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Detective Comics (v1) #28 [A Story]

"Frenchy Blake's Jewel Gang"
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Detective Comics (v1) #28 [A Story]
Universe:   Earth-Two 
Editor: Vincent Sullivan
Writer: Bill Finger
Penciler: Bob Kane
Cover Artist : Fred B. Guardineer
Cover Date : June 1939
On Sale Date: May 1939
Story Arc: -
Pages: 6
Cover Price : $0.10
Users Read: 80 Users Rated: 52
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Action Comics (v1) #13 [H Story]
Action Comics (v1) #14 [H Story]
Detective Comics (v1) #28 [A Story]
Detective Comics (v1) #28 [B Story]
Detective Comics (v1) #28 [E Story]
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Stopping a jewel robbery only seems to make the Bat-Man wanted by the police. But is it actually part of the Bat-Man's plan?
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Batman last appeared in Detective Comics (v1) #27 [A Story]. Batman next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #29 [A Story].

Supporting Characters
  Frenchy Blake First Appearance
  This is Frenchy Blake's only appearance.

Other Characters
  Commissioner Gordon
  Commissioner Gordon last appeared in Detective Comics (v1) #27 [A Story]. Commissioner Gordon next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #35 [A Story].

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Gotham City Police Department
Gotham City Police Department last appeared in Detective Comics (v1) #27 [A Story]. Gotham City Police Department next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #30 [A Story].
Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Bat-Rope next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #29 [A Story].
Batman's Utility Belt
Batman's Utility Belt last appeared in Detective Comics (v1) #27 [A Story]. Batman's Utility Belt next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #29 [A Story].
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  Ice Says:    
  2017-12-08 22:54:46  
  Bob and Bill are "really" over using those "quotation marks" in this "issue".

Not bad, but I really hope we get to see some of The Bat-Man's world fleshed out soon. I look forward to seeing this earliest version of the origin story.

Oh, and it's so weird to see Batman just driving around in some normal car. Like, Bruce Wayne in a fancy car? Sure. That makes sense. But, Batman needs a Batmobile!

  Russ Says:    
  2018-01-03 21:10:41  
  This is pretty much a "by-the-numbers" adventure for the Bat-Man. In spite of this being a more formative story without most of the elements that made Batman what he is, he's still pretty coldly efficient in taking down Frenchy's gang. And he actually made that one guy fly off the roof of a building! This early Batman has no compunctions about taking the lives of bad guys.

The last-second lunge after the Batman by Frenchy tells me one of two things: (1) Batman hasn't quite earned the respect or fear from the underworld just yet, and/or (2) Frenchy was just real desperate to get free after being made to sign that confession. Seems like written confessions carry a lot of weight as I go through the DC Order; today, I don't see them holding a lot of weight in court, as most people will sign anything under such pressure.

3 stars. Like @Ice said, the series will improve as the Bat-Man's world and supporting cast grows and develops. But, two stories in, it's already pretty good.

  thatsAgoodONE11 Says:    
  2018-01-13 07:58:19  
  This is a very solid second story for Batman. It is very action-oriented, which gives new readers in 1939 a taste of how powerful he is. He can take out an entire gang who was "ready for him" with relative ease, and without super powers to boot! This is also a good story to showcase the use of his rope. He uses it to great effect at least three times in the story, so this is also an indication of the types of gadgets he will use.

It appears these early Batman stories are going to trickle in the elements of the Batman we know and love. It might not be fast, but it will be so rewarding to see the character and his world evolve over time. This story for instance is the first time he dangled a bad guy off of a building. This can be considered a signature move of Batman so it's awesome to see it used in story #2.

I really like the purple gloves in Detective #27, but here is not wearing gloves at all! With the use of all that rope, he is liable to get rope burn! I hope this is just an art error and he has gloves in the next story. A couple of other art errors made Batman's cowl not have the ears in some panels.


  ScottG12 Says:    
  2018-04-30 12:06:01  
  Not bad, weird as hell to see him driving around in a bright red car though.  

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