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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. 5 out of 5

    Efthymios Kafetzis

    The "Bat-Man"!

  3. 5 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

    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!

  5. 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.

  6. 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).

  7. 4 out of 5

    PvOberstein

    I read a scan of the complete original comic, which included the dozen-odd other stories the issue contained to round out a comic. Which is always an interesting insight into the cultural of the time. This comic might have started one of the medium's most epic characters, but if we're being honest, there's nothing that really distinguishes "Bat-Man" from, say, "The Crimson" a few pages later. Slightly better branding, perhaps? Regardless, the Batman ethos is apparently 'no guns, but dissolving in I read a scan of the complete original comic, which included the dozen-odd other stories the issue contained to round out a comic. Which is always an interesting insight into the cultural of the time. This comic might have started one of the medium's most epic characters, but if we're being honest, there's nothing that really distinguishes "Bat-Man" from, say, "The Crimson" a few pages later. Slightly better branding, perhaps? Regardless, the Batman ethos is apparently 'no guns, but dissolving in tanks of acid is cool'. Also, we should bring back hyphenated Bat-Man. Other assorted notes: I really did not expect this to start with an advert for the Mounties. I guess the Kurdistan Killers never really caught on. "And now, for the fruit. You'll enjoy the banana, I hope" Someone badly needed to punch up that President Benson and Detective Byrne story. And there's a real Doctor Fu Manchu story in here. It really lived up to its reputation ("The Yellow Peril today is a real and terrible threat", "some awful Chinaman is trying to kill Mr. Smith", "heaven help the victims of Chinese mercy!"). Though "Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise" isn't much better. (It actually is considerably worse.) What in the absolute hell is living in Flatfoot Flannigan's forehead. This comic contains advertisements for stamps from the Free City of Danzig and Manchukuo, so that... certainly dates it. "Slam, Shorty, and Dick" is a combination of words that cannot be read with a straight face in 2020.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    The shortest book on my 'Year in Books' for 2020 was 'A Hippie Independence Day' with a cover so ugly that I just couldn't stand to see it right up there at the top of my 'Year in Books.' Especially not alongside my longest book of the year which has a kick-ass Gahan Cover on it. The typography of the hippie logo was terrible and the rainbow colors were just awful! So I went onto Amazon and scanned their list of Kindle titles that ran less than 11 pages and were free and hey, howdy! There was th The shortest book on my 'Year in Books' for 2020 was 'A Hippie Independence Day' with a cover so ugly that I just couldn't stand to see it right up there at the top of my 'Year in Books.' Especially not alongside my longest book of the year which has a kick-ass Gahan Cover on it. The typography of the hippie logo was terrible and the rainbow colors were just awful! So I went onto Amazon and scanned their list of Kindle titles that ran less than 11 pages and were free and hey, howdy! There was the first The 'Bat-Man' story ever and it was 1 page shorter than the hippie book and the cover is awesome, so I read it. It's the first The 'Bat-Man' story and it was worth 5-stars just for the number of times that The 'Bat-Man's' is mentioned with the awkward 'The' and the awkward hyphen and the awkward quotation marks. I am glad that The 'Bat-Man' shortened his name to just Batman. I don't think that The 'Bat-Man' would be nearly as popular today as Batman currently is. I do wish that Batman went around pushing overweight businessmen into vats of deadly chemicals like The 'Bat-Man' does, instead of being all huggy-feely, if I knock a Joker or a Killer Croc off a building I'd be just as bad as they are, even though they are probably going to kill hundreds of more innocent people just because I refuse to introduce their brains to a bullet. The 'Bat-Man' is definitely cooler so far as that goes. In summary, I'll be glad to not have to look at that ugly hippie cover anymore.

  9. 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 villai 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.

  10. 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 s 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.

  11. 4 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. 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.

  12. 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 b 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.

  13. 4 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 4 out of 5

    HatBett23

    These pre-Comics Code Batman stories are MUCH better than the stories from the Silver Age. Batman's first appearance has a murder! I've spent a lot of time reading the issues from the '50s - there's no comparison of how much more enjoyable this story is because the stakes are substantial. Also, the rest of the stories in this issue are decent too. There's plenty of the racism you'd expect from something written over 80 years ago.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 4 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kiarra

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So in Batman's very first adventure he kills someone by knocking them into acid? And he's totally chill about it? That's... I don't quite know what to say to that. Still, this was a fun, quick read. I've wanted to see the "Bat-Man"s entrance for a while. And I read the whole thing in an old-timey radio newscaster voice, which just added to my enjoyment.

  23. 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!!!

  24. 5 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!

  25. 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!

  26. 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.

  27. 4 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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gary Vassallo

    A great quick read of the story that introduced The Bat-Man.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Botley

    Different styles It is interesting the way that the style of Batman has changed over the years.. And the storylines tones have changed also.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Shelton

    I loved it It was action and chemicals i just loved it thank you You should make more comic's rated 4 star 🌟

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