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Detective Comics (v1) #31 [A Story]

"Batman vs. the Vampire, Part I"
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Detective Comics (v1) #31 [A Story]
Universe:   Earth-Two 
Editor: Vincent Sullivan
Writer: Gardner F. Fox
Penciler: Bob Kane
Cover Artist : Bob Kane
Cover Date : September 1939
On Sale Date: August 1939
Story Arc: -
Pages: 10
Cover Price : $0.10
Users Watched: 75 Users Rated: 49
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Action Comics (v1) #16 [E Story]
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Detective Comics (v1) #31 [A Story]
Detective Comics (v1) #32 [A Story]
Detective Comics (v1) #31 [F Story]
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A hooded foe has hypnotized Bruce's fiance Julie into doing evil deeds. When the Batman intervenes, her master lures her to Europe. To what purpose does the Monk want Julie, and can the Batman break the spell over her?
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Character Appearances
Main Characters
  Batman last appeared in Detective Comics (v1) #30 [A Story]. Batman next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #32 [A Story].

Supporting Characters
  Julia Madison First Appearance
  Julia Madison next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #32 [A Story].

  The Monk First Appearance
  The Monk next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #32 [A Story].

Other Characters
  Dr. Trent First Appearance
  This is Dr. Trent's only appearance.

Equipment, Items & Vehicles
Batarang next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #32 [A Story].
Bat-Rope last appeared in Detective Comics (v1) #30 [A Story]. Bat-Rope next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #32 [A Story].
Batgyro next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #32 [A Story].
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  Ice Says:    
  2017-12-13 23:59:26  
  This is, in my opinion, the first really cool "Batman!" cover. I have a feeling, there will be more.

Other big firsts too, with the first bat-arang, first bat-plane (or at least bat-flying contraption), and first Bruce Wayne love interest!

  Russ Says:    
  2018-01-18 21:51:14  
  @Ice: I agree, this is one very sweet cover! And iconic in its own right.

The first major Batman story arc. We have a foe that seems to be a match for our protagonist. The mysterious Monk appears to have some powers that may prove difficult for Batman to counter, so there's a degree of danger and suspense here. This is an excellent start to the arc.

Some other notes....

- Moving up in the world: Hey Batman? Did you give that guy permission to leave the telephone pole before you left on that cruise?

- My future ex-girlfriends: Julie Madison, you have the honor of being the first in a long, long line of Bruce Wayne love interests.

- Boys and their toys: First Bat-Equipment debuts here. The trusty batarang, and he's already quite proficient at it. Plus, the Bat-Gyro aka Bat-Copter. Handy little vehicle for picking up the ladies!

4 stars. It's slow, but the myth is building bit by bit.

  Neskit Says:    
  2018-03-10 09:56:33  
  This is the first Batman issue that felt like Batman.  

  ScottG12 Says:    
  2018-05-02 13:42:29  
  The setting being revealed as New York was quite surprising!  

  Allencthulhu Says:    
  2018-07-01 15:40:46  
  "Feed My Werewolves" is my Alice Cooper tribute band.

Gardner Fox brings us the good this time. He, Bill Finger and Jerry Siegel were probably the best writers not named Eisner at the time.

Three stars.

  LarryE Says:    
  2018-07-05 16:46:38  
  Never knew this was a Gardner Fox tale and it's a thing of beauty. Bat-gadgets galore, a giant ape and the promise of werewolves to come!  

  thatsAgoodONE11 Says:    
  2018-09-18 19:32:17  
  Welcome Julie Madison, Bruce Wayne's fiancee? That kind of comes out of nowhere. I would have preferred him to establish that eligible bachelor persona, but hey its early. Like Russ says, Julie is first in a LONG line of romantic interests.

Much like the bat-rope in an earlier story, the new gadget here gets featured prominently. And its only Batman's most famous weapon, the batarang! He gets so much use out of, especially when he is in the net that is being lowered to the pit of snakes. That part almost felt like the video games as he took aim and hit the lever.

We also see the bat-gyro for the first time as Batman appropriately takes to the air. I love how it can hover and he can utilize the ladder to descend to where he needs to go.

This is also the first appearance of the Mad Monk. I've read Batman and the Mad Monk from 2006 and I had no idea his origins are rooted this far back in the Golden Age.

I didn't know Gardner Fox had this much influence on early Batman. I've always heard of Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson, but Fox has written the last couple of stories, which has very influential undertakings in the world of Batman.

I'm looking forward to the next story and why exactly Julie was needed for these werewolves.


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