In this weeks episode I will be discussing two short stories written by Pulp authors that are about Batman. 2014 marks the 75th Anniversary of the Dark Knight Detective. His first appearance was in Detective Comics #27, which first hit the stands on March 30, 1939. Making this past Sunday his 75th birthday. It’s no secret pulp heroes played a major influence in the creation of Batman, but what some people might not know is that two pulp authors have actually written Batman stories. There may be more than these two, but I’m not aware of them. The two pulpsters I am speaking of are Walter Gibson and Isaac Asimov. Walter Gibson’s “The Batman Encounters Gray Face” was published in Detective Comics #500 in March of 1981. I read Isaac Asimov’s “Northwestward” in The Further Adventures of Batman collection edited by Martin H. Greenberg published by Bantam Books in 1989.
Detective Comics #500 – http://comicbookdb.com/issue.php?ID=5689
The Further Adventures of Batman – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/506607.The_Further_Adventures_of_Batman
Bob Kane: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Kane
Bill Finger: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Finger
Walter Gibson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_B._Gibson
Isaac Asimov: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov