How Lee & Kirby's "Fantastic Four" Birthed the Marvel Universe, Part 1
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 an inspired 1941 riff on “A Christmas Carol” starring Batman.
The story, written by Bill Finger, penciled by Bob Kane (with inks by Jerry Robinson and backgrounds by George Roussos), appeared in Batman #9.
Rather than a traditional A Christmas Carol riff, Finger does it more as a twist on the concept. It opens with a young boy named Tim whose father is in jail for murder…
Batman and Robin go to visit the real murderer to try to get him to confess, but they instead end up (as is their wont) in a death trap…
That crooked Santa plays a part later in the story.
So they bring Fink back to the Gotham Police Department to try to work him over for a murder confession…
The ghost, of course, was just Batman in disguise.
Batman then takes the crooked Santa and forces him to do some good in his life…
Linda Page’s inclusion here is AWEsome. It is like looking at old Christmas photographs when someone in your family’s ex-girlfriend or boyfriend is in the photos.
Anyhow, this was a great Finger story. One of the better Golden Age Christmas superhero stories.
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