"The Sinister Straws of the Scarecrow": The Scarecrow, with the help of his two Strawmen, Otto and Raymond, develops an improved version of his Fear Toxin, which produces phobophobia, the fear of one's own fears, and then releases the mos
- There is no such thing as a totally fearless human! Each of us has some special, supreme dread-- often unknown to us-- buried in the deepest recesses of our being!
Appearing in "The Sinister Straws of the Scarecrow"
- Commissioner Gordon
- Schemer Leo (First appearance)
- Otto (Single appearance)
- Raymond (Single appearance)
- Jarvis Skibo (Single appearance)
- Mr. Baldwin (Single appearance)
- Thurston Binns (Behind the scenes)
- GCPD Headquarters
- Gotham City National Bank
Synopsis for "The Sinister Straws of the Scarecrow"
The Scarecrow, with the help of his two Strawmen, Otto and Raymond, develops an improved version of his Fear Toxin, which produces phobophobia, the fear of one's own fears, and then releases the most supreme dread in a specific victim. His latest modus operandi is to have his men use the chemical on persons suspected of unsolved crimes, force the victims to return the loot at a specific place and time, and snatch the swag while they are delivering it.
Their first target is Jarvis Skibo, who fearfully returns $50,000 in stolen bonds to a bank. But Batman discovers Skibo's identity through an informant, and has Commissioner Gordon leak the information that the bonds returned were counterfeit. The Scarecrow attempts to terrorize Skibo again, but Batman appears to fight him and the Strawmen. In the struggle, the villains manage an escape, leaving to Batman get the details of the Scarecrow's operation from Skibo. Having learned that Scarecrow's next victim is Thurston Binns, Batman prepares his next plan of action.
When Scarecrow and his thugs arrive to Binn's place to terrorize him, they are shocked when Batman reveals himsef as a disguised Binns and fights the thugs. During the struggle, Batman is dosed with the fear toxin, crippling him for a few moments until he overcomes his own fear of failure and defeats the Scarecrow.
- The cover of this issue is was remastered and reused as the cover of the Batman/Scarecrow: Fear Collection.
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