"That chemical vapor-- it turned my hair green, my lips rouge-red, my skin chalk white! I look like an evil clown! What a joke on me!"
The Joker
"The Man Behind the Red Hood!"
Detective Comics 168
Detective Comics
Title: "The Man Behind the Red Hood!"
Volume: 1
Number: 168
Cover price: .10
Cover date: February, 1951
Publisher: DC Comics
Executive editor: Whitney Ellsworth
Writers: Bill Finger
Pencilers: Lew Sayre Schwartz [1]; Win Mortimer [2]
Inkers: George Roussos
Cover artists: Lew Sayre Schwartz
Cover inker: George Roussos
Editors: Jack Schiff; Whitney Ellsworth [3]
Previous: Detective Comics #167
Next: Detective Comics #169

"The Man Behind the Red Hood!" is the title to the first story in issue #168 of the superhero comic book magazine Detective Comics, published by DC Comics. The story was written by Bill Finger with artwork by Lew Schwartz and George Roussos. The second story in this volume is called "The Electric Thinking Cap!" and features TV investigative reporter Roy Raymond. It was penciled and inked by Dan Barry. This issue also includes a Robotman feature titled "The Return of the Iron Man!", illustrated by Frank Bolle, and a Pow-Wow Smith adventure by Bruno Premiani called "Ten Little Indians". This issue shipped with a February, 1951 cover date and carries a cover price of 10 cents per copy.

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Appearances Edit

Featured characters

Supporting characters


Minor characters

  • Dean Chalmers
  • Jimmy Kale
  • Paul Wong




"The Electric Thinking Cap!" Edit


  • Roy Raymond
  • Karen Duncan


"The Return of the Iron Man!" Edit


  • Robotman, Robert Crane

"Ten Little Indians" Edit


  • Pow-Wow Smith


  • Elkhorn

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • "The Man Behind the Red Hood" is reprinted in Batman #213, [[Batman: From the 30s to the 70s, The Greatest Joker Stories Ever Told, Batman Archives, Volume 8, Secrets of the Batcave, Limited Collectors' Edition C-39 and The Joker: A Celebration of 75 Years.
  • The origin of the Joker is first revealed in this issue. Before the accident which turned him into a psychotic clown, the Joker was a small-time thief known as the Red Hood. An updated version of the Red Hood origin was provided in the 1988 Alan Moore one-shot special Batman: The Killing Joke. In recent years, former sidekick Jason Todd has retired his teen identity of Robin and adopted the guise of the Red Hood.
  • This issue includes a one-page "Peg" humor strip by Henry Boltinoff.
  • This issue includes a one-page "Jerry the Jitterbug" humor strip by Henry Boltinoff.

Recommended Reading Edit

See also Edit


The World of Batman

Batman miscellaneous

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References Edit

  1. Bob Kane is credited as penciler in this issue, but the artwork was actually composed by Lew Sayre Schwartz.
  2. Artist Win Mortimer drew the Robin figure on the splash page only in this issue.
  3. Whitney Ellsworth is credited as the editor in this issue, but the actual editor was Jack Schiff.
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