197 – Two-Face!

Detective Comics #66 (June 1942) saw the introduction of another great macabre Batman villain: Two-Face! This origin story features everything: Handsome public defender, angry criminal court scene, acid splash and then a psychotic break into a supervillain with a fascination for the number 2. The only difference from the modern day version is that he […]

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195 – Bat-Nesting

Not to be out-done by Superman’s nesting, Batman #12 (June 1942) continues to deepen the Batman mythos by offering two glimpses into how Bruce Wayne celebrates his mission against crime (which is really an excuse to adventure in tights, at this point): A Hall of Trophies and a detailed glimpse at the secret lair, which […]

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178 – The Penguin

Yet another iconic Batman villain makes his debut this year, with The Penguin in Detective Comics #58 (October 1941). Um… he looks like a penguin. He wears a monocle and a top-hat. He uses umbrellas to commit crimes. That’s about all I can really say about him from this story.

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173 – Green Arrow!

More Fun Comics #73 (September 1941), brought the debut of two new DC characters that are still having adventures to this day, 78 years later, including having adventures on the big and the small screens. Green Arrow, aka Oliver Queen, was created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp. He was a shallow copy of Batman, […]

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172 – The Big Two Meet

In All-Star Comics #7 (August 1941), we finally see an in-story meeting of Batman and Superman. The Justice Society of America decides to raise a million dollars for the world’s war children. At the end of the story, Johnny Thunder wishes in the honorary members of the JSA: Superman, Batman and the Flash, who bring […]

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171 – The Scarecrow

Batman’s villain gallery continues (by far!) to be the most interesting one of the Golden Age of Comics. In World’s Finest Comics #3 (August 1941), The Scarecrow is introduced. Jonathan Crane, obsessed with fear since childhood, becomes a professor of psychology and an object of ridicule by other professors. His mind twisted, he decides to […]

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155 – Bat-Man, Bad-Ass

Although Batman #5 (April 1941), features another tale of Bat-silliness with dragons, giants and flying carpets, it also features a separate story in which Batman finds the near-lifeless body of Robin, beaten up by criminals. He experiences terrible feelings of rage and vengeance; a dramatic departure from his silent, mysterious, and almost dispassionate first year […]

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146 – Julie Breaks It Off

Sorry Bruce, but you’ve been hanging out with the boy too much and you won’t pick up the phone at night. Julie Madison breaks off the engagement to Bruce Wayne (Batman) in Detective Comics #49 (January 1941). This is the last appearance of Julie Madison in the Golden Age. Presumably she did well with her […]

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