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Detective Comics (1937-2011) #27

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The very first appearance of the Bat-Man in the six-page story "The Case of the Criminal Syndicate!" This issue also features the first appearances of Commissioner Gordon and the revelation of the Bat-Man's secret identity as Bruce Wayne.


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The very first appearance of the Bat-Man in the six-page story "The Case of the Criminal Syndicate!" This issue also features the first appearances of Commissioner Gordon and the revelation of the Bat-Man's secret identity as Bruce Wayne.

30 review for Detective Comics (1937-2011) #27

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    I read this earlier As freebie online, for Batman 75th Anniversary. I love that it is issue 27...that's my number! Also nice to see Bill Finger get credit instead of Bob Kane. For what it created, this book is invaluable.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rayjan Koehler

    Awesome A classic Batman story i got to read free from amazon. Definitely worth reading this book from before my time, and i will definitely read this classic again and again!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brandon

    Giving it 5 stars only because it’s the debut of Batman. Other than that, it’s a middling comic. But it’s the first Batman comic so it automatically gets 5 stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Bacon

    Classic The original Batman comic book series by Bill Finger are short story panels of Batman helping Commissioner Gordon solve the crimes in the city of Gotham. The comics are old but still a joy to read after all these years.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    The very first original comic of the "Bat-man"! It was a funny, short comic strip that made me appreciate the comics I am reading now and thanking whoever it was that decided to upgrade the drawings of Batman (and the name change). I liked reading this comic. (Short review but it was a short comic).

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nina

    Wow, the original 1939 Batman was quite a dark, unattractive character, especially compared with the 1938 Superman. He's a rich aloof playboy, and there's no ambiguity that he's a vigilante with no loyalty to democratic justice. The victims he saves or avenges are his fellow wealthy chums; he has no interest in exposing the criminals to public justice; and no regrets when he kills a bad guy ("A fitting end for his kind."). Whereas 1938 Superman's battles are to expose and bring to justice Wow, the original 1939 Batman was quite a dark, unattractive character, especially compared with the 1938 Superman. He's a rich aloof playboy, and there's no ambiguity that he's a vigilante with no loyalty to democratic justice. The victims he saves or avenges are his fellow wealthy chums; he has no interest in exposing the criminals to public justice; and no regrets when he kills a bad guy ("A fitting end for his kind."). Whereas 1938 Superman's battles are to expose and bring to justice villains whose victims are the public and the traditionally oppressed - the corrupt Senator, the wife-beating husband, the lynch mob, the exploitative landlord. The two original Superheroes really are completely different characters who stand for very different values.

  7. 5 out of 5

    David Caldwell

    The first "Bat-Man" story Yes, they did use quotation marks around his name every time in this story. I enjoyed seeing how Batman has changed over the years. Bruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon are sitting around smoking when a call comes in about a murder. The Commissioner asks Bruce if he wants to tag along to the crime scene. Batman is much simpler in his approach to things. Not ropes to swing on, he uses a common handkerchief to clog a pipe, and a wrench to smash his way out of a trap. I am The first "Bat-Man" story Yes, they did use quotation marks around his name every time in this story. I enjoyed seeing how Batman has changed over the years. Bruce Wayne and Commissioner Gordon are sitting around smoking when a call comes in about a murder. The Commissioner asks Bruce if he wants to tag along to the crime scene. Batman is much simpler in his approach to things. Not ropes to swing on, he uses a common handkerchief to clog a pipe, and a wrench to smash his way out of a trap. I am still confused why they would a man sized globe to gas guinea pigs. Finally, Batman just says the bad guy deserved the fate of falling into a vat of acid. Still, it was fun seeing the first appearance of Batman.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Detective Comics #27 "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate" Ohhh yeah, the beginning of The Bat-Man, and EEESH what is this first design, hooof its rough! The story is pretty simple, someone is going around murdering ex business partners and surprise, its one of the other partners! The Bat-Man solves this one pretty quick. Overall a meh story, he has lot to live up to with the type of Superman stories we got already at this point in 1939.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Kelm

    I thought it a good idea to look at how this story began more than 75 years ago. Though this story is very dated, it is quite an original idea that has stood the test of time. A lot of the dated things about it have to do with the nascence of the medium as to anything else. The way they do exposition in the background has changed a lot over the years, and the art styles can paneling have become much more dynamic, so it is really hard to compare to current day comics. It would be like comparing I thought it a good idea to look at how this story began more than 75 years ago. Though this story is very dated, it is quite an original idea that has stood the test of time. A lot of the dated things about it have to do with the nascence of the medium as to anything else. The way they do exposition in the background has changed a lot over the years, and the art styles can paneling have become much more dynamic, so it is really hard to compare to current day comics. It would be like comparing baseball players from different eras. It is very hard to compare Babe Ruth and Miguel Cabrera.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Roman Colombo

    I started the year with this for two reasons. One--I've never read it. But also, it's Batman's 80th year, so I want to fill my year up with Batman. Also, this was kind of brilliant. It's a 7-page story, very simple, and introduces a character with a lot of mystery and, for the time, counterintuitive to what superheroes were (bright and colorful). He is the antithesis to Superman. The first anti-superhero. And comics were never the same again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kassy Harris

    I've been a massive Batman fan for years, but I've never actually went looking for his original comic appearance. Finally! And it was just I expected: moody, classic, and more violent than what current Batman fans could expect. Batman has no regard for lives of his foes, making his earlier appearances much different than what more modern comic portrayals show. But a classic is a classic and this is where it all started!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Merciless

    Short and sweet. The very first time Batman ever appears on printed material. Story is bland and is a 3 minute read due to it being only one story in a collection of numerous other comic strips collected in Detective Comics at that time, but takes a surprisingly dark turn near the end. A comic that truly is iconic; legendary even. Read online from the DC website, as an actual copy sells for over 3 million fucking dollars, and I doubt I am ever gonna come across one of those anytime soon! Heh.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Lovell

    Batman's first appearance in the world of comics. A quick mystery solved and the plot twist...Bruce Wayne is Batman. The story was awful but it was written in 1937 and I don't know how much one should expect. It is interesting to see the true origins of Batman and to be reading history which is why it is 3 stars.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gregory Freeman

    It's free ...a nice investment Nice to see the origins of the Bat Man. The story is very simple and the artwork is primitive but therein lies the charm of these early issues. I like the casual manner Batman treats the death of a character and shows that he was not timid about killing a villain if circumstances presented themselves. A good free download.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Erik Deckers

    A Historic Look Back It's interesting to see old comics and the stories that excited kids. Everything was simple then -- a bad guy, a good guy, a few punches, and justice was served. When you see what comics and movies are now, it's sometimes fun to go back and see where they all started.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brian Palmer

    The original "Batman" is such a pulp hero that it's hard to recognize how he became a key part of the superhero mythos. Reading this is a flashback to a different era and genre, where the rich socialite gets invited to come along with the police commissioner; it'd be interesting if Batman were remembered as a Castle-like procedural than anything else.

  17. 4 out of 5

    B

    Wow. Hard to believe that this kicked off a kajillion dollar franchise. Nothing is developed in any coherent way, nor is this especially different from any other comic in the era. It seems like the climax of the story is the reveal that "The Bat-man" (always in quotes) is Bruce Wayne. But even in the context of this story, why does it matter?

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julian Orozco, Jr.

    Batman fans will love this The Caped Crusader at his beginnings. Takes me back to my childhood, not that I'm that old, it's just one of the first comics I ever read. It was great rereading this old favorite again. A should read for any Batman fan, or any comic book fan, for that matter.

  19. 4 out of 5

    sarah williams

    Fun stuff My brother and I grew up on comic books in the sixties and seventies. He would always get the cool ones, and later when he finished his I could read them. Beats reading under the covers with a flashlight. Read and enjoy!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Demsky

    This was really a short comic with the very first appearance of Bat Man but, there was no way to enlarge the print and was awful difficult to read! So, I can’t say I enjoyed it at all…although I hadn’t realized that Bat Man has been around since 1939!!!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Durrwachter

    NOT Detective #27, JUST the Bat-Man story! I would never have bought this had I known the truth, as I have many different copies of this story. The rest of the content is what I was seeking. Buyer beware!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Greta is Erikasbuddy

    WOW! Bruce Wayne was super different! But this was his first appearance. Loved Batman's ears!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Solchus

    You get what you're looking for. A great beggining for one of the best character of DC Comics.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Arinze Uzo-Okereke

    Fun little read Fairly basic, but it is a cool to see the first appearance of Batman and to see a few of his iconic character traits

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yeary Orion Maple

    Batman begins in mystery The story starts put not knowing who Batman is. I love some of the nostalgia with the action words. A really interesting start to the classic hero.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    A lot different then I was used to but good. It's very old art style and you can easily tell that.

  27. 5 out of 5

    A'Lora Hamilton

    Changes Intresting to have him called the Batman instead of just batman just nice to see the pregison of company and of a classic character

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael D Goodman

    Classic Can’t go wrong with a classic beginning like Detective Comics twenty seven. Must read for die hard fans of Batman

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tony Christ

    A goodstart It's a good place to start. It's fun to read Bat man as an actual detective. I'm looking forward to reading future ones.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    A seminal comic book event that marked the first appearance of the Batman told in the corny style prevalent in the 30s.

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