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"The Secret of the Ant-Man": Batman is away on a special assignment, leaving Robin the task of patrolling Gotham City. He befriends a tiny, costumed hero called Ant-Man whom he mistakenly suspects might


Quote1 He -- he's dead! Robin is dead! He sacrificed himself for me on this alien world! Quote2
-- Batman



Appearing in "The Secret of the Ant-Man"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Ant-Man (Single appearance)
  • Al Wells (Single appearance)
  • The Brady Brothers (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:

Synopsis for "The Secret of the Ant-Man"

Batman is away on a special assignment, leaving Robin the task of patrolling Gotham City. He befriends a tiny, costumed hero called Ant-Man whom he mistakenly suspects might be Batman. He later discovers that the Ant-Man is actually a mobster named Jumbo Carson and apprehends him.

Appearing in "Robin Dies at Dawn"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Villains:

  • Gorilla Gang (Single appearance)
  • Luke
  • Pete

Other Characters:

Locations:

  • Army Base
  • Acme Loan Co.

Items:

  • Batsuit
  • Giant Idol Statue (Hallucination)
  • Emergency Bat-Signal
  • Acme Camphor Barrels

Vehicles:

Synopsis for "Robin Dies at Dawn"

Batman is away on a special assignment, leaving Robin the task of patrolling Gotham City. He befriends a tiny, costumed hero called Ant-Man whom he mistakenly suspects might be Batman. He later discovers that the Ant-Man is actually a mobster named Jumbo Carson and apprehends him.

Batman volunteers to participate in a special military experiment to test the long term effects of isolation on the human psyche. During this experience, Batman suffers a hallucination in which he witnesses Robin being killed on an alien world. The hallucinations persist and Batman is so overwrought that he is incapable of continuing his work. He hands the responsiblity of safeguarding Gotham City to Robin.

A criminal cartel known as the Gorilla Gang encounter Robin and abduct him. Batman is forced to come out of retirement to rescue him. The mission emboldens Batman's confidence and he stops having hallucinations.

Notes

  • "The Secret of the Ant-Man" is reprinted in Batman #185.
  • "Robin Dies at Dawn" is reprinted in Batman #185, Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told, Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told Vol 1 and Batman: The Black Casebook.
  • Batman Annual #5 is published shortly after this issue.
  • The events portrayed in "Robin Dies at Dawn" remained in canon as of Batman #673 and Batman R.I.P. The reasons why Batman participated is explained in Batman #682, saying Batman wished to better understand The Joker's psyche.
  • The scientist seen in charge of the experiment was retconned in to be Doctor Hurt; this is where he left a mental trigger that was used later. Doctor Hurt's appearance seems to be based on the original appearance for the scientist he became.
  • The events of "Robin Dies at Dawn" are somewhat-canon in the New 52 as of Grayson #5, where Dick explains to an infant the events that transpired as a dream he had.
  • The reason Batman was "away" in the first story is he was still in the isolation experiment, which means this entire issue takes place in one calendar week.

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