Friday, December 4, 2009

The King of Clubs

One thing that becomes noticeable when you read Batman is that he (both in his costumed identity and as Bruce Wayne) was an inveterate joiner. I am going to try to chronicle all the various clubs that he participated in; it's going to be quite a list.

Batman #40 showed our hero becoming the 13th member of the 13 Club, a group dedicated to wiping out superstition:


Bruce belonged to the the $1,000,000 Star Club, which, if I recall correctly, was made up of people who had been insured for $1 million or more.

In World's Finest #50, it was revealed that Batman was not just a member of the Bullet-Hole Club, he was its president. It was a dubious honor, considering the requirements:

Batman joined the Danger Club in Batman #76:

He appeared numerous times in the Justice League of America (and once in the Justice Society of America).
He was a charter member of the Mystery Analysts of Gotham City:

The Dynamic Duo were made honorary members of the Safari Club in Batman #111:

We learned that Batman belonged to the Voyagers Club in Detective #147:

It should come as no surprise to learn that millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne belonged to the Yacht Club (Batman #49):

Bruce was also a member of the Hobby Horse club, for collectors:


Any others you can think of?

5 comments:

  1. Given all his joinging and his propensity to surround himself with a butler, teenage sidekicks and women who model their costumes after his, it's amazing that we ever considered him a loner, eh?

    Don't forget the Outsiders and the All-Star Squadron.

    Fr. Dan

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  2. And all those adventures with his best friend Superman (and Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane, et al).

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  3. Another I just thought of was his admission (although in an Imaginary Story) into the Adult Legion of Super-Heroes in World's Finest 172 (1967).

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  4. A 1955 episode of the Superman TV show depicted the Anti-Superstition Society. Like Batman #40, it was probably based on the real-life 13 Club. A text article about superstition (including triskaidekaphobia) in Gold Key's Golden Comics Digest circa 1970 also mentioned the club.

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  5. In Brave & Bold #92, he teamed with a couple of amateur detectives to solve a case. They weren't a formal club so much as some individuals thrown together by circumstances, but the ending implied that they might form a permanent team. It looked like a try out for a possible spin off series, but, as far as I know, they never returned. Judging by a later lettercol, fan reaction was unfavorable.

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