal; U. S. Bike Tires / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

At the Radar Station (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Adventures of Popsicle Pete / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

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

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 19) (Expand) /

Daisy B-B Guns / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Editing
Related Scans
Series Information
Table of Contents
  1. 0. [no title indexed]
    Batman and Robin
  2. 1. [no title indexed]
    Roadmaster
  3. 2. A Hairpin, a Hoe, a Hacksaw, a Hole in the Ground!
    Batman and Robin
  4. 3. [no title indexed]
    Kellogg's Shredded Wheat
  5. 4. Lightning Speed...Heroic Deed!
    Another Jim Wise "P-F" Sports Story; "P-F" Canvas Shoes
  6. 5. The Portrait of Doom!
    Batman and Robin
  7. 6. [no title indexed]
    Daydream Mike and His Wonderful Bike!; Columbia
  8. 7. Editorial Advisory Board
  9. 8. ["Pardon me, officer - Can you give me a hand?"]
    Casey the Cop
  10. 9. How Baseball Began
  11. 10. ["Telephone for you, Peg!"]
    Peg
  12. 11. [no title indexed]
    Listerine Tooth Paste
  13. 12. Adventure of the Shipwrecked Pirates
    Ray-o-Vac
  14. 13. Batman Under the Sea!
    Batman and Robin
  15. 14. [no title indexed]
    Bazooka
  16. 15. ["The game warden!"]
    Daffy & Doodle
  17. 16. Ruining the Ransom Plan
    "U. S." Royal; U. S. Bike Tires
  18. 17. At the Radar Station
    Adventures of Popsicle Pete
  19. 18. [no title indexed]
    Superboy
  20. 19. [no title indexed]
    Daisy B-B Guns
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