Batman #19 - Story 1
August 11, 1943
"Batman Makes a Deadline"
Here's a cool cover as Batman and Robin work in what I guess is the Batcave lab and smoke from various beakers highlight the titles of the four stories in the anthology.
Our first story opens with a reporter named Slade who is on his way out of this earthly realm, but before he goes he has the story of the century that will rip through the gangster community. It's so big, he is grabbed by several gangsters and lead away to be killed.
Some of the drawn reactions of gangsters getting punched by Batman and Robin are pretty expressive.