Project Description

Batman: The Cleveland Torso Murder Files


The Project

John Dudas, owner of Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop in Cleveland, Ohio, had the idea to combine Batman with the very real, unsolved, and gruesome murders referred to as The Torso Murders. Between 1935 and 1938, in the Cleveland Flats, Mayor Elliot Ness and the Cleveland police hunted, but mostly followed the brutalist called The Mad Butcher of Kingsbury Run to a standstill.

This set of five pictures depict Batman, taken from the 15 chapter serial film in 1943 and place him as if he is investigating the Torso Murders. The original images are taken from real photos out of the Cleveland news archives from the 1930s and manipulated together to create an alternate universe where Batman was integral in attempts to catch the perpetrator.

The Client

Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop open in 1990 in a small location in Kamm’s Corner in Cleveland, Ohio. Being the only shop to survive the comic industry’s downturn in the mid-1990s it became the go to place for all comics, figures, novels and collectables in Cleveland Prime. Since the mid 2000s, Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop has become a hub in Cleveland for all comic culture, events and hosts one of the largest Free Comic Book Events in the region.


Image date: 06.07.1937 // Batman: Torso Murder Files // Batman and Russell Lawer Near Found Skeleton of 9th Victim



Image date: 07.06.1937 // Batman: Torso Murder Files // National Guard and Batman Investigate 10th Victim



Image date: 08.16.1937 // Batman: Torso Murder Files // Batman and Detectives Investigate 12th Victim



Image date: 08.17.1938 // Batman: Torso Murder Files // Batman, Detective Hogan and Coroner S.R. Gerber Collecting Bones of the 13th Victim



Image date: 04.03.1937 // Batman: Torso Murder Files // Batman & Dr. S.R. Gerber, Cuyahoga County Coroner Inspect a Disembodied Foot for Clues