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This character profile is a snapshot of Batman as he appears in the landmark 27th issue of Detective Comics, cover-dated May, 1939.

It doesn’t go any further, except for a few notes.

For ’em folks who asked, we don’t have a full Batman profile at this point because he’s amply covered by the official DC Heroes RPG material – and those stats serve as very important benchmarks. They’re keystones to the system, so they’re not going to move much.

So we stick with the occasional profile of a very specific version of Batman, such as this one.

For more Batman material, see our bat-guide to our Batman character profiles.



  • Real Name: Bruce Wayne.
  • Marital Status: Single, though soon to be engaged to Julie Madison (Secret Origins #6, Detective #31).
  • Known Relatives: None at the time.
  • Group Affiliation: None.
  • Base Of Operations: Gotham City.
  • Height: 6’2” (1.88m). Weight: 195lbs. (88 Kg.).
  • Eyes: Blue. Hair: Black.


The “Bat-Man” is a mysterious and adventurous figure. He fights for righteousness and apprehends the wrongdoer, in his lone battle against the evil forces of society.

In his secret identity, he is Bruce Wayne, of the idle rich. Wayne has a close friendship with Gotham City Police Commissioner Gordon.


Unknown at the time of his first story. But I think we all know 15 versions of this tale, at least, so pick your favorite and run with it.

As a potentially interesting detail, this version of Bruce Wayne was born on April 7th, 1915 (Month from World’s Finest Comics #33, Day of month from Star-Spangled Comics #91, and year from America vs the Justice Society #1).

Early Batman (DC Comics) looking very dramatic


Batman is a fairly tall man.

He wears a solid grey jumpsuit, extremely dark blue trunks, boots, gloves (sorry—I just can’t imagine that they were supposed to be purple…), cape, and cowl, with a complicated-looking belt around his waist.

(And indeed the once-purple gloves were recoloured grey-blue in the digital reissue of Det #27 I’m using to illustrate this article – Ed.).

The jumpsuit, itself has a small insignia in the center of the chest resembling a pair of bat-wings. His cape is scalloped to have a similar effect.

The cowl covers the Bat-Man’s entire head, except for his mouth and chin. It makes the remainder of his head appear more rounded.

It also has large horn-like “ears,” which stem from near the neckline, reaching their points at about the same height as the cowl rounds off.

In his identity as Bruce Wayne, he is relatively good-looking, and always wears well-made suits.

Very early Batman (DC Comics) catches a man in mid-air swingline cover Detective


It is unknown at this time what the Bat-Man’s personality is really like. He is grim and callous in battle, but makes a good impression as a “nice guy” as Bruce Wayne.

Beyond that — such as his drive to save people from the fate that befell him as a child when his parents were murdered in front of him — would be pure speculation at this point, of course.


“A fitting end for his kind.” (as a murderer falls into an acid vat)

“Ho hum ! I’ll leave you to finish your work… I’m going home.” (as Bruce Wayne)

DC Heroes RPG

The Bat-Man

Dex: 07 Str: 04 Bod: 04
Int: 07 Wil: 08 Min: 06
Inf: 08 Aur: 07 Spi: 07
Init: 025 HP: 035


Artist (Actor)*: 08, Acrobatics*: 07, Detective*: 07, Martial Artist*: 07, Thief (Stealth)*: 07, Vehicles (Land)*: 07


Expansive Headquarters (Wayne Manor proper, as the Batcave would not be “officially discovered” until 1940), Intensive Training, Lightning Reflexes, Notoriety, Sharp Eye.


Commissioner Gordon (High, but only as Bruce Wayne).


Mistrust, Secret Identity.


Seeking Justice.


Millionaire, presumably.


10, minimum.


  • AUTOMOBILE [STR 06, BODY 06, Running: 07, R#2. The Bat-Man’s car was capable of outpacing police vehicles by a good margin. Other than that, it appears to be a standard late-1930s-model coupe of indistinct brand. It’s red, with darker (black?) doors. This will soon be replaced by the better-known dark blue 1938 Lincoln Zephyr  conversable coupe].
  • COSTUME [BODY 03, Gliding: 0].
  • Batman will also acquire a number of gadgets, ranging from the Batrope (Detective #28), chemicals from his utility belt (Detective #29), the Bat-Gyro (historically Detective #31, though now created in Batman: Black & White #4), and Batarang (also Detective #31), before the year is out.
Very early Batman (DC Comics) fights the chemical syndicate

Design notes

No gun, because it didn’t appear in the first issue. In fact, the Golden Age Batman only carries a gun in Detective Comics #33.

However, I allowed the Gliding cape, just for kicks, since it was mentioned in the “liner notes,” and it is sort of an interesting concept.

Also, DEX and INT have been reduced, slightly.

By John Colagioia.

Helper(s): Sean MacDonald, Dan, minor details from the now-defunct http://www.intelcities.com/Hobby_Lane/argent/batman.htm.

Source of Character: Detective Comics #27, 1939 (only).