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Golden Age Christmas – Batman and Robin Redeem a Young Scrooge

Welcome to the latest edition of Golden Age Christmas, where we will feature a different Golden Age Christmas comic book story every day from now until Christmas Eve!

Today we look at a 1944 Christmas story from Don Cameron and Jerry Robinson!

Batman #27′s “A Christmas Peril” sees Gotham City in the midst of a Christmas Tree price gouging. Batman and Robin corner the gangster who is coercing people to raise their prices on Christmas Trees…

The gangster, though, is seemingly being backed by a young millionaire…

I just love how the dude’s uncle shows up dressed as Santa Claus.

This little twerp needs a rude awakening, and Batman and Robin show up to do just that. They basically abduct him and take him on a “Ghost of Christmas Present” tour of Gotham…

But just when it seems that the young Scrooge has changed his mind, Uncle Tim learns that the boy’s overseers are robbing him blind…

How does the following “indigestion” line even apply?

I gotta give it up to the kid, that was really brave throwing himself in front of Batman like that!

In the end, they decided to deliver toys around Gotham in the Bat-Plane…

I love that Uncle Tim gets a send-off. Nice of Batman and Robin to let him pretend like anyone cares what he thinks.

This was an interesting tale by Cameron with strong artwork from Robinson.

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nice love how even though the kid starting acting like scrooge for real batman and robin found he had a heart . plus love the little irony of the kids uncle dressed up as santa. nice story.

I assume Robin’s kick gives indigestion…because it knocks several of the goons’ teeth out and he swallows his own blood? That’s a bit dark for a Golden Age Batman comic…

The indigestion line was a common “curse” in the ’30s and ’40s, at least on the East Coast. In Italian neighborhoods they’d say “I hope you get agedda!” (pronounced ah-juh-duh). In effect it was a mild curse that wished a bellyache on the recipient; and, of course, a bellyache during that era was another word for pain or big trouble or a large problem.

In the second-to-last page, when Batman punches the bad guy with the gun, does he really say that «The only thing I’m sorry about is I’m saving you from the electric chair!» Holy violent catchphrase, Batman!

I’m just amused that Batman’s standing right there listening to the kid talking about misspent fortunes. He’s just smiling and nodding.

I’m no expert in aerodynamics, but I’m pretty sure the Batplane wouldn’t get off the ground like that unless it was pulled by eight tiny reindeer.

And thus ends the tale of Jean Loring’s nicer cousin.

So both Superman and Batman would abduct spoilt rich kids at Christmas? Quite right too.

Man, the golden age was just mental wasn’t it? Delivering pressies in the bat-plane, priceless.
On a serious note I find golden age issues such a chore to read, they are fine for a quick chuckle though. It does amuse me how cold and blood thirsty batman was, i remember one issue he knocked a guy into a vat of acid and proclaimed “A fitting end for his kind” brrr what a cold bastard.

Even given it’s Christmas, it’s interesting how the Dynamic Duo would devote their time to such a relatively minor racket. Typical for the era, but it’s hard to imagine it today (which is a shame, reall).

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