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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Detective Comics Key Issues Part 6

Here's Part 6 of this Detective Comics key issues and we've got two 2nd appearances of two important Batman villains from the Golden Age. Also there's a few 1st appearances, but they're of minor characters. 

Yes, we're still in the Golden Age, and expect this key issues list to be long. We still haven't even gotten to the Silver Age yet. Some interesting keys in Part 6.

If you missed Part 5, just click the link. If you're ready to get this on, let's get to it.

2nd appearance of Two-Face
1st Two-Face cover

Another popular Batman villain in which Overstreet does not list the 2nd appearance of. Yep, Detective Comics #68 holds the 2nd ever appearance of Two-Face and the Earth Two Harvey Kent.

I'm not sure whether CGC, CBCS, or PGX notes this issue as the 2nd appearance of Two-Face either, but I'm sure they note it as the first Two-Face cover in comics. August, 1942 is the publishing date for this comic.

1st Scarecrow cover
2nd appearance of Scarecrow

After his first appearance in World's Finest Comics #3, it would be two years for Scarecrow to reappear in the Golden Age of comics. Overstreet notes this issue as the first Scarecrow cover, but it amazes me that they don't note it as Scarecrow's 2nd appearance.

The Golden Age and Earth Two Scarecrow only made two Golden Age appearances. The character of Dr. Johnathan Crane was created by Bill Finger and Bob Kane, and would later be revived during the Silver Age by Gardner Fox and Sheldon Moldoff.

Detective Comics #73 was published March, 1943.

1st Tweedledee & Tweedledum

Cousins Dumfree Tweed and Deever Tweed are villains of Batman and resemble each so much that they are often mistaken as identical twins. Usually, they are the leaders of their own criminal organization.

Not exactly the most threatening or popular of Batman villains, so this issue is a pretty minor key issue. Detective comics #74 and the first appearances of Tweedledee and Tweedledum was published April, 1943.

3rd appearance of G.A. Two-Face
2nd Two-Face cover

Here's a 3rd appearance that's not being noted much in the current market, and once again, it's the 3rd appearance of Harvey Kent as Two-Face. The story titled The End of Two-Face, sees Harvey Kent's face healed.

Batman #81 may be the first time the name Harvey Kent is switched to Harvey Dent. Could this be the first Earth One appearance of Two-Face since Harvey Kent is known as the Earth Two Two-Face and Harvey Dent is known as the Earth One Two-Face?

I think there's a good chance it might be. Anyways, this Detective Comics issue is the 3rd appearance of the Golden Age Two-Face and the 2nd time he's on a cover. Detective Comics #80 was published October, 1943.

1st appearance of Cavalier
Last Crimson Avenger

What does the world of Batman and Gotham City need? A swashbuckling villain, that's what!

Created by Don Cameron and Bob Kane, the Cavalier is Mortimer Drake, a man with exotic tastes and an obsession in collecting exotic collectibles. However, when he was unable to obtain these valuables legally, he resorted to just stealing them.

A man of smarts, he chose not to look inconspicuous and decided to dress up as a Musketeer complete with a sword. Believe it or not, there are Earth Two and Earth One versions of the Cavalier, but he pretty much a minor villain.

The Crimson Avenger retires in the pages of Detective Comics with this issue also, and this comic was published November, 1943.

Debut of Bat Cave in comics
1st skinny Alfred

The Batcave is hugely iconic to the character of Batman.  Although Batman #12 does show an underground lair, it's only mentioned as Batman's secret underground hangars.

The hangars included a garage for the Batmobiles, a hangar for the Batplane, and a repair/workshop. In comics, however, the Bat Cave was not called such until Detective Comics #83 when Dick Grayson exclaims, “The alarm from the Bat Cave! Someone must be down there!”

This issue is noted by some sources as the first appearance of the Bat Cave. The Bat Cave was featured in the Batman newspaper dailies or comic strip prior in 1943. 

The skinny version of Alfred in this story is also seen in this issue. The origin behind that will be revealed in the next listing. January, 1944 is the publishing date for Detective Comics #83.

Alfred's last name revealed

I guess Alfred's last name was never mentioned in prior issues of Detective Comics, but even though this issue finally reveals Bruce Wayne's loyal butler's last name, it's not the Pennyworth that we are use to. Alfred's last name was first Beagle before it was Pennyworth.

This would not be the only changes the character has gone through in the comics. The character also first appeared as overweight and clean shaven in Batman #16. Because of a 1943 Batman serial which had actor William Austin play the role, those DC editors wanted the comic version of Alfred to resemble his cinematic version.

In Detective Comics #83, Alfred goes to a health resort, slims down, and grows that famous mustache to resemble William Austin. Alfred Beagle is the Earth Two version of Alfred Pennyworth, but both still hold the same first appearance in Batman #16.

Overstreet notes that Batman #214 is when the last name was switched to Pennyworth. Detective Comics #96 was published February, 1945.

Alright, we've got plenty of more key issues to go through, so I'll keep this short and sweet. If you missed the previous post, just click the link to go back. Click the PART 7 link to continue with more Detective Comics key issues.


  1. dude may be my new favorite golden age series. love that old artwork need to get me some of these issues. hope you are doing well and cali has gotten some rain. JW

    1. Heya, JW! Yeah, quite a bit of work went into this one...lots of issues in this title. Yeah, we got a bit of rain today...nothing really to get us out of a drought, but it's better than nothing. Hope all is well in NC and good to hear from ya.

      I was thinking the same thing...gotta get me some Golden Age Detective keys!