Review: Batman #250

Batman #250 cover
Cover by Dick Giordano

Batman #250
Published and © by DC, July 1973

Title: “The Deadly Numbers Game!”
Synopsis: Batman investigates a series of numerically inspired crimes that seem designed to help promote a wax museum.

Writer: Frank Robbins
Penciler: Irv Novick
Inker: Dick Giordano

Review: This lead feature is a by-the-numbers Bat-offering – pun fully intended. Frank Robbins wrote some fine Batman stories – see the last tale in this issue for one such example – but this silly mystery falls flat. The same can send for the serviceable art of Irv Novick and Dick Giordano.


Title: “Return of the Flying Grayson!”
Synopsis: Robin investigates the theft of several works of art – including a painting of The Flying Graysons.

Writer: Elliot S. Maggin
Penciler: Irv Novick
Inker: Frank McLaughlin

Review: So many convenient coincidences crammed into so few pages! A stinker of a story featuring more journeyman art.


Title: “The Batman Nobody Knows!”
Synopsis: Bruce Wayne takes three “ghetto-hardened kids” camping and the youngsters share their thoughts about the Batman.

Writer: Frank Robbins
Artist: Dick Giordano

Review: This poignant story with fantastic art explores the Batman mystique and touches on the importance of representation. A real gem!

Grade (for the entire issue): B-

Second opinion: Included on Alan Brightmore’s “Individual Comics That You Should Not Be Without” list, from “A Consumer’s Guide to D.C. Comics, Part 2,” Comics Unlimited #51, October-November 1979.

Cool factor: “The Batman Nobody Knows!” is an underrated classic.
Not-so-cool factor: Why is Bruce Wayne taking three underage kids camping alone in the woods? Fredric Wertham isn’t going to like this!

Notable: “The Batman Nobody Knows!” was included in “The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told” collection. … The “Letters to the Batman” letters page includes LoCs from future Bat-writers Mike W. Barr and Bob Rozakis.

Character quotable: “A one-man army! The Batman is Muhammad AliJim BrownShaft – an’ Super-Fly all rolled into one!” – Ronnie, “ghetto-hardened kid”

Editor’s note: This review was written Aug. 11, 2023.

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