The Batman Chronicles #1

United States

DC Comics

United States.

Published
[March] 2005
Page count
196
Cover price
14.99 USD; 19.99 CAD
Colour
Black & white
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/354708

Credits

Editing
Dale Crain (Senior Editor Collected Editions)

Issue contents Hide all

Show/hide Cover Untitled (Batman) Cover, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]

Credits

Editing
Dale Crain (Senior Editor Collected Editions)
Show/hide 1. Blank Page Comic story, 1 page

Notes

Inside front cover.

Show/hide 2. Batman Chronicles Volume One Credits, 2 pages

Credits

Letters
Typeset

Synopsis

Credits for the stories reprinted in this volume.

Show/hide 3. Detective Comics #27 (Batman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]

Credits

Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Typeset
Show/hide 4. The Case of the Chemical Syndicate (Batman) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
The Bat-Man [Bruce Wayne] (introduction); Commissioner James Gordon (introduction); Lambert; Steven Crane (death); Paul Rogers; Alfred Stryker (villain); Jennings (villain)

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane]
Inks
Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane]
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Bob Kane

Synopsis

In his first case, the Bat-Man investigates the murder of a chemical tycoon, discovering that one of his partners murdered him to steal the secret contracts that would leave him as the sole owner of the Apex Chemical Corporation.

Show/hide 5. Detective Comics #28 Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Crime

Credits

Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Fred Guardineer
Show/hide 6. Frenchy Blake's Jewel Gang (Batman) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
The Bat-Man [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner James Gordon; Gimpy; Frenchie Blake (villain)

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane]
Inks
Bob Kane [as Rob't Kane]
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Bob Kane

Synopsis

Using information obtained from a Police stool pigeon, the Bat-Man sets aim on one Frenchy Blake, leader of a notorious jewel theft ring.

Show/hide 7. Detective Comics #29 (Batman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Dr. Death (villain)

Credits

Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Typeset
Show/hide 8. The Batman Meets Doctor Death (Batman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; John P. van Smith; Doctor Death (villain; Intro); Jabah (villain; Intro; Death)

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Bob Kane

Synopsis

Dr. Death plans to use his new invention of a poisonous pollen extract on any wealthy person who refuses to pay him tribute.

Show/hide 9. Detective Comics #30 Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Crime

Credits

Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Fred Guardineer
typeset
Show/hide 10. The Return of Doctor Death (Batman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
The Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Mrs. Jones; Doctor Death (villain, as Ivan Herd); Mikhail [villain, Death)

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Bob Kane
Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Inks
Bob Kane
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Sheldon Moldoff

Synopsis

Thought dead in a fire in his home, Dr. Death has survived, but is in need of funds to re-establish himself, so he sets his sights on diamonds owned by a Mrs. Jones.

Show/hide 11. Detective Comics #31 (Batman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman; the Monk [villain]

Credits

Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Typeset
Show/hide 12. Batman vs. the Vampire Part 1 (Batman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Julie Madison (Bruce's girlfriend); Dr. Trent; the Monk (villain; Intro)

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Bob Kane
Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Inks
Bob Kane
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Sheldon Moldoff

Reprint history

First print
United States
Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #31 (September 1939)
Batman vs. the Vampire, Part 1
Also printed
Australia
Bumper Batcomic (Murray, 1978 series) #10 ([May 1978?])
Untitled [Batman Versus the Vampire, Part One]
 
Australia
Bumper Batcomic (Murray, 1978 series) #11 ([August 1978?])
Untitled [Batman Versus the Vampire, Part 2]
 
United States
Batman Archives (DC, 1990 series) #1 ([June] 1990)
Batman vs. the Vampire, Part 1

Synopsis

When Batman discovers Julie in a trance, he is advised by a doctor to take her to Hungary, where he faces a living vampire, who wishes to kill the Caped Crusader and feed Julie to his werewolves.

Show/hide 13. Detective Comics #32 Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Crime

Credits

Pencils
Fred Guardineer
Inks
Fred Guardineer
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Typeset
Show/hide 14. Batman vs. the Vampire Part 2 (Batman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Julie Madison; the Monk (villain; Death); Dala (villain; Intro; Death)

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Bob Kane
Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Inks
Bob Kane
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Sheldon Moldoff

Synopsis

Reaching Hungary with Julie, the Batman runs into another vampire, who wants to make a deal with him: if she shows him the Monk's hideout, will he kill him?

Show/hide 15. Detective Comics #33 (Batman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]

Credits

Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Typeset
Show/hide 16. The Batman Wars Against the Dirigible of Doom (Batman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne] (Origin); Thomas Wayne (Death); Martha Wayne (Death); Dr. Carl Kruger (villain; Death); The Scarlet Horde (villains; all Death)

Credits

Script
Bill Finger (pages 1,2)
Gardner Fox (pages 3-12)
Pencils
Bob Kane
Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Inks
Bob Kane
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Sheldon Moldoff

Synopsis

After learning how the Batman came into being as a crime fighter, he ceomes alarmed at the sudden appearance of deadly dirigibles whose occupants wish to rule the world.

Show/hide 17. Detective Comics #34 (The Crimson Avenger) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
The Crimson Avenger
Genre
Superhero
Characters
The Crimson Avenger

Credits

Pencils
Creig Flessel
Inks
Creig Flessel
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Creig Flessel
Show/hide 18. Peril in Paris (Batman) Comic story, 10 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Charles Maire; Karel Maire; Duc D'orterre (villain; Intro; Death)

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Bob Kane
Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Inks
Bob Kane
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Sheldon Moldoff

Synopsis

After Bruce Wayne runs into a man with no face, as the Batman he learns of a sinister man responsible for it, who wants the man's money and his sister.

Show/hide 19. Detective Comics #35 (Batman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Duc D'orterre [villain].

Credits

Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Typeset
Show/hide 20. The Case of the Ruby Idol (Batman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner James Gordon; Weldon; Wong; Sin Fang [Sheldon Lenox] (villain; Intro; Death)

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Inks
Bob Kane
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Sheldon Moldoff

Synopsis

The existence of a large ruby in the shape of a hideous figure leads to the death of one man and threatens the life of another, so the Batman enters the fray to battle a weird Hindu cult over it.

Show/hide 21. Detective Comics #36 (Batman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]

Credits

Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Typeset
Show/hide 22. Professor Hugo Strange (Batman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner James Gordon; Henry Jenkins; Officer Clancy; Professor Hugo Strange (villain; Intro)

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Inks
Bob Kane
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Jerry Robinson

Synopsis

After he witnesses the death of a G-Man and obtaining a clue as to the perpetrator, Hugo Strange, the Batman has to battle a deadly fog created by Strange that he uses to commit crimes.

Show/hide 23. Detective Comics #37 (Batman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]

Credits

Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson (?)
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Typeset
Show/hide 24. The Screaming House (Batman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Joey (Death); Turg (villain); Count Grutt (villain; Death)

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Inks
Bob Kane
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Jerry Robinson

Reprint history

First print
United States
Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #37 (March 1940)
The Screaming House
Also printed
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #237 (December 1971)
The Screaming House
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #24 ([May 1972?])
Untitled [The Screaming House]  (Untitled)
 
United States
Batman Archives (DC, 1990 series) #1 ([June] 1990)
The Screaming House

Synopsis

While passing by an old house, the Batman hears screams and rushes in to save a man, who he soon discovers is a crook that has been double crossing his boss and who kills the thugs torturing him so there will be no witnesses. Later, the Caped Crusader learns from the dying Joey that his boss is a big time smuggler, and he takes immediate steps to solve that problem.

Show/hide 25. Detective Comics #38 (Batman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]

Credits

Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Jerry Robinson
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Show/hide 26. Robin the Boy Wonder (Batman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson] (Intro; Origin); John Grayson (Intro; Death); Mary Grayson (Intro; Death); Mr. Haly; Boss Zucco [Anthony Zucco](villain; Intro); Blade (villain; Death)

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Jerry Robinson
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Jerry Robinson

Synopsis

Dick Grayson watches his parents die and overhears the killers confessing the point, and he decides to tip off the Police. However, the Batman intervenes to save the boy's life, and trains him to become his partner, Robin the Boy Wonder. Then the duo head out to gather evidence needed to put the criminals behind bars.

Show/hide 27. Batman #1 (Batman) Cover reprint (on interior page), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]

Credits

Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson (backgrounds, verified by Robinson)
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Typeset
Show/hide 28. The Legend of Batman--Who He Is and How He Came To Be (Batman) Comic story, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne] (origin)

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds, verified by Moldoff)
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Sheldon Moldoff (verified by Moldoff)

Synopsis

Bruce Wayne's parent are murdered by a cheap crook, and young Bruce vows to avenge their deaths by warring on all criminals.

Notes

Splash panel reprinted from DETECTIVE COMICS #34; rest of story reprinted from DETECTIVE COMICS #33.

Show/hide 29. The Joker (Batman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Henry Claridge (Death); Jay Wilde (Death); Judge Drake (Death); The Joker (Villain; Intro); Brute Nelson (Death)

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson (backgrounds, verified by Robinson)
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Jerry Robinson (verified by Robinson)

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!

Show/hide 30. The Giants of Hugo Strange (Batman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Professor Hugo Strange (Villain); un-named monsters (Villain; Death)

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson (backgrounds, verified by Robinson)
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Jerry Robinson (verified by Robinson)

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!

Show/hide 31. The Cat (Batman) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; John Travers; Martha Travers; The Cat [Selina Kyle, as Miss Peggs in story] (Villain); Denny.

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson (backgrounds, verified by Robinson)
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Jerry Robinson (verified by Robinson)

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!

Show/hide 32. The Joker Returns (Batman ) Comic story, 13 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; James Gordon; Chief of Police Chalmers (Death); Edgar Martin (Death); The Joker (Villain)

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson (backgrounds, verified by Robinson)
Greg Theakston (Black and White Reconstruction)
Colours
? (original colors)
Bob Le Rose (Color Reconstruction)
Daniel Vozzo (Color Reconstruction)
Letters
Jerry Robinson (verified by Robinson)

Synopsis

The Joker escapes from prison to continue his rampage of death and to steal the famed Cleopatra necklace and Fire Ruby.

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.

Show/hide 33. Untitled Promo (ad from the publisher), 2 pages

Credits

Letters
Typeset

Synopsis

Information on DC Archives and other DC Trade Paperbacks.

Show/hide 34. Blank Page Comic story, 1 page

Notes

Inside back cover

Show/hide 35. Untitled (Batman) Text article, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero

Credits

Author
Letters
Typeset

Notes

Back Cover


Status

AusReprints ID

  • 33527

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