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Batman #227
April 12th, 2014 by Rusty

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Batman #227 cover

Batman #227

Date: December 1970
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 15¢
2014 Price Range: $15 – $350
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, “Letters to the Batman”, Direct Currents, 1 page Casey the Cop story and Daily Planet Extra.
Writer: Denny O’Neil
Artists: Irv Novick and Dick Giordano
Notable Notes: Batman rescues Alfred’s niece!

A Difficult Comic to Collect!

Last fall I decided that I wanted to collect and read some of the Batman issues in the early 200s. I started with #224 and worked my way up from there. This one, #227, proved the most difficult and expensive to get so far. I didn’t realize it before, but it has a few things going for it that makes it so collectible. First, the awesome cover art is a swipe from Detective Comics #31, which itself is the classic “Batman over castle” image from 1939. Second, the cover is by the great Batman artist Neal Adams. And third, there is a wonderful classic Batman story inside by none other than legendary scribe Denny O’Neil! Put those three things together and you can see why I spent weeks on eBay bidding for copies, and finally ended up paying $50 for a mid-grade copy. And you know what? I am totally happy with it too!


Last issue Batman dealt with the man who could see through his fingers. This issue has two smaller stories – and only one is about Batman!

“The Demon of Gothos Mansion!” – In this story Alfred receives a concerning letter from his niece, Daphne, about her strange new employer. He shows it to Bruce and soon Batman is en route to check things out. After first dispatching a couple of ruffian guards, Batman makes his way to a mansion only to find Daphne locked up and about to be sacrificed by a demon worshiping cult! As he tries to help her escape he is caught by the elder of the cult and rigged up to die by slow hanging. Well of course he cleverly escapes and with the help of a long dead woman he finds the cult’s ritual and barely saves Daphne. Whew!

This issue also contains a short 1 page gag comic about Casey the Cop. It was cool and really surprised me to see something like this in Batman!

“Help me – I think I’m Dead!” – This final story is about Dick Grayson / Robin. It starts with Dick manning a volunteer “call a friend” phone service at his university where he receives a strange call from someone who thinks they’re dead! Well, quick as a flash he changes into his Robin duds and rides his motorcycle out to where he sees a man jump off a cliff into the river. Robin saves him and finds out that it is his pal Phil Real – who was poisoned. Anyway, after lots of detecting, all this eventually leads to a corrupt politician trying to smear another candidate. I know – big surprise huh? The story ends mid stride with the promise that we can read more in next issue.

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars – I thought both the stories were fun to read, but a little bit cliché-ish. I mean c’mon – demon worshiping cults and corrupt politicians? Been there, done that.
  • Art: 4 stars – The art in all the stories was quite good and I really enjoyed taking it all in!
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – I’m giving this issue four stars because of the Batman story and the 1 page gag. I’ll admit it – they were fun to read! The Robin story wasn’t terrible, but not quite as fun as the first half of the book.

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