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Issue Details

Issue #294
Published December 1977
Cover Price 0.35 USD
Pages 36
Editing Julius Schwartz; E. Nelson Bridwell (associate)

Cover Details

Characters Batman (really Jerry Randall); Joker
Genre superhero
Pencils Jim Aparo
Inks Jim Aparo

1 page Hostess Fruit Pies; The Penguin advertisement "The Cuckoo Cuckoos"

Characters The Penguin; police officers; cuckoo clock robbers
Synopsis The Penguin controls some cuckoo clocks and has them stealing money, but the police entice the clocks to stop using Hostess Fruit Pies, and they capture The Penguin.
Genre superhero
Script E. Nelson Bridwell?
Pencils Curt Swan
Inks Vince Colletta
Letters Ben Oda
Notes Hostess fruit pies ad. One bystander looks like Julius Schwartz.

17 page Batman story "[Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?:] The Testimony of the Joker!"

Characters Batman [Bruce Wayne; also as Two-Face]; Joker; Ra's al Ghul; Mr. Freeze; Killer Moth; Poison Ivy; Mad Hatter; Spook; Scarecrow; Captain Stingaree; Cavalier; Cluemaster; Signalman; Batman [Jerry Randall]; Tweedle Dum; Tweedle Dee; Catwoman; Riddler; Lex Luthor; Superman; Two-Face; Commissioner Jim Gordon; Arkham Asylum
Synopsis The Joker testifies to the circumstances whereby he killed Batman, but when Two-Face demands that the Joker produce the photographic evidence he claims to have, a recess is called. After Two-Face leaves the court, he removes his disguise, revealing the Batman beneath. Having identified the real murderer, Batman confronts the Joker and sends him back to Arkham. Later, Batman confers with Commissioner Gordon and discusses how it was really Batman-admirer Jerry Randall in a Batman costume that the Joker had killed and how the trial was a ruse to discover who among the many claimants was actually responsible.
Genre superhero
Script David Vern [as David V. Reed]
Pencils John Calnan
Inks Tex Blaisdell
Colors Jerry Serpe
Letters Ben Oda
Notes Story continues from Batman #293. Credits for script, pencils and inks confirmed from Julius Schwartz's editorial records, provided by DC Comics.
Reprinted in Batman: The Strange Deaths of Batman (DC, 2009 series) #[nn]

Half page Answer Man activity

Genre humor
Script Bob Rozakis
Notes DC questions