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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Detective Comics Key Issues Part 10

Thanks for staying tuned, and we're now into the Silver Age concerning this Detective Comics key issues list or series. This is Part 10, and there's plenty of Batman keys and a few non-Batman keys to go through here.

Most of these key issues here should be easier to locate than those in the Golden Age. Although easier to hunt down a copy, some of these will have a pretty limited selection online. 

Working our way through one of the longest running comic titles out there, so if you missed the previous Part 9 post, just click that link. If you're good to go, let's serve up and dig into these tasty Detective Comics keys.

1st appearance of Diane Meade

A pretty important key issue concerning the Martian Manhunter mythos. It appears that some chicks out there don't mind a bit of alien love, and Diane Meade is Martian Manhunter's Lois Lane.

She is a cop and the mystery solving partner of J'onn J'onnz, so needless to say she is a major supporting character for Martian Manhunter and his early comic book career. The character does crossover into modern continuity as well and she is still a love interest for Martian Manhunter.

The first appearance of Diane Meade in Detective Comics #246 was published August, 1957. 

1st appearance of Professor Milo

A minor Batman villain but a character who does survive Post-Crisis, Professor Achilles Milo is a chemist and alchemist who turned to crime and even took over Arkham Asylum once. Batman has sought the expertise of Professor Milo for a chemical that Batman received from the Joker.

Professor Milo also aided the Doom Patrol nemesis General Immortus. Detective Comics #247 and the first appearance of Professor Milo was published September, 1957. 

1st appearance of the Terrible Trio

Okay, this was a minor villain group for Batman, and this is the first appearance of the original line up of the Terrible Trio. These dudes dressed up in business suits but wore masks of animals. Well, one wore a mask of a fish.

The original Shark is Gunther Hardwicke and chose sea-based crimes so Batman would have a use for a Bat-Submarine...kidding. Armand Lydecker or the Vulture committed flight based crimes.

The Fox was Warren Lawford. The trio also butted heads with Dr. Mid-Nite as well.

There was a second incarnation of the team. Lucious Fox's son Timothy Fox took up the mantle the Vulture. March, 1958 is the publishing date for Detective Comics #253.

1st appearance of Calendar Man

Julian Gregory Day as the Calender Man is a recognized Batman villain, but not one of the greatest in my opinion. He has an obsession with dates and his crimes always involve a relationship to that factor.

Regardless, he is a recurring Batman foe and crossed over into current continuity as well. In the New 52 he is depicted as a lifestyle reporter.

Calendar Man has been around for quite some time, but he is pretty much a third rate villain and was even depicted as such in Shadows of the Bat #7 through #9. In that story he joins the Misfits along side of Catman and Killermoth, and the Misfits primary goal was to prove that they weren't lame villains.

Detective Comics #259 was published September, 1958

Detective Comics #265 comic cover imageDETECTIVE COMICS #265

Batman origin retold with new facts
1st appearance of the Clock

Another re-telling of the Batman origin but with added new information, this tells the death of his parents and how he goes to a school for criminology like clockwork, and it's not much different than previous re-tellings.

However, the origin story does extend to reveal Batman's first ever case, which the story is also titled. In his first ever case as the Dark Knight, Batman goes up against a common thief who broke into a silverware warehouse.

The story reveals how and why Batman learned to never underestimate a criminal. Aside from the flashback scenes of his newly told origin, the very minor villain for this origin story makes his first appearance in this issue.

This key issue expands further on the Batman lore, and the new facts seem to be important enough for this comic to be a pretty sought out and expensive silver age Batman key issue in higher grades. 

However, finding a high grade copy is another mystery altogether that would even have the world's greatest detective thrown off for a while. March, 1959 is when this comic was published.

Detective Comics #267 comic book cover image
1st appearance of Bat-Mite
Origin of Bat-Mite

This first appearance is an often over-looked key issue Batman comic. Bat-What? Bat-Who?

Bat-Mite is actually a pretty cool character. Remember the Superman villain Mister Mxyzptlk? Bat-Mite is an imp just like Mxyzptlk, and also seems to possess near-infinite power. 

However, unlike Mxyzptlk with Superman, Bat-Mite idolizes Batman and sets the superhero up just to see his hero in action. More a nuisance than a super villain, Bat-Mite often leaves upon realizing he has angered his hero. 

This key is no easy find and can be considered a minor key, but the character was popular during the time. I don't expect Bat-Mite to make a comeback, but he did have quite a few appearances during this era.

J'onn J'onzz revealed for first time

In this issue, the police learns that Martian Manhunter definitely walks among them, and the world is made known of his presence. Like a lot of things in DC Comics during this era, it all ends up well and nobody makes a fuss.

Supporting character Captain Harding welcomes J'onn J'onnz to Earth, but for some reason Martian Manhunter's identity is still kept secret. November, 1959 was when this comic was published.

Great Scott, comic fans! We will be going onward to a Part 11, so click the link below to continue.

Click the PREVIOUS link to head on back if you missed Part 9. See you soon for more Detective Comics key issues!

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