Betty Bates, Lady-at-Law

Real Name

Betty Bates

First Appearance

Hit Comics #4 (October, 1940)

Original Publisher


Created by

Bob Powell


Betty Bates was a talented prosecuting district attorney who mainly took on gangsters. Her enemies included criminals such as The Barracuda, Double-Cross, Killer Mack, Mr. Malice and Professor Bone. She was a resourceful detective, a tough brawler, skilled in jiu-jitsu and sometimes carried a gun.

Public Domain Appearances

  • Hit Comics #4-65


  • Before Matt Murdock (aka Marvel's Daredevil) showed up in the '60s and passed his first decade, Betty Bates was the longest running lawyer in comics. Additionally, her 10-year-run still remains the longest run by a non-powered, non-supporting character!
  • The character was ranked third in the Huffington Post's list of the 10 Most Bada** Comic Book Heroines.

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