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"Batman: "The Case of the Ruby Idol"": A man named Weldon begs Commissioner Gordon for police protection. He tells him of a business rival named Sheldon Lenox who had sold him a ruby statuette of the Hindu god of destruction, Kila. Several days later, Weldon received


Quote1 Hindu idol worshipers, death-notes. All sounds very melodramatic. Maybe I'll write a story about it! Quote2
-- Bruce Wayne



Appearing in Batman: "The Case of the Ruby Idol"

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Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Sheldon Lennox, as Sin Fang (Only appearance; dies)
    • Joe (Single appearance)
    • Mike (Single appearance)
    • Mongol bodyguards (one dies)

Other Characters:

  • Police Department
  • Weldon (Only appearance; dies)
  • Wong, the "unofficial mayor of Chinatown" (First appearance)

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Items:

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Synopsis for Batman: "The Case of the Ruby Idol"

A man named Weldon begs Commissioner Gordon for police protection. He tells him of a business rival named Sheldon Lenox who had sold him a ruby statuette of the Hindu god of destruction, Kila. Several days later, Weldon received death threats from Hindu idol worshipers demanding Weldon's life.

Batman investigates the case, which leads him to a fencing operation in Chinatown led by Sin Fang. Batman raids the place, and is jumped by some giant Mongol swordsmen, one of whom Batman kills with his own sword. Batman recovers the idol and learns that Sin Fang is actually Sheldon Lenox in disguise. The two fight and Batman throws the idol at Lenox, who falls out of a window to his death. The idol claims its final victim.

Appearing in Bart Regan, Spy: "The Unknown Sub"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Boralian spy (Only appearance; dies)

Villains:

  • Ambassador Ludorf (Single appearance)
  • Von Klotz (Only appearance; dies)
    • Luxorian submarine crew

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Boralian passenger ships (some destroyed)
  • Luxorian submarine

Synopsis for Bart Regan, Spy: "The Unknown Sub"

Passenger steamships from Boralia are being sunk by a submarine from Luxor. Bart Regan infiltrates the submarine's crew. A Boralian spy does so also. They succeed in ending the submarine's murderous operations.

Appearing in Buck Marshall: "Branded Yellow"

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Villains:

  • Hooded Gang (Single appearance)
    • Zeke Brown (Only appearance; dies)
    • Rod Kuhn (Single appearance)

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Vehicles:

  • Stagecoach

Synopsis for Buck Marshall: "Branded Yellow"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Steve Malone: "The Kidnapping Racket"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Malone's men

Villains:

  • Mr. Von Snagworthy (Single appearance)
  • Munk (Single appearance)
    • Munk's men

Other Characters:

  • Nancy
  • Larry

Synopsis for Steve Malone: "The Kidnapping Racket"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Speed Saunders: "The Voodoo Vengeance"

Featured Characters:

Villains:

  • Snake Master (Only appearance; dies)

Other Characters:

  • Yolanda (Single appearance)
  • Rita from Rio (Only appearance; dies)

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Synopsis for Speed Saunders: "The Voodoo Vengeance"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise: "The Strange Death of Doctor Dupre"

Featured Characters:

  • Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise

Supporting Characters:

  • Inspector Grey

Villains:

  • Doctor Gaston Dupre (Final appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Mc Nary (Single appearance)

Synopsis for Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise: "The Strange Death of Doctor Dupre"

Cosmo's old enemy Gaston Dupre fakes his own death, escapes from prison, sets up a series of death traps, and lures the Phantom of Disguise to come after him. So he does, and navigates all the traps, and busts Dupre again.

Appearing in Bruce Nelson: "The White Goddess, Part 3"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Mambu (Final appearance)

Villains:

  • Warriors of the Great White Goddess (Flashback only) (Final appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Toni Hutton aka The White Goddess (Flashback and main story) (Final appearance)

Locations:

Synopsis for Bruce Nelson: "The White Goddess, Part 3"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Slam Bradley: "In the Foreign Legion"

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Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Aba Cadabra (Single appearance)
  • Scar Jensen (Single appearance)
  • Tony Caputo (Single appearance)
  • Hassan (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Clyde Winthrop (Only appearance; dies)

Locations:

Synopsis for Slam Bradley: "In the Foreign Legion"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Notes

  • This book was first published on November 30, 1939.
  • Published by Detective Comics, Inc.
  • First issue for Maurice Kashuba on Bart Regan, Spy.
  • Batman:
    • "The Case of the Ruby Idol" is reprinted in Batman Archives, Volume 1 and 'Batman Chronicles Vol 1'.
    • First appearance of the Batmobile. Batman previously drove Bruce Wayne's personal red roadster, but this blue car is exclusively Batman's. It has not yet been referenced as the Batmobile at this time.
    • Batman fights a gang of giant mongols armed with curvy swords, one of whom he stabs dead with his own sword. Then he punches Sheldon (Sin Fang) Lenox out a window to his death.
    • Sheldon Lenox, who was very fluent in Chinese, murdered and replaced the real Sin Fang.
  • Slam Bradley:

Trivia

  • This issue's cover art features a scene from the Batman story in the previous issue. Next issue's cover will do the same thing.
  • The Batman story's title page shows Batman holding a smoking gun. In the story this does not happen.
  • The "Ruby Idol of Kila" in the Batman story, is later spotted in the Trophy Room, along with other trophies in Detective Comics #676.
  • Also appearing in this issue of Detective Comics was:



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