Name: Van Platt
First Appearance: Batman (vol. 1) #4 (Winter 1941): "The Case of the Joker's Crime Circus"
Number of Appearances: 1
Note: mansion robbed by Joker's Crime Circus
Panel 1 on page 5 of this story features a newspaper: the Gotham City Gazette. The headline tells about the fifth in a string of robberies: "Van Platt Home Robbed . . . Fifth rich home looted in latest robbery epidemic."
The article begins: "Those mysterious burglars, who have been striking at the society rich this past month, brazenly entered the Van Platt mansion last night and..."