Nuthin’ but a Hound Dog Batman!
Introducing “ACE” The Bat-Hound!
BATMAN Vol.1, No.92, June 1955; Cover Art: Win Mortimer, Ira Schnapp; Writer: Bill Finger; Penciler: Sheldon Moldo; Inker: Charles Paris
When Batman and Robin rescue a drowning dog, little do they know that they would be gaining a crime- fighting ally! After Bruce Wayne places a lost-dog ad in the paper, the dog unexpectedly races after the Batmobile when our heroes are called to action. With no time to go back, they put their tagalong in the Batmobile. After Robin equips “Ace” with a Batman inspired cowl to hide the unique markings on his head, Ace joins the Dynamic Duo (Trio?) as they attempt to track down an escaped convict.
When a thug calls Ace a “Bat-Hound”, the moniker sticks, and the Bat-Hound becomes part of the team. Soon, the Bat-Hound proves invaluable in saving the day and is reunited with his owner. Over the course of the rest of the 1950s and into the early 1960s, Ace the Bat-Hound makes numerous appearances and becomes an important part of the Batman Family.
Big Batman THANKS and Kudos to Bill Jourdain for his expert commentary featured in our 2020 Vintage Batman Calendar (Above) and to the talented artists and writers of DC Comics who captivated and inspired millions of readers during this magical Golden Age. Bill Jourdain has been an avid reader and collector of comic books for over 40 years. He has an extensive collection of comics spanning the 1930s to the 1970s. Bill previously produced a podcast devoted to the Golden Age of Comic Books, has penned articles about the Golden Age for Alter-Egomagazine and Comics Now!magazine, and has maintained websites devoted to the Golden Age of Comic Books and the Golden Age of Batman. Bill resides in north Georgia with his wife and children, and somehow finds time away from comic books to practice law.