Detective Comics No. 102

Detective Comics No. 101 was published by DC Comics in August 1945 and sold for ten cents. Dick Sprang illustrated the yellow cover that depicts the Joker carrying a house on his back while he flees from a pursuing Batman and Robin. The cover features the caption “Batman and Robin face their fiercest foe the Joker in the adventure of ‘The House that was Held for Ransom.’” This issue also features the Slam Bradley story “Smash Your Baggage,” The Boy Commandos in “The Floating Evil,” and Air Wave in “Of Mice and Muggs.”
Detective Comics was an anthology comic featuring stories about characters including Batman, Robin, Slam Bradley, the Boy Commandos, Air Wave, Martian Manhunter, and Roy Raymond TV Detective. Batman was introduced in Detective Comics No. 27, and continued to star in the series even after receiving his own title.
Object Name
comic book
date made
D. C. Comics, Inc.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 7 1/2 in x 10 1/4 in; 19.05 cm x 26.035 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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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