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Samuel Emerson 'Slam' Bradley

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A non-costumed detective-hero, Slam Bradley appeared from the earliest issue of Detective Comics to the mid-40s. He was a kind of proto-Batman in the sense that he tended to follow criminal trails in a more violent way than one would have expected of a Sherlock Holmes. He could easily walk into the pages of Sin CIty today and make Frank Miller proud. Or he could do as he's actually done: come back from a 60-year-old sleep, relocate from Cleveland to Gotham CIty, and fall in love with Catwoman. After a few brief appearances in the eighties, he began appearing regularly again in the pages of Catwoman following the "Trail of the Catwoman" miniseries. Aside from his decades-old commitment to finding criminals the hard way, he's recently been seen vying for the romantic affections of Catwoman, as well as being the narrative character of Darwyn Cooke's Solo outing.

It has been speculated by many contemporary and modern sources that Slam was replaced by Roy Raymond in the pages of Detective Comics because of the ongoing legal battle DC was having with Slam's creators, Siegel and Shuster. Already embroiled in a fight over Superman, they didn't want the same thing to happen over Slam. As he'd managed to lead Detective for 26 issues before the arrival of Batman, he was certainly a popular character at the time, and his abrupt departure from the book was indeed somewhat suspicious.

Some comic scholars posit that he is the original Earth-1 hero, since there's never any evidence in any of his strips to the contrary. A moot point in the post-CRISIS world? Perhaps, but he does probably serve as a prime example of how the terms "Golden Age" and "Earth-2" are not synonymous.

First Appearance: Detective Comics (1937) #1

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Action Comics (1938)

Batman Black and White (2013)
Batman-klassikot (1989)
Batman-Sonderausgabe (1981)
Batman: Ego and Other Tails (2007)
Batman: The Golden Age Omnibus (2015)
Catwoman (2002)
Catwoman Secret Files and Origins (2002)
Catwoman: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Catwoman: Selina's Big Score (2002)
Catwoman: The Movie and Other Cat Tales (2004)
Convergence Infinity Inc. (2015)
Convergence: Infinite Earths (2015)
Cover Run: The DC Comics Art of Adam Hughes (2010)
DC Archiv Edition (1998)
DC Comics Colección Novelas Gráficas (2016)
DC Comics Graphic Novel Collection [GER] (2015)
Detective Comics (1937)
Flashback Golden Age Comic Reprints (1970)
Giant Batman Album (1962)
Gotham Central (2003)
Identity Crisis (2004)
Klassiker der Comic-Literatur (2005)
Legends of the Dark Knight [I] (2012)
Legends of the Dark Knight [II] (2012)
Legends of the Dark Knight: Alan Davis (2012)
Scooby-Doo Team-Up (2014)
Scooby-Doo! Team-Up (2013)
Superman (1987)
Superman: Dark Knight Over Metropolis (2013)
The DC Comics Encyclopedia (2004)
The New York World's Fair Comics (1939)
Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe (1985)
Who's Who: Update '87 (1987)

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