Batman #238

United States

DC Comics

United States

Published
January 1972
Page count
100
Cover price
0.50 USD
Colour
Colour
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
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Show/hide Cover No title recorded Cover, 2 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Code
N-445
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Sargon the Sorcerer; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Plastic Man [Patrick "Eel" O'Brian]; The Doom Patrol [Negative Man [Larry Trainor]; Robotman [Cliff Steele]; Chief [Doctor Niles Cauldor]; Elasti-Girl [Rita Farr]]; Legion of Super-Heroes [Shadow Lass [Tasmia Mallor]; Colossal Boy [Gim Allon]; Phantom Girl [Tinya Wazzo]; Matter-Eater Lad [Tenzil Kem]; Shrinking Violet [Salu Digby]; Saturn Girl [Imra Ardeen]; Chameleon Boy [Reep Daggle]; Star Boy [Thom Kallor]; Timber Wolf [Brin Londo]; Bouncing Boy [Chuck Taine]; Mon-El [Lar Gand]; Superboy [Kal-El; Clark Kent]; Princess Projectra [Projectra Wind'zzor]; Invisible Kid [Lyle Norg]; Light Lass [Ayla Ranzz]; Cosmic Boy [Rokk Krinn]; Duo Damsel [Luornu Durgo]; Supergirl [Kara Zor-El; Linda Lee Danvers]; Elastic Lad [Jimmy Olsen]; Ultra Boy [Jo Nah]; Insect Queen [Lana Lang]; Brainiac 5 [Querl Dox]; Sun Boy [Dirk Morgna]; Dream Girl [Nura Nal]; Ferro Lad [Andrew Nolan]; Chemical King [Condo Arlik]; Kid Psycho [Gnill Opril]; Element Lad [Jan Arrah]; Lightning Lad [Garth Ranzz]]; The Legion of Super-Pets [Proty II (a member of the alien race Llorn); Beppo (monkey); Streaky (cat); Krypto (dog); Comet (horse)]

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Notes

The cover is a wraparound cover. The inside back cover has a key that lists all the superheroes featured on cover.

Show/hide 1. Table of Contents Table of contents, 1 page

Featuring

Code
N-443
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robotman [Cliff Steele]; Plastic Man [Patrick "Eel" O'Brian]; Sargon the Sorcerer; Atom [Al Pratt]; Aquaman [Arthur Curry]

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Synopsis

Table of Contents includes illustrations of heroes on left side.

Notes

Inside front cover.

Show/hide 2. The Masterminds of Crime! Comic story, 11.67 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Code
N-421
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne, Drexel]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Commissioner James Gordon; Dave Gregg (villain); Mr. Tolan (villain); Mrs. Marcy; Joe Webster (villain); Walls (villain)

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First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #70 (April-May 1952)
The Masterminds of Crime!
Also printed
Australia
Batman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #31 ([December 1952])
The Masterminds of Crime
 
United Kingdom
Batman (KGM, 1952 series) #31 ([March 1953?])
The Masterminds of Crime!
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #19 ([November 1969?])
The Masterminds of Crime
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #26 ([May 1973?])
The Masterminds of Crime

Synopsis

Batman disguises himself as the crook Drexel to infiltrate the Crime Academy.

Notes

Script credit from Martin O'Hearn; inks credit verified by Charles Paris. Indexing for source material credits Sam Rosen not Joe Rosen for letters. No letters credit in issue.

Show/hide 3. Chapter 1: The Origin of the Doom Patrol Comic story, 11.67 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Code
N-423
Characters
Doom Patrol [The Chief [Doctor Niles Caulder] (intro); Elasti-Girl [Rita Farr] (intro, origin); Negative Man [Larry Trainor] (intro, origin); Robotman [Cliff Steele] (intro, origin); Mitch (Movie Producer)]

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First print
United States
My Greatest Adventure (DC, 1955 series) #80 (June 1963)
The Doom Patrol [Chapter 1]
Also printed
Australia
Five-Score Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #70 ([March 1964])
The Doom Patrol [Chapter 1]
 
United States
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (DC, 1980 series) #19 (March 1982)
The Doom Patrol
 
United States
The Doom Patrol Archives (DC, 2002 series) #1 ([March] 2002)
The Doom Patrol (Chapter 1)

Synopsis

A mysterious man known only as the Chief calls three people who have all escaped certain doom but were left outcasts because of their experiences. He recounts their individual stories. He asks them to become the Doom Patrol, and their first mission is to defuse a bomb.

Notes

Origin and first appearance. Title from Table of Contents. Based on an interview with Bob Haney by Michael Catron in "The Comics Journal" #277-278, Arnold and Bob were co-writers on this story. [added by Greg Fischer on 1/2/08 with permission from Michael Catron]. The new team was going to be called "The Legion of the Strange" according to an announcement in the letters column in MGA 79.

Show/hide 4. Chapter 2: The Challenge of the Timeless Commander Comic story, 3.67 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Code
N-430
Characters
Doom Patrol [The Chief [Doctor Niles Caulder]; Negative Man [Larry Trainor]; Elasti-Girl [Rita Farr]; Robotman [Cliff Steele]]; General Immortus (intro, villain)

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First print
United States
My Greatest Adventure (DC, 1955 series) #80 (June 1963)
Chapter 2: The Challenge of the Timeless Commander
Also printed
Australia
Five-Score Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #70 ([March 1964])
[The Doom Patrol] Chapter 2: The Challenge of the Timeless Commander
 
United States
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (DC, 1980 series) #19 (March 1982)
The Challenge of the Timeless Commander
 
United States
The Doom Patrol Archives (DC, 2002 series) #1 ([March] 2002)
The Challenge of the Timeless Commander (Chapter 2)

Synopsis

The Chief informs the Doom Patrol of an alien spaceship that has landed on Earth carrying a super-weapon. General Immortus, spying on them, makes plans. The Doom Patrol are sent to protect the spaceship but encounter a strange machine.

Notes

Based on an interview with Bob Haney by Michael Catron in "The Comics Journal" #277-278, Arnold and Bob were co-writers on this story. [added by Greg Fischer on 1/2/08 with permission from Michael Catron].

Show/hide 5. Chapter 3: The Deadly Duel with Gen. Immortus Comic story, 8.67 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Code
N-431
Characters
Doom Patrol [The Chief [Doctor Niles Caulder]; Negative Man [Larry Trainor]; Elasti-Girl [Rita Farr]; Robotman [Cliff Steele]]; General Immortus

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Colours
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Letters
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Reprint history

First print
United States
My Greatest Adventure (DC, 1955 series) #80 (June 1963)
Chapter 3: The Deadly Duel with Gen. Immortus
Also printed
Australia
Five-Score Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1961 series) #70 ([March 1964])
[The Doom Patrol] Chapter 3: The Deadly Duel with Gen. Immortus
 
United States
DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest (DC, 1980 series) #19 (March 1982)
The Deadly Duel with Gen. Immortus
 
United States
The Doom Patrol Archives (DC, 2002 series) #1 ([March] 2002)
The Deadly Duel with Gen. Immortus (chapter 3)

Synopsis

After locating the super-weapon, the Doom Patrol is confronted by General Immortus, who takes the upper-hand.

Notes

Based on an interview with Bob Haney by Michael Catron in "The Comics Journal" #277-278, Arnold and Bob were co-writers on this story. [added by Greg Fischer on 1/2/08 with permission from Michael Catron].

Show/hide 6. Oh, Plastic Man! Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Code
N-424
Characters
Plastic Man [Eel O'Brian]; Woozy Winks; Captain Murphey [also known as Captain Murphy]; Officer Mike

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Synopsis

Woozy and Plastic Man set out to capture Eel O'Brian.

Notes

Woozy becomes Plastic Man's partner.

Show/hide 7. Guarding a Lion Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Code
N-426
Characters
Sargon the Sorcerer; Maxmillian O'Leary; Ted; Mike; Husky Grzrykzi

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Synopsis

Sargon must figure out who the mysterious person is who has been messing with the circus lion.

Notes

Credits from Richard Morrissey.

Show/hide 8. Danger in the Totem's Eye! Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Code
N-425
Characters
The Atom [Al Pratt]; Ridley (Villain); The Amazing Farads (Villain)

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Also printed
Australia
All Favourites Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #95 ([March 1973])
Danger in the Totem's Eye

Synopsis

Al Pratt goes to a museum to research Indian culture but ends up tracking down some robbers.

Notes

Unpublished Golden Age story intended for Flash Comics #105. Script credit from Roy Thomas on 16 November 2004.

Show/hide 9. The Aqua-Thief of the Seven Seas! Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Code
N-429
Characters
Aquaman [Arthur Curry]; Aqualad [Garth]; King Tai, Ruler of Timtu; Vuda, Prime Minister of Timtu

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Synopsis

Aquaman is falsely accused of stealing a chest of diamonds.

Show/hide 10. Part I: The Legion of Super-Outlaws! Comic story, 8.67 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Code
N-427
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Superboy [Kal-El; Clark Kent]; Shrinking Violet [Salu Digby]; Saturn Girl [Imra Ardeen]; Sun Boy [Dirk Morgna]; Chameleon Boy [Reep Daggle]; Invisible Kid [Lyle Norg]; Star Boy [Thom Kallor]]; Dr. Marden King; Heroes of Llalor [Beast Boy [Ilshu Nor]; Gas Girl [Tal Nahii]; Evolvo Lad [Sev Tcheru]; Life Lass [Somi Gan]; Duplicate Boy [Ord Quelu]]

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An evil scientist tricks the Heroes of Lallor into fighting the Legion.

Show/hide 11. Part II: The Battle of the Super-Teams! Comic story, 7.67 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Code
N-428
Characters
Legion of Super-Heroes [Superboy [Kal-El; Clark Kent]; Shrinking Violet [Salu Digby]; Saturn Girl [Imra Ardeen]; Sun Boy [Dirk Morgna]; Chameleon Boy [Reep Daggle]; Invisible Kid [Lyle Norg]; Star Boy [Thom Kallor]]; Dr. Marden King; Heroes of Llalor [Beast Boy [Ilshu Nor]; Gas Girl [Tal Nahii]; Evolvo Lad [Sev Tcheru]; Life Lass [Somi Gan]; Duplicate Boy [Ord Quelu]]

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The Heroes of Lallor turn on Marden King as they realize that they have been duped.

Show/hide 12. Mr. Roulette's Greatest Gamble Comic story, 9.67 pages

Featuring

Genre
Superhero
Code
N-422
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Vicki Vale; Commissioner James Gordon; Mel Hughes; Charley Denver; Mr. Roulette [Rigger Sims] (villain, introduction); "Soup" Drews (villain)

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First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #75 (February-March 1953)
Mr. Roulette's Greatest Gamble
Also printed
Australia
Super Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #38 ([August 1953])
Mr Roulette's Greates Gamble
 
Australia
Colossal Comic (Colour Comics, 1958 series) #41 ([May 1967?])
Mr. Roulette's Greatest Gamble
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #25 ([November 1972?])
Mr. Roulette's Greatest Gamble

Synopsis

Mr. Roulette has been gambling with his life but Batman and Robin try to stop him.

Notes

Script credit by Martin O'Hearn. Pencil credit verified by Dick Sprang. Inks credit verified by Charles Paris. Letterer credit by Martin O'Hearn and Joe Desris.

Show/hide 13. No title recorded Letters page, 1 page

Featuring

Code
N-442

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typeset

Notes

Letters of comment from Jay L. Zilber, Scott Gibson and Robert Wisniewski.

Show/hide 14. Key to the Super-Heroes Text article, 1 page

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Code
N-444

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Synopsis

A key that lists all the superheroes featured on the wrap-around cover.

Notes

Inside back cover listing and providing information on the cover-featured heroes.


Notes

This issue is also DC 100-Page Super Spectacular #DC-8.

On-sale date from copyright registration.

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