Detective Comics #207

DC Comics

United States

Published
May 1954
Page count
44
Cover price
0.10 USD
Colour
Colour
Size
Standard size
Interior paper
Newsprint
Cover stock
Glossy colour
Binding
Saddle-stitched
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/11304

Credits

Editing
Whitney Ellsworth, editor

Issue contents Hide all

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

Featuring

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

Credits

Art
Win Mortimer, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer
Show/hide 1. Binky Says: "Welcome, Amigo!" (Binky) Public service announcement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Binky
Genre
Advocacy; teen
Characters
Binky Biggs

Credits

Writing
Jack Schiff, scripter
Art
Bob Oksner, line art
Text
Ira Schnapp, letterer

Notes

Inside front cover.

Show/hide 2. Batman the Magician! (Batman with Robin) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman with Robin
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Merko the Great (magician); Moriarity Gang (villains); Pete (villain); un-named gang "Boss" (villain)

Credits

Writing
Bill Finger, scripter (see notes)
Art
Sheldon Moldoff, penciller [signed as Bob Kane]
 
Charles Paris, inker
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer

Reprint history

Also printed
United Kingdom
Batman (Colour Comics, 1952 series) #61 ([June 1955?])
Batman the Magician
 
Australia
Batman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #61 ([June 1955])
Batman the Magician!
 
United Kingdom
Batman (Colour Comics, 1952 series) #61 ([June 1955?])
Batman the Magician
 
United States
Batman Annual (DC, 1961 series) #2 ([Winter] 1961)
Batman the Magician!
 
United States
Batman Annual (DC, 1961 series) #2 ([Winter] 1961)
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #2 ([December 1962?])
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #2 ([December 1962?])
Batman the Magician
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #2 ([December 1962?])
 
Australia
All Star Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #43 ([February 1967?])
Batman the Magician
 
Australia
All Star Adventure Comic (Colour Comics, 1960 series) #43 ([February 1967?])
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #21 ([October 1970?])
Batman the Magician
 
Australia
Giant Batman Album (Colour Comics, 1962 series) #21 ([October 1970?])
 
United States
DC Comics Classics Library: The Batman Annuals (DC, 2009 series) #1 (April 2009)
Batman the Magician!
From GCD
Original
Detective Comics 207, May 1954
This version
Batman Annual 2, 1961
From GCD
from Detective Comics #207 (May 1954)
 
from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 Series) #207

Synopsis

The great magician Merko is kidnapped by a gang "Boss", wanting him to find a way to remove a pair of handcuffs from his wrists that were put on him by a rival gang and which supposed contain explosives. Batman and Robin substitute for Merko and his assistant on stage until they get a lead to the whereabouts of Merko, and can save him.

Notes

Note from Anthony Tollin: Will Murray and I both believe that the 1954 "Batman the Magician" story in Detective Comics #207 is scripted by Gibson. Stylistically, it has the structure and parallel storylines common to his novels that were not usually found in Finger's scripts ... and it also shows a familiarity with real stage magic illusions that makes me suspect that this was one of the half-dozen Batman stories scripted by Gibson around that time. (The scriptwriter also clearly indicates that Batman has found his own, different ways of performing the illusions other than the ones regularly used by stage magicians ... which also makes me suspect that this was written by a real magician who did not want to explain/ruin the actual gimmicks performed by his fellow illusionists.) Also, even though editor Mort Weisinger was notorious for giving one writer's plots to another writer, I would think that he would want to have a story about stage magic written by the best writer to do it ... the real magician and former manager of the huge Blackstone touring show. I doubt if the person who ID'd the story as being by Finger was considering Gibson as a possibility.

Show/hide 3. No title recorded (Fleer's Dubble Bubble Gum) Advertisement, 0.5 pages

"I'm afraid of wild animals in these woods..."

Featuring

Feature
Fleer's Dubble Bubble Gum
Genre
Children

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Ray Thompson, line art [signed as Ray T.]
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer
Show/hide 4. Untitled (Casey the Cop) Comic story, 0.5 pages

"I'll play out in the field, fellows!"

Featuring

Feature
Casey the Cop
Genre
Humor
Characters
Casey the Cop

Credits

Writing
Henry Boltinoff, scripter
Art
Henry Boltinoff, line art [signed]
Colours
, colourist
Text
Henry Boltinoff, letterer

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Superman Presents Tip Top Comic Monthly (Colour Comics, 1965 series) #27 ([July 1967?])
Untitled
Show/hide 5. The Secret of the Flying Saucers! (Roy Raymond TV Detective) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Roy Raymond TV Detective
Genre
Detective-mystery
Characters
Roy Raymond

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
Ruben Moreira, line art [signed]
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer
Show/hide 6. Untitled (Jerry the Jitterbug) Comic story, 2 pages

"Hello. Yes, this is Jerry. Friday night?"

Featuring

Feature
Jerry the Jitterbug
Genre
Humor; teen
Characters
Jerry the Jitterbug

Credits

Writing
Henry Boltinoff, scripter [signed]
Art
Henry Boltinoff, line art [signed]
Colours
, colourist
Text
Henry Boltinoff, letterer
Show/hide 7. Beware the Sea Serpent! (Captain Compass) Comic story, 5.67 pages

Featuring

Feature
Captain Compass
Genre
Detective-mystery
Characters
Captain Compass [Mark Compass]

Credits

Writing
Otto Binder, scripter
Art
Joe Certa, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer
Show/hide 8. No title recorded (Scripto) Advertisement, 0.33 pages

Featuring

Feature
Scripto

Credits

Writing
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Art
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Colours
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Text
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Show/hide 9. Untitled (Annie Gram) Activity, 1 page

"PAID+R="

Featuring

Feature
Annie Gram

Credits

Writing
Martin Naydel, scripter
Art
Martin Naydel, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
Martin Naydel, letterer
Show/hide 10. Meet a Killer Text article, 2 pages

Featuring

Genre
Non-fiction

Credits

Writing
Jack Miller, author [credited as Joseph Macready]
Art
, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, typeset
Show/hide 11. Untitled (Quick Quiz) Activity, 0.5 pages

"Why was the White House in Washington painted white?"

Featuring

Feature
Quick Quiz

Credits

Writing
Horace Elmo, scripter [as H. T. Elmo]
Art
Horace Elmo, line art [as H. T. Elmo]
Colours
, colourist
Text
Horace Elmo, letterer [as H. T. Elmo]

Reprint history

Also printed
Australia
Batman (Colour Comics, 1950 series) #51 ([August 1954])
Untitled

Notes

Script credit by Craig Delich.

Show/hide 12. Editorial Advisory Board Promo (ad from the publisher), 0.5 pages

Credits

Writing
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Colours
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Text
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Show/hide 13. Conjurers of Crime! (Mysto Magician Detective) Comic story, 8 pages

Featuring

Feature
Mysto Magician Detective
Genre
Detective-mystery
Characters
Mysto

Credits

Writing
Bill Woolfolk, scripter
Art
Leonard Starr, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, letterer

Notes

Woolfolk credit from Martin O'Hearn at http://martinohearn.blogspot.com/.

Show/hide 14. The Line of Stars Presents (Tomahawk) Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Tomahawk

Credits

Writing
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Art
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Colours
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Text
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Show/hide 15. No title recorded (Jowett Institute of Physical Training) Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Jowett Institute of Physical Training

Credits

Writing
, scripter
Art
, line art
Text
, typeset

Notes

Inside back cover.

Show/hide 16. No title recorded (Tootsie Roll) Advertisement, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Tootsie Roll

Credits

Writing
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Art
, line art
Colours
, colourist
Text
, typeset

Notes

Back cover.


Notes

On-sale date from copyright registration.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 38240

Cover added

  • 14/05/2010

Index completed

  • 06/03/2020

Last updated

  • 06/03/2020