266 – First Batman Villain Team-up

In Batman #25 (August 1944), the Joker and the Penguin team up for the first time to try and foil Batman and Robin. By this time, Batman definitely had the most interesting rogues gallery of villains, so this team-up must have been pretty interesting to see!

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250 – Supporting Feature

Alfred the Butler becomes the first non-sidekick supporting character to get his own stories in Batman #22 (February 1944). Mostly focusing on Alfred’s bumbling attempts to be a successful detective, Alfred’s stories came long before Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen got their supporting stories in Superman comics.

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245 – Holy Continuity, Batman!

In Batman #21 (December 1943), we find the first instance of a comic referencing a minor event in its continuity from a previous month in a footnote. In fairness, the thinning of Alfred the Butler was an atypical event in comic history at this point, since the goal was to generally keep the same formula […]

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243 – Alfred Thins

Speaking of continuity problems in the DC universe, the writers of Batman comic book wanted Alfred to resemble the actor who played him in the Batman serial, William Austin. So they sent Alfred away on vacation, where he went to a health resort and slimmed down and grew a mustache.

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239 – Batman, Dick-less

Bruce Wayne loses ward-ship over Dick Grayson for the first time in Batman #20 (October 1943), a recurring story idea that comes up in later years. Dick’s shifty Uncle George and Aunt Clara come to claim him, take Bruce to court claiming his playboy ways are a bad influence, and then use the opportunity to […]

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235 – Two-Face No Mo?

Speaking of split personalities, Harvey Kent aka Two-Face is cured of his split personality in Detective Comics #80 (August 1943). Harvey reforms, wins his girl back, and has plastic surgery to fix the disfigurement. Like almost all comic “transformations”, this is mostly a temporary one, though I believe this is Two-Face’s last appearance in the […]

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229 – Batman, Jerry Robinson Style

Sometimes the art in Batman varied throughout mid 1943, as seen in this panel from Batman #18 (June 1943). Up to this point, the “house style” for Batman has been very close to the Bob Kane style, but it seems like Jerry Robinson felt the need to provide his own stamp on the Batman look. […]

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221 – Cousins Tweed

Batman’s rogue gallery of villains get two more additions in the form of Tweedledee and Tweedledum in Detective Comics #74 (February 1943), created by Don Cameron, who was busy in the DC Universe in 1942 and 1943! Dumfree Tweed and his cousin Deever Tweed look so much alike they are often mistaken for brothers… they […]

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218 – Enter the Butler

In Batman #16 (February 1943), a third character is introduced to the “Batman Family”: Alfred the Butler. He was created by Don Cameron. Alfred starts out as an overweight aspiring criminologist who stumbles onto Bruce Wayne’s secret identity. Batman and Robin accept Alfred into their lives. Alfred is the beginning of what I will call […]

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