"Color Me Deadly!": Crazy-Quilt, having finally been released from prison, has learned a brutal truth: his sight, only useful at recognizing bright, vivid colors, will fade away permanently in a matter of months. Accordingly, he breaks into Gotham's S.T.A.R. Labs,
- I'd prefer to think I'm an example of my generation-- rather than the exception!
- -- Robin
Appearing in "Color Me Deadly!"
- Commissioner Gordon
- Dr. Norman Dexter (Single appearance)
- Crazy Quilt (Origin)
- Gwen (Cameo)
- Gotham Community Hospital
Synopsis for "Color Me Deadly!"
Crazy-Quilt, having finally been released from prison, has learned a brutal truth: his sight, only useful at recognizing bright, vivid colors, will fade away permanently in a matter of months. Accordingly, he breaks into Gotham's S.T.A.R. Labs, dazzling the scientists with a light display and blinding Batman and Robin with the rays from his color-helmet while he steals a laser-focusing element. Then he kidnaps Dr. Norman Dexter, a surgeon who has pioneered revolutionary techniques of optic surgery, and forces him to operate on his eyes at gunpoint, using only a local anesthetic.
Crazy-Quilt had earlier hired an arsonist to torch the tenth floor of the hospital, ensuring it would be deserted for his operation. When Batman and Robin deduce Crazy-Quilt's plan after learning of Dexter's abduction, they fight their way to the top of the hospital past Crazy-Quilt's defensive devices. The operation is finished when they arrive, and Crazy-Quilt dons his helmet to fire brilliant color-rays at them. Robin reflects the rays back into Crazy-Quilt's eyes with a polished instrument tray. The impact proves too much for his over-sensitized optic nerves and Crazy-Quilt is rendered permanently blind.
- This book was first published on July 5, 1979.
- This issue is reprinted in Tales of the Batman: Len Wein.
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