"The Last Riddler Story": Batman matches wits with a trio of eccentric criminals - the ambitious but neurotic Mastermind, the super-strong but overly compassionate Mr. Nice, and the intelligent but absent-minded Perfesser - with a jeweled eagle at stake. Meanwhile, Edward Nygma, depressed by his
- You've got a point. I'll give it one last shot. But if it doesn't work... the Riddler riddles no more!
- -- Riddler
Appearing in "The Last Riddler Story"
- Mastermind (First appearance)
- Mister Nice (First appearance)
- The Perfesser (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Last Riddler Story"
Batman matches wits with a trio of eccentric criminals - the ambitious but neurotic Mastermind, the super-strong but overly compassionate Mr. Nice, and the intelligent but absent-minded Perfesser - with a jeweled eagle at stake. Meanwhile, Edward Nygma, depressed by his long string of failures as the Riddler, swears to retire from crime upon release from prison.
In an effort to cure their boss' depression, Nygma's henchmen convince him to perform one last heist as the Riddler, and one final attempt at outwitting Batman. To everyone's surprise, the Riddler actually succeeds, as Batman was too occupied with Mastermind, Mr. Nice, and the Perfesser to solve his latest riddle, or even stop him from stealing the jeweled eagle.
Despite Batman catching him moments after the fact, the Riddler is ecstatic over his "victory", and remains so even after returning to prison.
- This issue marks the debut of Puckett's "Threatening Three", a screwball group of criminals meant to caricature his fellow editors at DC Comics.
- The Perfesser is a caricature of Denny O'Neil, then head editor of DC's Batman titles.
- Mr. Nice is a caricature of Archie Goodwin, then an editor of peripheral Batman titles once described as "the nicest man in comics".
- Mastermind is a caricature of Mike Carlin, then head editor of DC's Superman titles.
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