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Batman (1940) - #1
"The Joker"
DC Comics


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Editor(s):
Whitney Ellsworth

Cover Artist(s):
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson
 

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Cover Date: Spring 1940
Cover Price: US $ 0.10

Issue Tagline: All Brand New Adventures of THE BATMAN and ROBIN, The Boy Wonder!

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 64 pages

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Synopsis:
Batman and Robin battle three members of their rogues' gallery for the first time, the Joker, Hugo Strange, and Catwoman.

Reprints/Collects:
Detective Comics (1937) #33

Reprinted/Collected in:
The Batman Chronicles (2005) TPB vol. 01
Batman From the Thirties to the Seventies (1971) HC
Batman: A Celebration of 75 Years (2014) HC
Batman: The Dark Knight Archives (1992) HC vol. 01
Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2005) TPB vol. 02
Catwoman: Nine Lives of a Feline Fatale (2004) TPB
The Dark Knight - Special DVD Issue (2008) #1
Famous 1st Edition (1974) F-5
The Great Comic Book Heroes (1965) HC
The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (1988) HC vol. 01
The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (1988) TPB vol. 01
The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (1988) TPB vol. 01
The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (1988) TPB vol. 02
The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told (1988) TPB vol. 02 (Warner Books Edition)
The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (1988) HC
The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (1988) TPB
The Joker: A Celebration of 75 Years (2014) HC
The Joker: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2008) TPB
Klassiker der Comic-Literatur (2005) #7
Millennium Edition:... (2000) Batman 1
Millennium Edition:... (2000) Batman 1 (Chromium Cover)
Stacked Deck: The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told (1990) HC

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"The Legend of the Batman - Who He Is and How He Came To Be" - Edit this story

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Writer(s):
Bill Finger

Penciller(s):
Bob Kane

Inker(s):
Bob Kane
Sheldon Moldoff - 'Shelly'

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Sheldon Moldoff - 'Shelly'

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An image for Batman (DC)(00 - Golden Age/Undefined Earth) exists Batman (DC)(00 - Golden Age/Undefined Earth)
An image for Joe Chill (DC) exists Joe Chill (DC)
An image for Martha Kane Wayne exists Martha Kane Wayne
An image for Thomas Wayne exists Thomas Wayne

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Synopsis:
The story of how Batman came to be.

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The two page origin sequence is from Detective Comics #33 & 34.

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"The Joker" - Edit this story

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Writer(s):
Bill Finger

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Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson

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Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson

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Jerry Robinson

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An image for Batman (DC)(00 - Golden Age/Undefined Earth) exists Batman (DC)(00 - Golden Age/Undefined Earth)
Joker (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre-Crisis)
An image for Robin (DC)(Golden Age/Undefined Earth) exists Robin (DC)(Golden Age/Undefined Earth)

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Synopsis:
The Joker announces his crimes over the radio, threatening to kill several men and steal valuable items from them.

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The first appearance of the Joker.

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"["Yippe-e! Hey-cut that out! Waho-o-o!"]" - Edit this story

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Writer(s):
Paul Gustavson

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Paul Gustavson

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"Professor Hugo Strange and the Monsters" - Edit this story

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Bill Finger

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Bob Kane

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Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson

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Jerry Robinson

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An image for Batman (DC)(00 - Golden Age/Undefined Earth) exists Batman (DC)(00 - Golden Age/Undefined Earth)
An image for Professor Hugo Strange exists Professor Hugo Strange

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Hugo Strange escapes from prison and injects inmates with a growth formula that changes them into monsters.

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"Strictly Publicity" - Edit this story

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Writer(s):
Gus Monroe

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Prose story.

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"[The Cat]" - Edit this story

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Bill Finger

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Bob Kane

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Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson

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Jerry Robinson

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An image for Batman (DC)(00 - Golden Age/Undefined Earth) exists Batman (DC)(00 - Golden Age/Undefined Earth)
An image for Catwoman (DC)(Golden Age/Undefined Earth) exists Catwoman (DC)(Golden Age/Undefined Earth)
An image for Robin (DC)(Golden Age/Undefined Earth) exists Robin (DC)(Golden Age/Undefined Earth)

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Robin goes undercover on a yacht trip to stop the robbery of an emerald necklace.

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This is the first appearance of the character that would later be known as Catwoman.

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"Two Aces" - Edit this story

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Writer(s):
George Shute

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Raymond Perry

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Prose story with illustrations.

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"["Gosh! And only ten cents!"]" - Edit this story

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Writer(s):
Bob Kane

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Bob Kane

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Bob Kane

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"Fantastic Facts" - Edit this story

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George Papp

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"The Joker Returns" - Edit this story

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Writer(s):
Bill Finger

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Bob Kane

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Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson

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Jerry Robinson

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An image for Batman (DC)(00 - Golden Age/Undefined Earth) exists Batman (DC)(00 - Golden Age/Undefined Earth)
James Gordon (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre Crisis)
Joker (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre-Crisis)
An image for Robin (DC)(Golden Age/Undefined Earth) exists Robin (DC)(Golden Age/Undefined Earth)

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Synopsis:
The Joker escapes from police custody and embarks on another series of murders.

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This story was originally written so as to kill off the Joker. However, after editorial review, a new ending was commissioned to suggest he lived.

The splash page of this story bears a striking resemblance to the cover of Detective #40, indicating that it may have been intended originally as the lead story for that title.

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