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"Batman Junior!": This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #231.



Appearing in "Batman Junior!"

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  • John Vance (Single appearance)

Villains:

  • Birrell Binter (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "Batman Junior!"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #231.

When Batman doesn't allow Robin to come with him on a case, the Boy Wonders learns by accident that Batman had a partner before him, Batman, Jr. The real identity of Batman, Jr, is John Vance, who is currently working together with Batman, helping him track down gangster Birrel Binter. Out of frustration, Robin confronts Batman with the truth and he learns tha Vance was Batman, Jr. only during one case, after which he never worked with Batman again until now.

Appearing in "Robin Falls in Love!"

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  • Vera Lovely (Single appearance)

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  • Ben Keefe (Single appearance)

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  • Paul Garvey (Single appearance)
  • Roddy Dale (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "Robin Falls in Love!"

This story is reprinted from Batman #107.

Batman and Robin take in a rehearsal of the "Ice Capers" show they will make an appearance for chairty in a week. While there, Robin swings down and rescues Vera Lovely, a beautiful teen-aged skater, from crashing into a ring of fire blown off-position by a fan. Vera insists on rewarding Robin with a kiss, which a photographer takes a picture of, and Robin begins to fall--hard--for Vera. Batman points out that the photographer never took his lens cap off. The photographer, who had earlier remarked that he wanted to see Vera's first-ever pair of skates, had been told by her press agent Paul Garvey that they were in a bank vault until they could be auctioned off at the performance for charity. Robin begins dating Vera, and begins cutting corners, on his crime-fighting with Batman. But Garvey, intent on following his boss's orders for a publicity romance, keeps Robin and Vera separated by various ruses so that she will be forced to go out with Roddy Dale, Miracle Pictures' latest teenage idol. Both Robin and Vera, misunderstanding, are less than happy.

The night of the performance, Robin brings himself and Batman an hour early to watch Vera skate. Batman notes the phony photographer at the press box, finds out that none of the other press men know him, and describes him on the phone to the police. By that means he learns that the man is actually Ben Keefe, wanted on suspicion of heisting $50,000 in jewels. The detective deduces that Keefe has hidden the jewels in Vera's first pair of skates. Keefe, disguised as a skater, snatches the skates away from their new owner after an auction and tries and escape across the ice, but Robin stops him by bringing a sandbag down and spilling it in his path, causing him to slip and fall. Afterward, Robin and Vera get together, compare notes, and find out how they have been gulled, and the P.R. man repents his error. On their way home, Robin confides to Batman that he intends to keep his mind on crooks from here on in, not girls.

Appearing in "Robin's New Boss!"

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Synopsis for "Robin's New Boss!"

This story is reprinted from Batman #137.

Batman and Robin are scooped in their attempt to capture some thieves at an airport by Mr. Marvel, a new costumed crime-fighter, who uses futuristic gadgets and rides a sky-car. In a press conference, Mr. Marvel says that he is a scientist and that he believes Batman's crime-fighting methods are outdated, as lawmen should not have to use fisticuffs.

As Mr. Marvel continues to make headlines, Bruce Wayne notices Dick Grayson seeming to hero-worship the newcomer. Finally, Robin packs up and announces he is leaving to become Mr. Marvel's partner. Batman tries persuasion, which fails, and then tells Robin that can stop him from leaving as his legal guardian. Robin replies that he would have to reveal his Bruce Wayne identity in court to do so, and that, after a trial period, he will have his features changed by Mr. Marvel to start a new identity. The two heroes make a strained farewell.

Later, Robin mulls over the real reason he has joined Mr. Marvel: to save Batman's life. Earlier, Marvel had threatened to kill Batman if Robin did not become his partner, demonstrated his power by using a disintergrator ray-gun on a Batman billboard, and indicated that a device on his belt was tuned into "Batman's frequency" and would send a death-bolt to Batman if Robin did not team up with Marvel. Robin and Marvel continue their crime-busting, but Batman, recovering partially from the shock, suspects that Robin has not given him the true reason for his departure, and begins shadowing the pair.

During another encounter with crooks, Robin breaks off the fight, slugs Mr. Marvel, and tears away his belt. Batman joins in the fracas and helps Robin put down the brigands, and afterwards, learns the truth from Robin. Batman braces Marvel and unmasks him, revealing Marvel as an alien. The alien confesses that he and his partner had long observed Batman and Robin from their hovering spacecraft, and that Marvel had made a wager he could acquire Robin as a partner for ten days. He confesses that his belt had no power to tune in on Batman's frequency, makes a lame apology, and is whisked back into his ship by his partner. Batman muses that Robin was only his partner for nine days, so Marvel has lost his bet. The two heroes head for home, reunited again.

Appearing in "Robin, the Super Boy Wonder!"

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  • Biff Warner (Single appearance)

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  • Yucatan

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Synopsis for "Robin, the Super Boy Wonder!"

This story is reprinted from Batman #150.

Batman and Robin trail escaped criminal Biff Warner to the Yucatan jungle, where Robin gains super-strength and amnesia from a freak effect of a lightning bolt and battles Batman under the instructions of a rogue indian. Batman manages to escape Robin's wrath and soon he starts investigating the case. Batman learns that Robin is under the control of the rogue indian, who is trying to lead the tribe against their chief. When someone tries to eliminate Robin, Batman saves the kid, restoring his memory, but making him lose his powers. Batman then deduces that the rogue indian is none other than Biff Warner in disguise and after the misunderstanding is cleared, Batman and Robin return to America with Warner as their prisoner.

Appearing in "The Boy Wonder Confesses!"

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  • Steve (Single appearance)
  • Marcia (Single appearance)

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  • Gotham High School

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Synopsis for "The Boy Wonder Confesses!"

This story is reprinted from Batman #81.

When Dick Grayson is late to school one morning, he is asked by his teacher why and he tells them that he was out catching a crook as Robin the Boy Wonder and to prove it, he performs all sorts of acrobatic acts in front of the entire class. The news reach the press, who immediately make a connection between Grayson and Bruce Wayne as Batman and Robin. However, it is later revealed that everything is part of a plan between Bruce and Dick in order to clarify the fact that they aren't the dynamic duo. They were forced to take this measures after learning that a criminal known as Mister Camera, who claims to have footage of them in their secret identities. The plan succeeds and once again, all suspicions are removed from them and later they learn that the footage never revealed their identities.

Appearing in "The Secret of Ant-Man"

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

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Synopsis for "The Secret of Ant-Man"

This story is reprinted from Batman #156.

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!"

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  • Gorilla Gang (Single appearance)
  • Luke
  • Pete

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Locations:

  • Army Base
  • Acme Loan Co.

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

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Synopsis for "Robin Dies at Dawn!"

This story is reprinted from Batman #156.

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

  • This book was first published on August 11, 1966.
  • No special notes.

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