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Detective Comics (v1) #27 [A Story]

"The Case of the Chemical Syndicate"
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Detective Comics (v1) #27 [A Story]
Universe:   Earth-Two 
Editor: Vincent Sullivan
Writer: Bill Finger
Penciler: Bob Kane
Cover Artist : Bob Kane
Cover Date : May 1939
On Sale Date: April 1939
Story Arc: -
Pages: 6
Cover Price : $0.10
Users Read: 100 Users Rated: 64
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Action Comics (v1) #12 [A Story]
Action Comics (v1) #12 [H Story]
Detective Comics (v1) #27 [A Story]
Detective Comics (v1) #27 [C Story]
Detective Comics (v1) #27 [F Story]
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The Bat-Man! A mysterious and adventurous figure fighting for justice, looks for a killer who's after four businessmen involved in a contract.
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Batman First Appearance
  Batman next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #28 [A Story].

Supporting Characters
  Alfred Stryker First Appearance
  This is Alfred Stryker's only appearance.

  Commissioner Gordon First Appearance
  Commissioner Gordon next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #28 [A Story].

  Jennings First Appearance
  This is Jennings's only appearance.

Other Characters
  Lambert First Appearance
  This is Lambert's only appearance.

  Lambert, Jr. First Appearance
  This is Lambert, Jr.'s only appearance.

  Paul Rogers First Appearance
  This is Paul Rogers's only appearance.

  Steven Crane First Appearance
  This is Steven Crane's only appearance.

Group Appearances
Gotham City Police Department
Gotham City Police Department next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #28 [A Story].
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Batman's Utility Belt
Batman's Utility Belt next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #28 [A Story].
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  Alex Daily Says:    
  2017-11-10 07:12:21  
  In contrast with Action Comics #1, where the whole thing of Superman was there, just unpolished, it's almost shocking how little of the Batman story as we know it today is present here.  

  go2shaw Says:    
  2017-11-10 10:39:26  
  Extra star for the historical significance of this story! Best Bat-Man story ever? Nope...but without it, who knows what would have happened with the character.  

  owenneil Says:    
  2017-11-12 23:45:18  
  There is a lot to unpack in this, but my biggest takeaway is that this man must have the largest Guinea pigs in the world.  

  Ice Says:    
  2017-12-08 10:45:10  
  The "Bat-Man"! Definitely rocking that classic Danny Elfman Batman score for this one. There's a lot going on here from Finger and Kane. Kane's art is servicable and Finger's script is not bad for the era. I'd first read some Bill Finger work while reading the Marvel Expanded Order. He was a talented guy, so I'm looking forward to reading some more here. The actual Chemical Syndicate story isn't all that exciting in the details, but the way it's told and shown by Finger and Kane is pretty exciting. That costume certainly is strikingly different from anything else DC and their contemporaries were putting out in the era.

As far as major debuts go, this one was, in my opinion, a little weaker than Action Comics #1, but still really fun to read for the first time.

I like that it starts with Jim Gordon and Bruce being friendly. That's a relationship that'll grow over the decades! Batman's origin is non-existent, basically. They didn't even really talk about Bruce Wayne's public identity or his vast wealth all that much. So, there's a lot to be filled in there.

It's good to have Bats in the order! Detective Comics was getting a little thin with Slam Bradley's goofy adventures and the snoozefest that is the other stories, so I'm very glad to have the second member of the DC trinity established in the order.

  Russ Says:    
  2017-12-31 16:22:24  
  So, we have mystic crimefighters, stage magicians with real magic powers, and a super-strong guy in a circus costume. What's next, a guy dressed up as a bat?

Why yes, that'll do nicely. Welcome to the DC order, Bat-Man.

The story itself isn't that much, though. It does utilize many elements of the pulp stories from which Bat-Man is clearly influenced by. There's one element here that probably wasn't too prevalent in the pulp stories but likely influenced by the Superman strip: securing a physical clue to the solution of the crime by literally beating it off a henchman (done off-panel and confirmed by Batman himself on the first panel of the final page). There's things we've seen a number of times but this was groundbreaking stuff in 1939.

A couple of things did strike me about this story though. (1) apparently Batman has seen some action prior to this story; as Commissioner Gordon mentions him in the first page before he's even seen in the story. (2) Batman is directly responsible for Stryker's death; at this point he has no compunctions about killing a foe.

4 stars. Historically important story, and a nice teaser at the end to reveal who the Batman really is!

  thatsAgoodONE11 @ Alex Daily (original post):    
  2018-01-04 23:01:21  
  I am actually surprised at the things in this that are still around. We have Commissioner Gordon, a sort of batmobile (it's just a red car), Batman creeping on those bad guys out of the moonlight, Batman solving a mystery, and the police shooting at him. Even the suit (minus those cool gloves) is pretty similar to what we have now.  

  thatsAgoodONE11 Says:    
  2018-01-04 23:11:17  
  This is what I have been waiting for since starting the DCRO! Batman is my all-time favorite comic book character. There are so many Batman stories considered among the greatest comics of all time and it is humbling to read how it all started here in Detective #27. The Batman of today would never be as careless to throw a guy in an acid tank, but as I commented above, I still think there are a lot of aspects that are still around today. What isn't there is a villain or sidekick, which I think Batman has the best of both groups.

The story is alright. We see Batman solving a mystery, which helps establish him as the master detective. There is also the cool reveal of Bruce Wayne being Batman, as opposed to other comics, which would just tell you in a sentence at the top of the page, like the Crimson Avenger.

Let's be real, I was going to give this a '5' no matter what. Bruce Wayne could have been taking a dump for 6 pages and whispered, "I'm Batman" on the last panel and I would still give this a '5' for the first appearance. I won't be this lenient going forward, but I am so ecstatic to go through the history of my favorite character!


  Dargone Says:    
  2018-04-14 09:39:42  
  First appearance of Batman! Gets five stars simply because of historical significance.  

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2018-04-23 05:17:31  
  Woah?! Bruce is the Batman? Didn't see that coming!  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2018-06-02 20:44:27  
  One thing I really liked in the story is the way they established that the Bat-Man has been around for a while.

Four Stars.

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