Batman #1

DC Comics

United States

Published
Spring 1940
Page count
68
Cover price
0.10 USD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/724

Credits

Editing
Whitney Ellsworth

Issue contents Hide all

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

Featuring

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

Credits

Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Letters
typeset

Reprint history

From GCD
in Batman from the Thirties to the Seventies (Crown Publishers, Inc., 1971 series) #73-168329
in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5
in Batman: The Dark Knight Archives (DC, 1992 series) #1
in Millennium Edition: Batman No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) #nn
in Batman Chronicles, The (DC, 2005 series) #1

Notes

The background inks credit was verified by Robinson.

Show/hide 1. Boys! G-Man Outfit Advertisement, 1 page

Credits

Letters
typeset

Synopsis

Ad for winning prizes from the Crowell-Collier Publishing Co., Springfield Ohio.

Notes

Inside front cover. Also includes indicia.

Show/hide 2. The Legend of the 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); Thomas Wayne; Martha Wayne; Joe Chill (unnamed)

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Sheldon Moldoff (backgrounds)
Letters
Sheldon Moldoff

Reprint history

From GCD
from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #34 (December 1939) [splash panel]
from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #33 (November 1939) [rest of story]
in Great Comic Book Heroes, The (Dial Press, 1965 series) #nn
in Batman from the Thirties to the Seventies (Crown Publishers, Inc., 1971 series) #73-168329
in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5 (February-March 1975)
in Secret Origins of the Super DC Heroes (Crown Publishers, Inc., 1976 series) #nn
in Batman: The Dark Knight Archives (DC, 1992 series) #1
in Millennium Edition: Batman No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) #nn (February 2001)
in Batman Chronicles, The (DC, 2005 series) #1

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

Synopsis added by Craig Delich on 2008-10-30. The background inks and letters credits were verified by Moldoff.

Show/hide 3. 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
Jerry Robinson (see notes)
Inks
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Letters
Jerry Robinson

Reprint history

From GCD
in Great Comic Book Heroes, The (Dial Press, 1965 series) #nn
in Batman from the Thirties to the Seventies (Crown Publishers, Inc., 1971 series) #73-168329
in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5 (February-March 1975)
in Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told, The (DC, 1988 series) #nn ([December] 1988)
in Batman: The Dark Knight Archives (DC, 1992 series) #1
in Millennium Edition: Batman No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) #nn (February 2001)
in Batman Chronicles, The (DC, 2005 series) #1
in Joker: The Greatest Stories Ever Told, The (2008 series) #[nn]

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!

Notes

First line: "Once again a master criminal stalks the city streets -- a criminal weaving a web of death about him..." There is an earlier chronological appearance (and origin) of the Joker in Detective Comics #168. Synopsis added by Craig Delich on 2008-10-30. 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.

Show/hide 4. "Yippe-e! Hey-cut that out! Waho-o-o!" (Major Bigsbe an' Botts) Comic story, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Major Bigsbe an' Botts
Genre
Western; humor
Characters
Major Bigsbe; Botts

Credits

Script
Paul Gustavson
Art
Paul Gustavson
Letters
Paul Gustavson

Reprint history

From GCD
in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5 (February-March 1975)
in Millennium Edition: Batman No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) #nn (February 2001)

Synopsis

Having bought the Bar Q Ranch, Major Bigsbe decides to celebrate by shootin' off his pistols...and lands in jail!

Notes

Letterer credit added by Craig Delich on 2008-10-30.

Show/hide 5. The Giants of Hugo Strange (Batman) Comic story, 12 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Professor Hugo Strange (Villain); unamed monsters (Villain; Death); the Batplane

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Letters
Jerry Robinson

Reprint history

From GCD
in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5 (February-March 1975)
in Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told, The (DC, 1988 series) #nn [1]
in Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told, The (DC, 1989 series) #nn [1]
in Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told, The (Warner Books, 1989 series) #nn
in Batman: the Dark Knight Archives (DC, 1992 series) #1
in Millennium Edition: Batman No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) #nn (February 2001)
in Batman Chronicles, The (DC, 2005 series) #1

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!

Notes

First line: "While an innocent metropolis sleeps little does it realize that huge, terrifying man-monsters shall soon stalk the streets..." This story was originally prepared for Detective Comics #38, but with the introduction of Robin in that issue, the story [sans Robin] was published here. Oddity: Machine guns are mounted on the Batplane, which are used to kill. Synopsis added by Craig Delich on 2008-10-30. The background inks and letters credits were verified by Robinson.

Show/hide 6. Strictly Publicity Text story, 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Crime
Characters
The Chief; Terry Gallant

Credits

Author
Guy Monroe
Letters
typeset

Reprint history

From GCD
in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5 (February-March 1975)
in Millennium Edition: Batman No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) #nn (February 2001)

Synopsis

Detective Terry Gallant proves to his Chief that the late Barton Barlow had killed himself with a gun in a most mysterious way.

Notes

Synopsis and characters added by Craig Delich on 2008-10-30.

Show/hide 7. Meet the Artist! Biography (nonfictional), 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Fact
Characters
Bob Kane (photo)

Credits

Script
Whitney Ellsworth (signed as The Editor)
Art
? (photo)
Colours
? (photo shaded in magenta)
Letters
typeset

Reprint history

From GCD
In Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5 (February-March 1975)

Synopsis

Biography of Batman creator Bob Kane.

Notes

First line: "Readers, meet Bob Kane, creator of THE BATMAN!"

Show/hide 8. 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; Miss Peggs; Catwoman] (introduction, villain); Denny

Credits

Script
Bill Finger
Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson (backgrounds)
Letters
Jerry Robinson

Reprint history

From GCD
in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5 (February-March 1975)
in Batman: the Dark Knight Archives (DC, 1992 series) #1
in Millennium Edition: Batman No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) #nn (February 2001)
in Batman Chronicles, The (DC, 2005 series) #1
in Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told, The (DC, 1989 series) #2
in Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told, The (Warner Books, 1989 series) #2

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!

Notes

First line: "Among the guests walks a young steward..." The Cat was later renamed Cat-Woman or Catwoman in next issue; earlier chronological appearance was in issue #52 and in Brave and the Bold #197. Synopsis added by Craig Delich on 2008-10-30. The background inks and letters credits were verified by Robinson.

Show/hide 9. The 'Big Six' Comics Magazines Still Lead the Field! Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Featuring

Genre
Superhero; science fiction
Characters
Superman; Sandman; Ultra-Man; Spectre; Flash; Batman

Credits

Art
? (various)
Letters
?
typeset

Reprint history

From GCD
in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5

Synopsis

Illustrated promotional ad for Action Comics, Adventure Comics, Detective Comics, More Fun Comics, Flash Comics, and All-American Comics, and their headline features.

Notes

Sequence and all information added by Craig Delich 2008-10-30.

Show/hide 10. Two Aces Text story, 2 pages

Featuring

Genre
Adventure
Characters
Lt. Bill Wayne; von Berket (villain; death)

Credits

Author
George Shute
Art
Raymond Perry
Colours
Raymond Perry
Letters
typeset

Reprint history

From GCD
in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5 (February-March 1975)
in Millennium Edition: Batman No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) #nn (February 2001)

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.

Notes

Colorist added by Craig Delich on 2006-09-24. Synopsis and characters added by Craig Delich on 2008-10-30.

Show/hide 11. "Gosh! And only ten cents!" (Ginger Snap) Comic story, 2 pages

Featuring

Feature
Ginger Snap
Genre
Gag
Characters
Ginger Snap; Uncle Zep

Credits

Script
Bob Kane [as Ted Raye]
Art
Bob Kane [as Ted Raye]
Letters
Bob Kane ?

Reprint history

From GCD
in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5 (February-March 1975)
in Millennium Edition: Batman No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) #nn (February 2001)

Synopsis

Uncle Zep takes Ginger to the soda shop for a soda, but ends up drinking way too many himself!

Notes

Synopsis and characters added by Craig Delich on 2008-10-30.

Show/hide 12. "In Egypt they say "How are you sweating"? instead of "How is your health"?" (Fantastic Facts) Comic story, 1 page

Featuring

Feature
Fantastic Facts
Genre
Fact
Characters
Jack Dempsey

Credits

Art
George Papp [signed as Geo. Papp]

Reprint history

From GCD
in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5 (February-March 1975)
in Millennium Edition: Batman No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) #nn (February 2001)

Synopsis

Contains facts about boxer Jack Dempsey, kangaroos and "greetings and salutations."

Show/hide 13. 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)
Letters
Jerry Robinson

Reprint history

From GCD
in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5 (February-March 1975)
in Batman: the Dark Knight Archives (DC, 1992 series) #1
in Millennium Edition: Batman No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) #nn (February 2001)
in Batman Chronicles, The (DC, 2005 series) #1

Synopsis

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

Notes

First line: "Once again that harlequin of hate..the Joker..brings grinning death to a terrified people..." 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. Synopsis added by Craig Delich on 2008-10-30. The background inks and letters credits were verified by Robinson.

Show/hide 14. Untitled (Batman) Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Featuring

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

Credits

Pencils
Bob Kane
Inks
Jerry Robinson
Letters
typeset

Reprint history

From GCD
in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5

Synopsis

Promotional ad for Detective Comics #40, whose cover is shown here.

Notes

Sequence and all information added by Craig Delich on 2008-10-30.

Show/hide 15. Charlie Barnet Uses Home Recordo! Advertisement, 1 page

Credits

Letters
?
typeset

Reprint history

From GCD
in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5 (February-March 1975)

Notes

Advertisement for making your own records at home, from Home Recording Company, New York, N.Y. Appears on the inside back cover.

Show/hide 16. Untitled (Batman and Robin) Illustration, 1 page

Featuring

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

Credits

Art
Bob Kane

Reprint history

From GCD
in Famous First Edition (DC, 1974 series) #F-5 (February-March 1975)
in Millennium Edition: Batman No. 1 (DC, 2001 series) #nn

Synopsis

Pin-up of Batman & Robin.

Notes

Found on the back cover. Made to cut out and frame.


Notes

Indicia: Batman No. 1 Spring 1940 Issue

Published quarterly by DETECTIVE COMICS, INC. 480 Lexington Avenue, New York, N. Y.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 39270

Cover added

  • 21/09/2011

Index completed

  • 21/09/2011

Last updated

  • 21/09/2011