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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Detective Comics Key Issues Part 9

Some pretty minor key issues all around except for maybe two in Part 9 of this key issues series dealing with Detective Comics. We will finally be getting into the Silver Age at the end of Part 9. Golf clap!

Wow, since we are getting into the ludicrous zone here, I'm gonna slowly but surely start being more selective in which keys will be featured after this here part.

Click this Part 8 link in case you missed, but if you're good to go, let's see what we got here!

2nd appearance of Martian Manhunter
Origin continues

Not really sure how this issue continues the origin story of Martian Manhunter, but Overstreet notes this as such. However, this is the 2nd appearance of Martian Manhunter and the story is titled The Case of the Magic Baseball.

In this story, Martian Manhunter is depicted of having the ability to see into the future. This ability is not one of the accepted powers that Martian Manhanter has and does not possess this power in Modern continuity.

Like Superman, the powers of Martian Manhunter evolved and J'onn J'onzz seemed to have new powers sporadically shown during his early appearances. 

The 2nd appearance of Martian Manhunter in Detective Comics #226 was published December, 1955.

3rd appearance of Martian Manhunter

More key issues outside of the Batman mythos, here we have the 3rd appearance of the Martian Manhunter and if there is one power that was constant throughout the evolution of this character, it's that J'onn J'onzz has telepathetic powers. In this issue, he uses his telepathic powers to discover whether the villain in the story is guilty of multiple murders or not.

Like his 1st and 2nd appearances, this 3rd appearance is definitely not over-looked in the current market. May be a hard find as well. Detective Comics #227 and the 3rd appearance of Martian Manhunter was published January, 1956.

 1st appearance of Mad Hatter II

The original Mad Hatter Jervis Tetch first appeared in the October, 1948 issue of Batman #49 and was sent to Arkham Asylum after he tangled with the Batman. In 1956, the Mad Hatter returned but was an imposter claiming to be Jervis Tetch.

This Mad Hatter is known as Mad Hattter II had the criminal impulse to steal hats for his collection. When the real Mad Hatter escaped from Arkham later and resumed criminal activity, this imposter Hatter was forced into retirement.

However, the identity of Mad Hatter II was never revealed and he would come back later as the villain named Hatman. Pretty minor character and key issue. The original Mad Hatter Jervis Ketch is the more popular version of this villain.

Detective Comics #230 was published in April, 1956.

Detective Comics #233 comic cover
1st appearance of Batwoman
Origin of Batwoman
Intro Kathy Kane

Before there ever was a Batgirl, there was a Batwoman that was introduced in the early dawn of Batman silver age comics. Her alter ego was Kathy Kane, and why she was created by Bob Kane, Sheldon Moldoff with writer Edmond Hamilton under the direction of editor Jack Schiff was to further expand Batman's universe of characters. 

Batwoman was introduced as a love interest for Batman. The reason for this was to clear up allegations that Batman was a homosexual contained within the book Seduction of the Innocent.  

Written by Fredric Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent alleged that comic books were a negative influence on American kids and caused juvenile delinquency. Whatta putz!

Detective Comics #233 was published July, 1956. 

Origin of Batman
Batman's costume origin

Not only does this issue retell Batman's origin in flashbacks, it also reveals a bit more about Bruce Wayne's mysterious father and that Thomas Wayne was actually a crime fighter marked for death. Looks like it runs in the genes.

Discovering this in his father's diary, Batman learns that Joe Chill was just a tool for gangster Lew Moxon. Thus, Batman and Robin go after the real man behind the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. 

This comic was published September, 1956.

Detective Comics #236 image cover - 1st Silver Age isue
1st Silver Age issue for title
1st appearance of Bat-Tank

Detective Comics #235 is the last golden age issue for this title, and Detective Comics #236 marks the very first silver age issue for Detective Comics. Although not really significant, this issue also has the first appearance of the Bat-Tank, but the Bat-Tank never really became an important trademark vehicle or weapon like the Batmobile or Batarangs.

Probably because it only made a single appearance. So pretty minor key issue and it was published October, 1956. 

Part 9 to this key comic issues series has concluded and ended with the first Silver Age Detective Comics issue. Finally, we are in the Silver Age of Detective Comics.

If you missed Part 8, just click that PREVIOUS link below. Click the PART 10 link below to continue with this Detective Comics key issues list.


  1. Hey Mayhem,

    my thoughts on your Detective Comics Key Issue list? I love it! Have a question regarding Detective Comics 233 though. How many Batwomen are out there? When I remember right, Kathy Kane is just one of them. Is she also the 52 Batwoman? Hope you can enlighten us all on this one...

    Speculation Jones

    1. Thanks Speculation Jones. Hope it helps. I think Kathy Kane is the only Batwoman, and she is the New 52 Batwoman as well. She is a gay character now...not as in lame...but as in a lesbian.