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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Detective Comics Key Issues Part 7

Welcome to Part 7 of this Detective Comics key issues list. We're still on Golden Age key issues concerning this title and there's quite a bit of minor and major keys in this part.

One major Batman villain's first appearance will be featured, but he was not a major villain during the Golden Age. I'm sure you can guess who that is by the banner.

If you missed Part 6, click the link to transport on back. Otherwise, let's get to more of these Detective key comics.


1st Batsignal on comic cover

Some of the things that are noted as key issues are kinda iffy, but let's face it, we comic geeks are fanatic about our favorite heroes. Not to mention that the Batsignal has become such a popular symbol for the character of Batman and with comic fans as well.

Still, I'd have to say this walks in the realm of minor key issue, but that's just my opinion. Still doesn't mean it's not a valuable and sought out comic though.

Batman's chest emblem would later resemble the Batsignal a lot more. Definitely a cool, classic cover. Detective Comics #108 and the first time the Batsignal is on a comic cover was published February, 1946.

1st Catwoman cover
1st appearance of Kitty Car

The fan-favorite and popular Catwoman finally gets herself on a comic cover, and it's Detective Comics #122 that has the honor. Kinda strange that they decided to finally spotlight this villain on a comic cover so late after her 1st appearance. After all, she is the 1st ever female costumed villain in comics.

On a more goofy side, Catwoman gets a Kitty Car in this issue, and this issue has the first appearance of the vehicle. Detective Comics #122 was published April, 1947.

Detective Comics #140 cover. First appearance of the RiddlerDETECTIVE COMICS #140
1st appearance of Riddler
Origin of Riddler

Detective Comics #140 is the key issue that welcomes the Prince of Puzzlers to the world of Batman lore. We also get the origin of how Edward Nigma becomes the kooky super villain that would constantly challenge Batman's intelligence and wit. 

This is a major key issue that keeps climbing in demand despite a movie part to fuel it. Definitely one of the more solid Golden Age key issues and one of the more valuable Detective Comics key issues.

The Riddler was created by Bill Finger and Dick Sprang and this comic was published October, 1948.

2nd appearance of Riddler

The puzzling Edward Enigma or simply the Riddler returns to test Batman and Robin and makes his 2nd appearance in this issue. I have yet to feature this comic on here.

Believe it or not, the Riddler only made two Golden Age appearances. He would've been a lost and forgotten villain if it were not for DC editor Julius Schwartz. The Riddler would be brought back into comics during the Silver Age.

The 2nd appearance of the Riddler and the last Golden Age appearance of the character in Detective Comics #142 was published December, 1948.

1st appearance Pow Wow Smith

Another character makes his first appearance in the pages of Detective Comics and that's a Western hero by the name of Pow Wow Smith. A Sioux and sheriff of the small town of Elkhorn, Pow Wow Smith's adventures started off in the modern West, but was later changed to the 19th century.

Pow Wow Smith's adventures was the only Western feature in this title. He was created by Don Cameron and Carmine Infantino

Detective Comics #151 was published September, 1949.

1st appearance Roy Raymond
1st appearance of Karen Duncan

We got superhero detectives and non-superhero detectives in the pages of Detective Comics, but this is the first TV detective to grace the pages of comic books. That's right. Roy Raymond is a TV detective.

Actually, Roy Raymond is the host of a television show called Impossible... But True!, which was based off of Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Roy Raymond and his assistant, Karen Duncan, would investigate claims and expose hoaxes for the television show.

Roy Raymond would also appear as a backup feature in the Superman titles after Aquaman took his slot in Detective Comics. This comic was published November, 1949.

New classic Batmobile

If you're a fan of the Batmobile, Detective Comics #156 would introduce a new Batmobile in the story The Batmobile of 1950. After he crashed the old Batmobile after chasing Smiley Dix and his gang, Bruce Wayne has no choice but to construct a new one.

Inside this Batmobile was a complete laboratory with cabinets, a work stool, and a counter. Other features were a steel "knife edge" nose to cut through barriers, a roof mounted searchlight that doubled as a Bat Signal projector, a plastic canopy/windshield, rocket thrusters, and on-board television and radar screens. 

This Batmobile became a classic in the Batman mythos and the specifics of it's functions would evolve over the years of course. Detective Comics #156 was published February, 1950.

Definitely one of the longest running comic series out there, we've got quite a few more Detective Comics key issues to go through. However, there's been a lot of interesting tid-bits when it comes to the evolution of this title and especially the character and mythos of Batman.

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