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"The Joker Sees Red": A new villain known as the Red Hood rampages across Gotham, claiming a vendetta against the Joker. His demands are simple: the Joker is to be surrendered to him at Gotham Cemetery by midnight, or deadlier crimes will ensue. In response, Batman and Robin travel to the Arkham


Quote1 I am a champion of science, but I have serious doubts that the mind of that man can ever be ordered. Quote2
-- Batman



Appearing in "The Joker Sees Red"

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Synopsis for "The Joker Sees Red"

A new villain known as the Red Hood rampages across Gotham, claiming a vendetta against the Joker. His demands are simple: the Joker is to be surrendered to him at Gotham Cemetery by midnight, or deadlier crimes will ensue. In response, Batman and Robin travel to the Arkham Institute and convene with officials Professor Overbeck and Dr. Holly Quinn, who agree to temporarily release the Joker as bait for the Red Hood.

Near midnight, the Joker is delivered to the cemetery, and almost immediately captured by the Red Hood. However, the Red Hood inflicts no harm; indeed, his gang consists entirely of the Joker's own men, who explain the whole "vendetta" was only an elaborate breakout scheme. To his surprise, and delight, the Joker finds the Red Hood is none other than Professor Overbeck, who had tried to control Arkham's inmates with his newly-invented "brain regulator", but was overpowered by the Joker's brainwaves and corrupted into supervillainy.

Regardless, the Joker's freedom proves short-lived, as Batman and Robin had fit him with a tracking device beforehand. In a matter of minutes, the Dynamic Duo find and subdue all the villains, in the process freeing Overbeck from his own invention. As the Joker and his men are taken away, Batman warns that the brain regulator must be incarcerated as well, as the Joker's brainwaves may continue to exist within.

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Synopsis for "Scrambled Eggs"

Batman and Robin are captured by Egghead, locked inside a glass capsule, and hurled from Egghead's private zeppelin several hundred feet above the ground. However, thanks to Batman's quick thinking, Robin's acrobat training, and Egghead's sheer arrogance (the main reason their utility belts had been left untouched), the Dynamic Duo escape their prison long before impact, then summon the Bat-Copter to pursue their egg-obsessed foe.

To his horror, Egghead soon finds his zeppelin commandeered by the Bat-Copter's superior technology, and driven directly back to Gotham State Penitentiary.

Notes

  • The contents of this issue were originally released digitally as Batman '66 Chapters Seven-Nine on August 14, August 21 and August 28, 2013, respectively. Chapters Seven and Eight comprise "The Joker Sees Red" (with Chapter Eight originally entitled "Batman Hunts the Dead"), and Chapter Nine is "Scrambled Eggs".
  • "The Joker Sees Red" marks the debut of Arkham Asylum in the Batman (1966 TV Series) continuity (though it had been mentioned in the previous issue). In the TV Series proper, all of Gotham's criminals were sent to the Gotham State Penitentiary, as Arkham would not be created until the 1970s.
  • The events of "The Joker Sees Red" will lead to ramifications in Batman '66 #11.
  • Oddly, while "The Joker Sees Red" depicts Egghead as an Arkham inmate, "Scrambled Eggs" still sees him being delivered to the state penitentiary.

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