Batman No. 18

Batman issue No. 18 was published by DC Comics in August and September 1943. It sold for 10 cents. The yellow cover has art credited to Dick Sprang that depicts Batman and Robin running from an exploding fire cracker that knocks down cartoon caricatures of the Axis leaders Hitler, Mussolini, and Tōjō. The cover bears the caption “Insure the 4th of July! Buy War Bonds and Stamps!” Many comics of the period encouraged patriotism and participation in the war effort.
This issue contains the stories "The Secret of Hunters Inn," "Robin Studies his Lessons," The Good Samaritan Cops," and “The Crime Surgeon."
Batman made his comic debut in 1939 in Detective Comics No. 27 and received his own self-titled line of comic books in 1942.
Currently not on view
Object Name
comic book
date made
Hitler, Adolph
Mussolini, Benito
Tojo, Hideki
D. C. Comics, Inc.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 7 1/2 in x 10 in; 19.05 cm x 25.4 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
World War II
War Bonds
Comic Books
Popular Entertainment
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Culture and the Arts: Entertainment
Comic Books
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Olivia V. Crisson and Phillip M.S. Crisson in honor of Peter Bozzer

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