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Batman Vol 1 291

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Appearing in "Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?"

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Supporting Characters:

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Other Characters:

  • Two-Face (Behind the scenes)
  • Colonel Jack van Cleeve (Single appearance)



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Synopsis for "Where Were You on the Night Batman Was Killed?"

The report goes out from coast-to-coast in the underworld that Batman has been killed. But scores of contradictory versions spring up as to who did it, how it was done, or if it was done at all. To settle the controversy, Col. Jake "the Claw" Van Cleeve, a top Gotham mobster, provides his estate as a court of crime to determine the truth or falsity of the reports from the top contenders, Catwoman, Lex Luthor, Riddler, and Joker. The judge is Ra's al Ghul, the prosecutor is "Two-Face", and the jury is composed of Mad Hatter, Spook, Poison Ivy, Scarecrow, Signalman, and Mr. Freeze. Catwoman, in widow's weeds, gives her testimony. After Batman recently broke up one of her rackets, she packed up her belongings and prepared to make her flee. Batman followed her to her hideout and took out her thugs while she escaped with her cats and treasure. Batman blocked the road with his Batmobile and forced them both off a bridge. She says that she bobbed to the surface and clung to a floating jaguar cage for safety. When Batman attempted to do the same, she made a tough decision, him, her jaguar, or a years worth of treasure. She kicked him off, and watched him drown. "Two-Face" demolishes her testimony by demonstrating that her jaguar cage, made of Brazilian pepper tree wood, is too heavy to float and could not have supported her in the water. Her phony testimony is an attempt to convince the underworld that she is capable of killing, thus convincing top criminal talents, who have hitherto shunned her, to flock to her banner. The jury declares Catwoman not guilty, and Ra's al Ghul dismisses her and adjourns the court till the next claimant can be heard.


  • Storyline continues in Batman #292.
  • Batman is disguised as Two-Face in this issue.
  • This issue is the lead story in that week's Daily Planet column.


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