"The Legend of the Batman - Who He is, and How He Came to Be"

1975-03

Main Details
Series
Volume 1
Issue F-5
Collects
Credits
Date 1975-03
Publisher
Location of Publication New York, New York
Genre Superhero
Format Softcover
Type Comic Book
Page Count 64
Language English
Characters
  • Batman (Bruce Wayne)(Earth 2)(Origin)
  • Robin (Dick Grayson)(Earth 2)
  • Major Bigsbe an' Botts
  • Ginger Snap
  • Antagonists:
  • Joe Chill (Flashback only)
  • The Cat (Selina Kyle) (Earth 2) (First appearance)
  • Hugo Strange
  • Joker (First appearance)
  • Supporting Characters:
  • Martha Wayne (Dies in flashback)
  • Thomas Wayne (Dies in flashback)
Story Location New Jersey: Gotham City
Notes This is an exact reprint of Batman # 1 Spring 1940. As an exact reprint it reproduces all advertising contained in the original. Readers are cautioned not to order products advertised in 1940.

Reprinted Issue:
Batman Vol 1 #1, June, 1940
1st Story: "The Legend of the Batman - Who He is, and How he Came to Be"
2nd Story: The Joker
3d Story: The Giants of Hugo Strange
4th Story: The Cat
5th Story: The Joker Returns
This issue reprints Batman #1 in it's entirety.
Batman chronologically appeared last in Batman #12. His actual last appearance was in Detective Comics #39. He appears next in Detective Comics #40.
Hugo Strange appeared last in Detective Comics #36. He appears next in Detective Comics #46.
James Gordon (Earth-Two) chronologically appeared last in Batman #32. He appears next in New York World's Fair Comics #2.
This issue features the first appearance of the Joker. The Joker makes a chronologically earlier appearance as the Red Hood as revealed in flashback in Detective Comics #168. He appears next in Batman #2.
This issue is the first appearance of Catwoman. She makes a chronologically earlier appearance in Batman #52 and The Brave and the Bold #197. She appears next in Batman #2.
Robin chronologically appeared last in Batman #12. His actual last appearance was in Detective Comics #39. He appears next in Detective Comics #40.
"The Giants of Hugo Strange" is also known as "Professor Hugo Strange and the Monters".
The asylum featured in "The Giants of Hugo Strange" is never identified as Arkham Asylum, however it is safe to assume that it exists as the Earth-Two counterpart to the moderately famous mental health facility.
Trivia:
This issue includes a two-page filler strip by Paul Gustavson entitled Major Bigsbee an' Bots. This story is also reprinted in Millennium Edition: Batman #1.
This issue includes a feature-text biography on Bob Kane, as written by editor Whitney Ellsworth.
This issue includes a two-page text story by George Shute and Raymond Perry entitled "Two Aces". This story is reprinted in Millennium Edition: Batman #1.
This issue includes a two-page humor strip by Ted Raye entitled "Ginger Snap". Ted Raye is a pen named occasionally used by Bob Kane.
This issue includes a one-page "Fast Facts" feature by George Papp.
The Catwoman is referred to only as the Cat in this issue.

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