"Penguin's Big Score": The Penguin conspires with the Joker in an effort to become the new "top dog" of Gotham's underworld. He publicly renounces crime and seemingly overnight, becomes one of the most philanthropic men in the entire city. He appears on television talk sh
- I must say, sir, that when I observe the Penguin's efforts at conquering the field of public opinion... I find myself wishing he'd stuck to crime.
Appearing in "Penguin's Big Score"
- Mayor Hill
- Leland Carnegie (Behind the scenes)
- Valerie Vapid
- Batmobile (Cameo)
Synopsis for "Penguin's Big Score"
The Penguin conspires with the Joker in an effort to become the new "top dog" of Gotham's underworld. He publicly renounces crime and seemingly overnight, becomes one of the most philanthropic men in the entire city. He appears on television talk shows announcing his pledge to help out Gotham's various charity foundations.
He soon learns that the Penguin is secretly robbing institutions owned by Gotham's wealthiest industrialists, thus bankrupting them, and enabling him to take their place as a community leader. Bruce Wayne engineers a trap, baiting the Penguin to break into the Wayne Financial Institution. The Penguin falls for the trap, and Wayne apprehends the Penguin and his goons as Batman. He is unaware of the Joker's involvement in the Penguin's rise and subsequent fall from power.
- First comic book appearance of the DC animated universe and all characters and settings therein.
- Issue includes an editorial by Scott Peterson.
- This issue's "act" divisions are named as follows:
- Act One: Charm School Dropout!
- Act Two: Top of the World, Ma!
- Act Three: Power of the Press!
- The Penguin's trait of (mis)using long, complex words in this story stems from the Batman: The Animated Series Writer's Bible. Ironically, this trait rarely - if ever - appeared in the TV series itself.
- Both of the Penguin's definitions for "arteriosclerosis" ("the right to assemble" and "the condition of inserting a large steel rod into the brain through the nose") are wrong; it actually refers to a medical condition where the walls of the arteries thicken and harden.
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