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"Batman and Robin's Greatest Mystery": This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #234.
Appearing in "Batman and Robin's Greatest Mystery"
- Jay Caird (Single appearance)
- Unnamed Scientist (Single appearance)
- Melden (Single appearance) (Flashback and main story)
Synopsis for "Batman and Robin's Greatest Mystery"
This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #234.
With assistance from Commissioner Gordon, Batman and Robin investigate their own past cases and they are able to deduce their own secret identities, after which they capture Caird and confiscate the sonic ray that stole their memories.
Appearing in "The Hand from Nowhere"
- Bobby (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Hand from Nowhere"
This story is reprinted from Batman #130.
Batman and Robin, called in on an apparent crank call, discover that a giant green hand controlled by two green-faced figures who appear to be aliens is actually ripping the roof off the Gotham Zinc Works so they may loot it. The aliens, who let drop the information that they are wearing translators that can interpret correctly any language used to them, easily fend off Batman and Robin with the giant hand and appear to return with it to another dimension. The hand and the aliens commit two more robberies, ostensibly for materials they need in their own dimension.
When Batman shouts a warning to them in Eskimo language and they fail to respond, he deduces the whole thing to be a hoax. He and Robin, following a huge truck which bears the hand, trace it back to the hideout of Superman's foe Luthor, who has set up the robberies of relatively cheap material in order to cover for his real objective, the theft of a fortune in platinum. Batman and Robin, entering, make quick work of the gang, and take Luthor to jail in his own giant hand.
Appearing in "The Man Who Couldn't Be Tried Twice"
- David Dial (Single appearance)
- James Lee (Single appearance)
- Willy Keyes (Single appearance)
- Dr. Forbes (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Man Who Couldn't Be Tried Twice"
This story is reprinted from Batman #118.
Batman and Robin, searching the wharves for a clue to the dilemma of missing criminals, almost nab a gangster Vince Kenton, but only clip a piece off a calling card he holds with a Batarang. Batman climbs a tall flagpole to try and spot the fleeing felons, but is thrown into the bay when a lighting bolt strikes both him and the flagpole. Robin, unable to find him after diving, is convinced Batman has died, until he hears morse code coming over his belt radio. Obeying the strange orders he receives, Robin has a truck pull Batman out of the bay in a water-filled tank. It transpires that the electrical charge and the chemicals in his utility belt combined to change Batman into a human "fish," able to extract oxygen from water but not from air. Communicating with via a voice amplifier, he vows to go ahead with his work.
Batman wears a water-filled helmet to enable him to work on dry land, and, using the torn card as a clue, traces Kenton to the offices of Carl Smarte, head of the Marine Construction Corporation. The heroes give battle, but Smarte figures out the use of the water-filled helmet and smashes it, leaving Batman gasping in the air. As the crooks escape, Robin saves Batman by holding a match close to the ceiling and activating the sprinkler system. In a new helmet, Batman checks out a hunch and finds the crooks' new lair below the floor of an aquarium. In the midst of the fight, Batman keels over and breaks his helmet. Amazingly, he gets back up and finishes off the criminals. Later, Batman explains to Robin that he felt the change wearing off and he pretended to faint in order to throw the crooks a curve. They prepare to haul in their catch to Commissioner Gordon.
Appearing in "The Body in the Bat-Cave"
- Wilson (Single appearance)
- Duds Dekker (Single appearance)
- Gotham Central Terminal
Synopsis for "The Body in the Bat-Cave"
This story is reprinted from Batman #121.
While heading through the Batcave en route to the Batmobile, Batman and Robin discover a dead body in the Bat-Cave's depths. Batman determines the cause of death as a blow to the head, and Robin, identifying him as Alec Wyre, a criminal electronics genius, blurts out that whoever killed him knows their secret identities. A notebook Wyre carried gives them the names of three of his criminal "customers" who brought inventions from him: Jigger Mulane, Don Dolson, and Hank Purdy. Batman and Robin apprehend each of them in turn, and accuse each of Wyre's murder, but each claims ignorance of Wyre's death. Since a guilty man would have tried to bargain with the threat of disclosing Batman's identity, they realize they have drawn three blanks.
But the manner they used to track down Hank Purdy, a high frequency transmitter, gives them an important clue; they discover similar signals coming from the Bat-Cave, and trace it to a banded Bat--the same bat Batman had earlier sent to Hank Prudy, with a message to get out of town. Batman reconstructs what must have occurred: Purdy was entertaining Wyre in his room when he received the bat-package, and Wyre, realizing it came from Batman, banded the leg with a high-frequency transmitter. Then, unknown to Purdy, Wyre sent it back home and trailed it to the Bat-Cave, but once within it, his flashlight disturbed the Bats and they fluttered against him en masse, causing him to strike his head on a stalagmite--the one which, even now, has a chip out of it--and killed himself. Batman reflects on how a bat gave away his secret identity, and another bat, or mass of bats, saved it.
Appearing in "Death Row's Innocent Resident"
- Bower (Only appearance; dies)
- Mr. Hawkins (Single appearance)
- Clancy (Single appearance)
- Mr. Dorian (Appears only as a corpse)(Flashback only)
- Frederick Steele (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Death Row's Innocent Resident"
A convicted murderer on death row agrees to confess to his crime, but only to the Batman. The convicted criminal tells Batman that he was framed and that the needs his help to find the truth before he is executed. Batman starts investigating and the convicted criminal only has only a few hours to live. After following the leads that the convicted man told him, Batman deduces that it was all a ruse to frame an innocent man and fool the Dynamic Duo into releasing the real criminal. As Batman learns the truth behind everything, the criminal is taken to the electric chair and pays his debt to society.
Appearing in "The League Against Batman"
- Wrecker (First appearance)
- Doug Forrow (Single appearance)
- Skip Denton (Single appearance)
- Mr. Baglund (Single appearance)
- Burke (Single appearance)
- Thomson (Single appearance)
- Ben Mosser (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The League Against Batman"
This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #197.
A new criminal appears in Gotham City and he calls himself The Wrecker. This criminal claims to hate Batman for sending two of his brothers to the electric chair and he is determined to destroy everything that has any relation with the Dark Knight. When Batman and Robin investigate the case, they discover that the Wrecker's campaign against Batman was just a smokescreen so he could profit from insurance money and they capture the criminal.
- This book was first published on November 11, 1969.
- The fifth story are reprinted pages from the Sunday newspaper strips by the McClure Syndicate (6/11/1944 - 7/30/1944).
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