Batman: The Strange Deaths of Batman

DC Comics

United States

Published
[January] 2009
Page count
164
Cover price
19.99 USD; 22.99 CAD
Colour
Colour
Format
Comic series
GCD
www.comics.org/issue/565365

Credits

Editing
Bob Joy (Editor, Collected Edition)

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

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne] (as tombstone statue); Riddler; Poison Ivy; Scarecrow; Lex Luthor; Catwoman; Joker

Credits

Pencils
Jim Aparo (main image)
Greg Land (image behind the title)
Inks
Jim Aparo (main image)
Drew Geraci (image behind the title)
Letters
typeset
Editing
Bob Joy (Editor, Collected Edition)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #291 (September 1977)

Notes

The illustration behind the title is a panel from Nightwing (DC, 1996 series) #52.

Show/hide 1. The Strange Deaths of Batman Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 1 page

Featuring

Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Two-Face

Credits

Pencils
Carmine Infantino (main image)
John Calnan (background image)
Inks
Joe Giella (main image)
Tex Blaisdell (background image)
Letters
typeset

Notes

Frontispiece. The main image is from the splash page of Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #347 and the background image is from a panel from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #291.

Show/hide 2. The Strange Deaths of Batman Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 2 pages

Featuring

Characters
Joker; Batman [Bruce Wayne]

Credits

Pencils
John Calnan
Inks
Tex Blaisdell
Letters
typeset

Notes

Title page. Background illustration from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #294.

Show/hide 3. Untitled Foreword, introduction, preface, afterword, 1 page

Featuring

Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Catwoman

Credits

Pencils
John Calnan
Inks
Tex Blaisdell
Letters
typeset

Notes

Table of contents. Both images from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #291.

Show/hide 4. The Strange Death of Batman! (Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder) Comic story, 14 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman with Robin the Boy Wonder
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Bouncer; Gardner Fox; Superman; Atom [Ray Palmer]; Aquaman; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Flash [Barry Allen]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Batman [Bruce Wayne] (of Earth-2); Alfred Beagle (of Earth-2)

Credits

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Joe Giella
Colours
? (original color)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Editing
Julius Schwartz (Original Editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Detective Comics (DC, 1937 series) #347

Synopsis

Batman and Robin put an end to the crime spree of the Bouncer by taking away his costume's properties of elasticity. But writer Gardner Fox wonders how the story would have turned out differently if Batman had been killed by the Bouncer and Robin had had to come up with a way to neutralize the Bouncer's abilities.

Notes

Pages 9 and 14 are each 2/3 pages. Drew Moore credit from the artist.

Show/hide 5. Robin's Revenge (Superman and Batman and Robin) Comic story, 16 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman and Batman and Robin
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Superman; Batman [Bruce Wayne; also as Golden Gloves]; Robin [Dick Grayson; also as Rick Danner]; Automator [David Gregor]; Flash [Barry Allen]; Green Arrow [Oliver Queen]; Aquaman; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Green Lantern [Hal Jordan]; Batgirl [Barbara Gordon]; Commissioner Jim Gordon; Perry White; Lois Lane; Jimmy Olsen; Alfred Pennyworth

Credits

Script
Cary Bates
Pencils
Curt Swan
Inks
Jack Abel
Colours
? (original color)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Editing
Mort Weisinger (Original Editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #184

Synopsis

After the Automator kills the Batman, Robin devotes the next ten years of his life to hunting down the killer. When the thief dubbed Golden Gloves starts operating using technology strikingly similar to the Automator's, Superman and Robin investigate and discover that Golden Gloves isn't the Automator, but a brainwashed Batman, who was actually teleported away ten years ago by the Automator, whom they finally bring to justice.

Notes

An imaginary story. Page 9 is a 2/3 page and page 16 is a half-page. Drew Moore credit from the artist.

Show/hide 6. The Corpse That Wouldn't Die (Batman and the Atom) Comic story, 20 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman and the Atom
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Atom [Ray Palmer]; Commissioner Jim Gordon; Mr. Manton; Mrs. Manton; Howard Manton; Debbie Manton; Bugsy Cathcart; Army Eddie

Credits

Script
Bob Haney
Art
Jim Aparo
Colours
? (original color)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Letters
Jim Aparo
Editing
Murray Boltinoff (Original Editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Brave and the Bold, The (DC, 1955 series) #115

Synopsis

When Batman is electrocuted and declared brain dead while on the trail of the kidnapped Debbie Manton, the Atom must enter the detective's brain and reactivate it to finish the case and in doing so restores the Batman's brain to normal functioning.

Notes

Drew Moore credit from the artist.

Show/hide 7. Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?: The Testimony of the Catwoman! (Batman) Comic story, 17 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne; also as Two-Face]; Catwoman [Selina Kyle; also as Madame Claudine]; Joker; Riddler; Lex Luthor; Killer Moth; Scarecrow; Cavalier; Mr. Freeze; Colonel Jake van Cleeve; Spook; Mad Hatter; Poison Ivy; Signalman; Ra's Al Ghul; Captain Stingaree; Tweedle Dee?; Tweedle Dum?; Cody

Credits

Script
David V. Reed
Pencils
John Calnan
Inks
Tex Blaisdell
Colours
Jerry Serpe (original color)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Editing
Julius Schwartz (Original Editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #291 (September 1977)
Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?: The Testimony of the Catwoman!
Also printed
Australia
Batman and Robin (KG Murray, 1976 series) #11 ([July 1978?])
Where Were You on the Night Batman was Killed?: The Testemony of the Catwoman

Synopsis

When word spreads throughout the underworld that Batman has been killed, several villains take credit for the deed. So the villain community sets up a trial to test the various claims, with Ra's al Ghul acting as judge and Two-Face acting as prosecutor. First up is the Catwoman. But Two-Face finds the technical error in Catwoman's story and she is dismissed.

Notes

Batman is not revealed to be acting as Two-Face until the fourth part of the story. It is unclear whether Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum is the character shown in the gallery. Drew Moore credit from the artist.

Show/hide 8. Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?: The Testimony of the Riddler! (Batman) Comic story, 17 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne; also as Two-Face]; Riddler; Killer Moth; Joker; Lex Luthor; Captain Stingaree; Cavalier; Mad Hatter; Spook; Poison Ivy; Scarecrow; Signalman; Mr. Freeze; Ra's al Ghul; Commissioner Jim Gordon; John Sholes; Stefan Niros; Elena Niros

Credits

Script
David V. Reed
Pencils
John Calnan
Inks
Tex Blaisdell
Colours
Jerry Serpe (original color)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Letters
Milt Snapinn
Editing
Julius Schwartz (Original Editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #292 (October 1977)
Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?: The Testimony of the Riddler!
Also printed
Australia
Batman and Robin (KG Murray, 1976 series) #11 ([July 1978?])
The Testimony of The Riddler

Synopsis

It is the Riddler's turn to provide testimony in the murder of the Batman, but the prosecutor Two-Face finds the flaw in the Riddler's testimony, and he is also dismissed.

Notes

Drew Moore credit from the artist.

Show/hide 9. [Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?:] The Testimony of Luthor! (Batman) Comic story, 17 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne; also as Two-Face]; Lex Luthor; Superman; Mad Hatter; Poison Ivy; Spook; Scarecrow; Signalman; Mr. Freeze; Cavalier; Ra's al Ghul; Killer Moth; Cluemaster; Lois Lane; Sparky Grimes; Sam Hoxie; Captain Stingaree; Joker (off panel)

Credits

Script
David V. Reed
Pencils
John Calnan
Inks
Tex Blaisdell
Colours
Jerry Serpe (original color)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Letters
Ben Oda
Editing
Julius Schwartz (Original Editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #293 (November 1977)
[Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?:] The Testimony of Luthor!
Also printed
Australia
Batman and Robin (Murray, 1978 series) #12 ([September 1978?])
The Testimony of Luthor!
From GCD
from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #293

Synopsis

Lex Luthor's claim to have killed the Batman is refuted by surprise witness Superman, who convinces the jury that Luthor did not kill Batman, as he thought.

Notes

Drew Moore credit from the artist.

Show/hide 10. [Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?:] The Testimony of the Joker! (Batman) Comic story, 17 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne; also as Two-Face]; Joker; Ra's al Ghul; Mr. Freeze; Killer Moth; Poison Ivy; Mad Hatter; Spook; Scarecrow; Captain Stingaree; Cavalier; Cluemaster; Signalman; Batman [Jerry Randall]; Tweedle Dum; Tweedle Dee; Catwoman; Riddler; Lex Luthor; Superman; Two-Face; Commissioner Jim Gordon; Arkham Asylum

Credits

Script
David V. Reed
Pencils
John Calnan
Inks
Tex Blaisdell
Colours
Jerry Serpe (original color)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Letters
Ben Oda
Editing
Julius Schwartz (Original Editor)

Reprint history

First print
United States
Batman (DC, 1940 series) #294 (December 1977)
[Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?:] The Testimony of the Joker!
Also printed
Australia
Batman and Robin (Murray, 1978 series) #12 ([September 1978?])
 
Australia
Batman and Robin (Murray, 1978 series) #12 ([September 1978?])
Testimony of The Joker
From GCD
from Batman (DC, 1940 series) #294

Synopsis

The Joker testifies to the circumstances whereby he killed Batman, but when Two-Face demands that the Joker produce the photographic evidence he claims to have, a recess is called. After Two-Face leaves the court, he removes his disguise, revealing the Batman beneath. Having identified the real murderer, Batman confronts the Joker and sends him back to Arkham. Later, Batman confers with Commissioner Gordon and discusses how it was really Batman-admirer Jerry Randall in a Batman costume that the Joker had killed and how the trial was a ruse to discover who among the many claimants was actually responsible.

Notes

Drew Moore credit from the artist.

Show/hide 11. Buried Alive! (Superman and Batman) Comic story, 14 pages

Featuring

Feature
Superman and Batman
Genre
Superman
Characters
Superman; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Commissioner Jim Gordon; Robin [Dick Grayson]; Bob Tobias; Ed Wiley; Morgan Edge; Jimmy Olsen

Credits

Script
Gerry Conway
Pencils
Rich Buckler
Inks
Frank McLaughlin
Colours
Carl Gafford (original color)
Drew Moore (color reconstruction)
Letters
John Costanza
Editing
Jack C. Harris (Original Editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from World's Finest Comics (DC, 1941 series) #269

Synopsis

Superman and Robin are wondering where Batman is when Ed Wiley, wearing a shirt covered in TNT and standing on the top of Metropolis Bridge, announces he has captured Batman and demands ten million dollars ransom. After Wiley blows himself up, partially catching Robin in the blast, it is up to Superman to interpret Wiley's last words and find Batman, but the escape artist has already freed himself from being buried alive.

Notes

Drew Moore credit from artist.

Show/hide 12. The Prison (Batman) Comic story, 18 pages

Featuring

Feature
Batman
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Talia; Ra's al Ghul; Sora (in portrait)

Credits

Script
John Stanisci
Pencils
Sal Buscema
Inks
John Stanisci
Colours
Kevin Somers
Letters
Ken Lopez
Editing
Darren Vincenzo (Original Editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Batman Chronicles, The (DC, 1995 series) #8

Synopsis

Ra's al Ghul orders Talia to kill the Batman, but her love for the detective trumps her loyalty to her father.

Show/hide 13. Modern Romance (Nightwing) Comic story, 6 pages

Featuring

Feature
Nightwing
Genre
Superhero
Characters
Catwoman; Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Captain Marvel [Billy Batson]; Martian Manhunter; Barbara Gordon; Commissioner Jim Gordon; Wonder Woman [Diana]; Superman; Aquaman; Green Lantern [Kyle Rayner]; Flash [Wally West]; Nightwing [Dick Grayson]; Green Arrow [Connor Hawke]; Tempest [Garth]; Black Canary [Dinah Lance]; Huntress [Helena Bertinelli]; Atom [Ray Palmer]; Blockbuster [Roland Desmond]; Riddler; Catman; Poison Ivy; Harley Quinn; Scarecrow; Joker; Penguin; Mary Marvel

Credits

Script
Chuck Dixon
Pencils
Greg Land
Inks
Drew Geraci
Colours
Patricia Mulvihill
Jamison (separator)
Letters
John Costanza
Editing
Bob Schreck (Original Editor)
Michael Wright (Original Associate Editor)

Reprint history

From GCD
from Nightwing (DC, 1996 series) #52 [excerpt]

Synopsis

Catwoman dreams of what married life with Batman would be like.

Show/hide 14. Rest in Peace Promo (ad from the publisher), 1 page

Featuring

Characters
Batman [Bruce Wayne]; Lex Luthor

Credits

Pencils
John Calnan (background image)
Greg Land (lower image)
Inks
Tex Balisdell (background image)
Drew Geraci (lower image)
Letters
typeset

Notes

On back cover. Background illustration from splash page of Batman (DC, 1940 series) #293 and lower illustration from Nightwing (DC, 1996 series) #52.


Notes

The illustration behind the title is a panel from Nightwing (DC, 1996 series) #52.

Status

AusReprints ID

  • 40527

Cover added

  • 27/01/2010

Index completed

  • 27/01/2010

Last updated

  • 27/01/2010