"Batman Meets Bat-Mite": This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #267.
Appearing in "Batman Meets Bat-Mite"
- Bat-Mite (First appearance)
- Tipper Neely (Single appearance)
- Unnamed Thieves (Single appearance)
- The Yellow-Gloves Gang (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Batman Meets Bat-Mite"
This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #267.
Bat-Mite, a hero-worshiping magical elf-being from another dimension, comes to Earth in hopes of helping Batman and Robin fight crime. The Dynamic Duo are reluctant, especially when he uses his magic to make their battles more “exciting”. For instance, Bat-Mite bends a steel bridge like rubber and causes a giant disc to float in the air for several moments. Batman succeeds in capturing the crooks, but he has to come up with some sort of explanation for the incredible situations created by Bat-Mite.
Despite being asked to leave his crime fighting efforts, Bat-Mite keeps nosing on Batman's missions, until his constant meddling allows some crooks to escape. Filled with regret, Bat-Mite apologizes to Batman, who in turn gives Bat-Mite the exact instructions to capture the crooks using a giant statue of Batman. Bat-Mite suceeds capturing the criminals and he finally decides to leave the Dynamic Duo alone. However, before leaving, Bat-Mite promises that he would return soon, which is terrible news for the heroes.
Appearing in "The Secret Life of Bat-Hound"
- Mr. Midas (Single appearance)
- John Wilker
Synopsis for "The Secret Life of Bat-Hound"
This story is reprinted from Batman #125.
When John Wilker takes a job which will keep him traveling constantly, he asks Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson to keep his dog Ace permanently, not knowing his dog is secretly the Bat-Hound. Soon after, Batman and Robin go on a mission against Mr. Midas, a masked criminal whose gang specializes in gold robberies, when he steals a solid gold car at an exhibition and scatters gold coins in his wake, causing pedestrians to stop and pick them up and so obstruct the Batmobile. Detective work leads Batman and Robin to Midas's hideout, an abandoned gold mine, but the villain traps them there with a cave-in after telling them he is about to "pull the Jason job!"
Batman is able to signal Bat-Hound back at Wayne Manor via a radio signal in Batman's boot and a receptor in Ace's collar; Ace, as trained, puts his head through a harness holding the Bat-Hound masks, summons Kathy Kane as Batwoman, and leads her to the source of the signal, where Batwoman digs out the heroes with a steam shovel. Batman and Batwoman deduce that "the Jason job" refers to a movie nearby being made of "Jason and the Golden Fleece," with a fleece made of real gold. When the four crime-fighters arrive, Batman, Batwoman and Robin defeat the gang, while Midas makes a break for it in his car. Bat-Hound gives chase, corners Midas at an airport, keeps him from reaching a plane, and holds him until Batman can arrive and kayo the master thief. Later, Bat-Hound receives a hug from Batwoman as his two masters look on, grinning.
Appearing in "Bat-Girl!"
- King Cobra and the Cobra Gang (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Bat-Girl!"
This story is reprinted from Batman #139.
Batman, Robin, and Batwoman battle the Cobra Gang at a scientific equipment exhibit and are captured by a member of the gang using the Electronic-Ring device. Suddenly, a new heroine calling herself Bat-Girl enters through a window and switches off the device, allowing the heroes to capture the gang, and leaves as swiftly as she entered.
When Batwoman returns to her lair, she finds Bat-Girl waiting and aware of her secret identity. A few days before, Betty Kane visits her aunt, Kathy Kane. Suspicious of her aunt's whereabouts, Betty deduces that her aunt is actually the crimefighting Batwoman. Although Batwoman is impressed and flattered, she begs her niece not to become Bat-Girl again. Batwoman later seeks the advice of Batman and Robin, who tell her to stall the girl with training in hopes she'll give up.
Tired of being stalled, Betty finds a shoe left behind by a member of the Cobra Gang and analyzes it. Her analysis reveals the presence of cellulose acetate leading her to the Cobra Gang's hideout in an abandoned rayon plant. The Cobra Gang captures the young heroine and imprisons her in an unused office. Bat-Girl uses the carbon paper in the office to make a number of bat shapes and releases them into an exhaust vent. Picking up on the signal, Batman, Robin, and Batwoman storm the plant and free Bat-Girl, who helps capture the Cobra Gang.
Appearing in "The Dynamic Trio"
- A Gang of Smugglers (Single appearance)
- The Mayor of Gotham
Synopsis for "The Dynamic Trio"
This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #245.
As the Dynamic Trio capture the criminals across Gotham, Vicki follows closely and she starts making guesses of who could Mysteryman be. At first she thinks he is a robot and later she deduces that Mysteryman is Superman. After a long investigation, Vicki finally learns that Mysteryman is Commissioner Gordon, who was forced to act in disguise following orders from the Mayor. When the truth is revealed, the Mayor apologizes for not letting Gordon act freely and Vicki is very grateful to Batman for allowing her to get the scoop.
Appearing in "The Secret of Batman's Butler"
Synopsis for "The Secret of Batman's Butler"
This story is reprinted from Batman #110.
While Batman and Robin are out on a mission, Alfred sits down and begins composing a farewell letter. He writes to his employers about how he began work for them, and how, shortly afterward, he was approached by a man named Noyes, who tried to get information about Bruce Wayne from him, even at the point of bribery. Alfred refused, and threatened to call the police. Some months later, Alfred heard the voice of Dick Grayson calling to him from a secret passageway behind the grandfather clock, and discovered his employers were really Batman and Robin. He tended a wounded Batman, who was glad to take him into his confidence. He mentioned Noyes, but Batman said to pay him no heed. Alfred goes on to write of how he helped Batman and Robin in various ways, many times protecting their secret identities from revelation. But, recently, he saw Noyes himself in the Batcave. Thus, he writes, the secret has been disclosed somehow through Alfred's own blundering, and he must now say goodbye as a result.
Finishing his letter, Alfred hits upon a plan to save Batman's secret, and dresses up as Batman when Noyes returns to the Batcave. Alfred reveals to Noyes that he is actually the Caped Crusader, but Noyes removes a facial disguise, and is disclosed as Bruce Wayne. Bruce explains that he had first worn the "Noyes" disguise to test Alfred's loyalty, and the butler passed with flying colors. Recently he revived the Noyes disguise to help in his search for Dan Marly. Alfred replies that he is relieved that he can return to being a butler, and Batman counters that to he and Robin, Alfred is the greatest gentleman's gentleman in the world.
Appearing in "Superman
Batman and Robin!"
- The Purple Mask Mob
Synopsis for "Superman
Batman and Robin!"
This story is reprinted from World's Finest #75.
When Commissioner Gordon turns on the Bat-Signal to call Batman and Robin, he's surprised that Superman and Robin are the ones who answer the call. They explain to the Commissioner that Superman is covering for Batman: They explain how the night before when Batman and Robin answered a call to the Gotham Research Laboratory where the Purple Mask Mob was attempting to steal platinum that was being used for research. During the fight, Batman is doused in the face with a chemical as the criminals flee the scene. Attempting to go out after them, Batman would jump out of a window. He would injure himself and wake up to find Superman and Robin standing over him, telling him that he has broken his leg.
While Batman is down with a cast on his leg, Superman (who is on reporter exchange in his civilian guise of Clark Kent at the Gotham Gazette) tells the Caped Crusader that he will cover for him while he's on the mend. Working as a team, Superman and Robin would easily capture some of the Purple Mask Mob as they are making an escape with a stolen armored car. However, when they are turned over to the Gotham police, they refuse to talk, leading Superman and Robin into a dead end. In the meantime, Batman begins clearing a place in the Batcave for trophies from Superman and Robin's exploits together and begins to worry that Robin will leave him to be Superman's side kick.
Despite this, he asks them to collect for them a wrist watch the next time they smash up another one of the Purple Mask Mob's operations. He next asks them to collect a shoe from the next attempted robbery. When Superman and Robin comply, Batman deduces that the crooks are hiding out at the south bank of Pine Hill. He explains that by examining dust on the wrist watch and mud on the shoes, he was able to pin-point the unique location of the crooks hideout. Batman's theory proves correct, and Superman and Robin smash up the Purple Mask Mob and turn them over to the police. After the caper is over, Superman breaks open Batman's cast and they explain that he never really had a broken leg. They explain that when Batman and Robin were at the research laboratory, Batman was doused with a slow acting poison that would have killed him had he as abnormally active and that the only way for his body to fight off the poison would be to remain inactive. Superman would go on to explain that the broken leg ruse was to insure that Batman did not go into action as they knew that nothing would have stopped Batman from his tireless war on crime unless he was laid up.
With the case over and Batman safe, Superman says goodbye to the Dynamic Duo and departs. Later, Robin confides in Batman that while working with Superman was fun, he much prefers working with Batman any day.
Appearing in "Batwoman's Publicity Agent"
- Various Unnamed Thugs (Single appearance)
- Gotham City
- Ace Camera Company
- Gotham Bank
- Gotham Railroad Terminals
Synopsis for "Batwoman's Publicity Agent"
This story is reprinted from Batman #133.
As the caped crusaders capture a pair of burglars at the Ace Camera Company, Batwoman and Bat-Mite capture two escaped convicts. When Bat-Mite realizes he's in love with his partner, he decides to use his powers to make Batwoman "the most sensational crimefighter of all time." Upon learning of a recent bank robbery, Bat-Mite enlists the aid of Ace the Bat-Hound to track down the robbers to a warehouse. Batwoman arrives shortly before Batman and Robin and all three raid the warehouse. Disappointed that his former heroes have arrived, Bat-Mite shrinks everyone down to about two inches tall and accidentally subdues all three heroes. Ace blocks off the robbers' escape route, allowing Batman to capture them.
When the imp restores everything to normal, he quickly decides it's time to return home before the angry heroes can get to him.
Appearing in "The Second Batman and Robin Team"
- Batman II (Dick Grayson) (fictional character)
- Bruce Wayne, Jr. (fictional character)
- Katherine Wayne (fictional character)
- Ted Tate (Single appearance)(fictional character)
- Babyface Jordan (Single appearance)(fictional character)
Synopsis for "The Second Batman and Robin Team"
This story is reprinted from Batman #131.
Alfred, trying out a new typewriter, engrosses himself in writting a story of the possible future.
In this tale, Batman retires and passes on his mantle to Dick Grayson, now an adult, who becomes Batman II. Bruce Wayne, Jr., son of Bruce and Kathy Kane, the ex-Batwoman, asks to be trained as Robin II, and, over his mother's objections, succeeds. The new dynamic duo go into action against crooks holding up a televised auction, but, when Robin II tries to lasso a "Taj Mahal" spire and swing on it, he forgets the papier-mache prop cannot support him, and thus enables the crooks to escape. Batman II, Kathy and Bruce all console the downcast youngster at home.
Later, Bruce, Jr. picks up a clue from Dick via scratched-out-letters on the back of a penny that takes him, as Robin II, to a mica quarry where gangster Ted Tate and the Babyface Jordan mob have holed up. Robin II manages to free Batman II, but the outnumbered pair are overcome by the crooks. However, the original Batman and Batwoman come to their aid, and the quartet of heroes mop the floor with the crooks. Back at the Batcave, everyone acknowledges that Robin II has proven his worth as a crime-fighter.
Bruce Wayne comes upon Alfred at the typewriter and after Alfred explains what he has done, he admits he has had so much fun he may write a sequel sometime.
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