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Batman (1940) - #428
"A Death in the Family, Book Three, Chapter 5"
DC Comics


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  Writer(s):
Jim Starlin

Penciller(s):
Jim Aparo

Inker(s):
Mike DeCarlo

Colorist(s):
Adrienne Roy

Letterer(s):
John Costanza

Editor(s):
Dennis 'Denny' O'Neil
Dan Raspler

Cover Artist(s):
Mike Mignola
 

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Cover Date: Winter 1988
Cover Price: US $ 0.75

Issue Tagline:
The Batman was too late.
And now Robin lies in rubble, still, silent, shattered.

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 32 pages

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A Death in the Family (Batman)

Synopsis:
Batman arrives too late to stop the bomb from detonating. Searching through the rubble, Batman finds Jason's mother, who reveals a startling piece of information before she dies in his arms. Searching for Jason, Batman finds his lifeless body. Heartbroken, Batman returns to Gotham City to mourn his fallen friend. When he arrives however, he learns the shocking identity of Iran's new UN Emissary.

Reprinted/Collected in:
Batman (1940) TPB (10th Printing)
Batman (1940) TPB (11th Printing)
Batman (1940) TPB (13th Printing)
Batman (1940) TPB (1st Printing)
Batman (1940) TPB (2nd Printing)
Batman (1940) TPB (4th Printing)
Batman (1940) TPB (5th Printing)
Batman (1940) TPB (6th Printing)
Batman (1940) TPB (7th Printing)
Batman (1940) TPB (All Four Collector's Item Issues in One Volume)
Batman Sonderband (1989) #12
Batman: A Death in the Family (2011) TPB
Batman: Kuolema kulkee suvussa (1989) 1989-03
DC Comics Classics Library (2009) HC vol. 07
Robin: The Teen Wonder (2009) TPB

Notes:
Prior to the publication of this issue, the fates of Robin and his mother were unclear. DC set up a 1-900 number that readers could dial to vote on Robin's fate for $1.00 per call; the vote to kill Robin narrowly edged out the vote to have him found alive by Batman, resulting in the death of Jason Todd, Robin II.

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