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Encyclopedia > Detective Comics
Cover of Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). Art by Bob Kane.
Cover of Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). Art by Bob Kane.

Detective Comics is a comic book published by DC Comics since 1937. It is, along with Action Comics (the book that launched with the debut of Superman), one of the company's best-known titles - in fact, the "DC" in the company's name comes from "Detective Comics". With more than 800 issues now published, it is the longest continuously-published comic book in the United States, remaining a monthly publication as of 2006. (Action Comics, however, has amassed more individual issues due to a period in which it was published weekly during the 1980s, and the record-holder for most issues published is Dell Comics Four Color series, which amassed more than 1,300 issues over a 23-year run.) Cover of Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) by Bob Kane. ... Cover of Detective Comics #27 (May 1939) by Bob Kane. ... Bob Kane (born Robert Kahn, October 24, 1915 – November 3, 1998) was an American comic book artist and writer credited as the creator of Batman. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... Cover of Action Comics #1, which featured the debut of Superman. ... Superman is a fictional character and one of the most famous and popular comic book superheroes of all time. ... Dell Comics was the comic book publishing arm of Dell Publications, which got its start in pulp magazines. ... One of the earlier issues of Four Color, featuring Walt Disneys Donald Duck. ...


Originally an anthology-style comic, featuring stories in the "hard-boiled detective" genre popular at the time, the first issue contained stories featuring the characters of Ching Lung (a Fu Manchu-style Asian villain), Slam Bradley (created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster), and Speed Saunders, among others. This article is about the fictional literature character. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Asian people. ... Slam Bradley is a fictional character in the DC Universe. ... Jerome (Jerry) Siegel (October 17, 1914 - January 28, 1996) was the co-creator of Superman, the first of the great comic book heroes and one of the most recognizable fictional characters from the 20th century. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Speed Saunders is a DC Comics character who first appeared in Detective Comics #1 (1937). ...


However, the fame of Detective Comics was assured by issue #27 (May 1939), which featured the first appearance of Batman (as "The Bat-Man"). He would eventually become the star of the title, which is often written as "Detective Comics: Featuring Batman" on the cover. In comic books, first appearance refers to the date or issue of a characters first appearance. ... It has been suggested that Skills and abilities of Batman be merged into this article or section. ...


Issue #38 (April 1940) introduced Batman's sidekick (billed as "The Sensational Character Find of 1940" on the cover), Robin. Robin's appearance and the subsequent increase in sales of the book soon led to the trend of costumed crimefighters and their young sidekicks that characterize that era. A classic image of Batman and Robin reinterpreted by painter Alex Ross. ...


In addition to the Batman stories, the comic also had numerous back up strips such as Martian Manhunter which was introduced in Detective Comics #225. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the title was expanded in page count to include solo series like Robin: the Teen Wonder, Batgirl, The Human Target and an anthology series called Tales of Gotham City, which featured the stories of ordinary people of Gotham City. now. ... Art from Wizard Magazine (2006), featuring Barbara and Cassandra as Batgirl. ... The Human Target is an American comic book character created by Len Wein and Carmine Infantino: a unique private detective and bodyguard named Christopher Chance who operates by impersonating his clients in order to eliminate threats to his principal, hence the idea of becoming a Human Target. ... The Gotham skyline with the Bat-signal. ...


A near mint copy of Detective Comics #27 has risen in value from $80,000.00 in 1992 to $300,000.00 in 2003, according to Stephen Fishler, co-owner of Metropolis' Collectibles.[1]


The "Manhunter" series that ran as a backup in "Detective Comics" from 1973 to 1974 won the Shazam Award for Best Individual Short Story (Dramatic) in 1974 for "Cathedral Perilous" in issue 441 (with Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson). Secret Origins #22 outlined the history of the Manhunters, as to tie in with Millennium. ... Archie Goodwin (September 8, 1937 – March 1, 1998) was an American comic book writer, editor, and artist. ... Star Slammers graphic novel (1983) Walter or, usually, Walt Simonson (born September 2, 1946) is a comic book writer and artist. ...


Significant issues

First appearances

Character Issue Number Month/Year
Slam Bradley #1 March, 1937
Crimson Avenger #20 October, 1938
Batman #27 May, 1939
James Gordon #27 May, 1939
Joe Chill #33 November, 1939
Hugo Strange #36 February, 1940
Robin #38 April, 1940
Clayface (Basil Karlo) #40 June, 1940
Penguin #58 December, 1941
Two-Face #66 August, 1942
Riddler #140 October, 1948
Firefly #184 June, 1952
Martian Manhunter #225 November, 1955
Batwoman #233 July, 1956
Bat-Mite #267 May, 1959
Catman #311 January, 1963
Batgirl (Barbara Gordon) #359 January, 1967
Jason Bard #392 October, 1969
Man-Bat #400 June, 1970
Talia al Ghul #411 May, 1971
Harvey Bullock #441 June-July, 1974
Leslie Thompkins #457 March, 1976
The Calculator #463 September, 1976
Silver St. Cloud #470 June, 1977
Killer Croc #523 February, 1983
Jason Todd #524 March, 1983
Onyx #546 January, 1985
Ventriloquist #583 February, 1988
Anarky #608 November, 1989
Spoiler #647 August, 1992
Crispus Allen #742 March, 2000
Sasha Bordeaux #751 December, 2000

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Detective Comics is a comic book published by DC Comics since 1937.
It is, along with Action Comics (the book that launched with the debut of Superman), one of the company's best-known titles - in fact, the "DC" in the company's name comes from "Detective Comics".
However, the fame of Detective Comics was assured by issue #27 (May 1939), which featured the first appearance of Batman (as "The Bat-Man").
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