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"The 50-Story Killer!": After winning the election, the new mayor of Gotham City forces Batman to retire in favor if instating the Metal Men as his replacement under the idea that the six robots could better defend Gotham City. Indignant,


Quote1 Poor Gordon! He really is getting too old! They did him a favor...retiring him before he becomes decrepit! Hope someone does the same when my time comes! Quote2
-- Batman



Appearing in "The 50-Story Killer!"

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  • One Arm (Single appearance)

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  • Charles Morgan (Single appearance)
  • John Higgins (Single appearance)
  • Miss Walters (Single appearance)
  • Ed (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "The 50-Story Killer!"

After winning the election, the new mayor of Gotham City forces Batman to retire in favor if instating the Metal Men as his replacement under the idea that the six robots could better defend Gotham City. Indignant, Batman refuses to retire, however after Batman bungles a truck robbery (which is stopped by the Metal Men) the mayor is forced to place a court order preventing Batman from acting in the city. Deciding to accept reality, Batman decides that he should retire and resume his daily life as Bruce Wayne.

The next day at work at Wayne Enterprises, Bruce is surprised when armed men break into the office (led by a man named One Arm) and hold him and the entire building hostage. They are threatening to kill everyone with a special gas if their demands are not met, which is a ransom of the entire Wayne Enterprises net value. The Metal Men are sent in to sneak around and try to find the gas and destroy it before it can kill the hostages, but they are found out and ordered to leave.

With no place left to turn, the mayor concedes to Jim Gordon's request to call Batman for help. With One Arm and his men elsewhere, and spotting the bat signal, Bruce changes into Batman and tries to find the gas himself. His search is cut short when he notices One Arm's men returning to his office, so he returns and changes back to Bruce Wayne. Forced to give away the ransom, Jim Gordon agrees to do it. However, One Arm shoots Gordon in cold blood, when Wayne tries to stop them from getting away, they tie him to the Y of the Wayne Enterprise building's sign. Bruce then realizes where the gas is hidden because it's the only part of the sign not lit up.

Alerting the Metal Men, who break Bruce free and destroy the gas, Bruce sneaks off and changes into Batman and goes after One Arm in his Whirly-Bat. He easily causes them to crash their copter into a tree where they are arrested. Resuming his Bruce Wayne guise, he later returns to the Metal Men where he learns Jim Gordon is expected to recover. He tells them that One Arm targeted Wayne Enterprises because One Arm was once captured by Batman, and sought revenge through Wayne due to their close connections.

Appearing in "The World's Three Most Dangerous Arrows"

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  • Unnamed Crooks (Single appearance)

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  • None

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Synopsis for "The World's Three Most Dangerous Arrows"

This story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #248.

After Oliver and Roy Harper get x-rays as part of a community drive (during which Oliver accidentally breaks the crystal of his brand new watch), he learns from the x-ray lab that the photos indicate a radium burn on a small but vital part of his body, and that he has only a month to live. Thus, feeling he has nothing to lose, Green Arrow decides to use three imperfect and potentially deadly arrows to fight crime: the Electronic Arrow, which can set up a small electrical storm, also endangering the user; the Satellite Arrow, whose jet-stream could be fatal to an archer standing behind it; and the Super-Boomerang Arrow, which flies back to the one who uses it so quickly that he cannot avoid being hit. Green Arrow does use the three arrows successfully to fight crime. Later on, however, he learns that the radium “burn” on the x-ray was only caused by part of the radium dial on his watch rubbing off on the photo--and nearly faints when he hears it.

Appearing in "Creature of a Thousand Shapes!"

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Synopsis for "Creature of a Thousand Shapes!"

This story is reprinted from Brave and the Bold #34.

Thanagarian police officers Katar and Shayera Hol travel to Earth in their space vessel in pursuit of a criminal named Byth Rok. Byth, having consumed a pill that grants him the ability to alter his shape, comes to Earth to commit bold new crimes simply for the thrill of the challenge. Katar and Shayera use the electric brain on their ship to learn about Earth's cultures and languages. Landing in Midway City, they introduce themselves to Midway's police commissioner George Emmett. Emmett is fascinated by the fact that they are alien police officers and uses his influence to provide them with Earth identities. Katar and Shayera take the names Carter and Shiera Hall and become the new curators for the Midway City Museum. As curators they meet one of the Museum's patrons, naturalist Mavis Trent. Mavis is instantly attracted to Carter Hall and persists in trying to charm him despite the fact that he is already married. They also meet the Museum's press agent Joe Tracy.

Byth meanwhile, uses his shape-shifting talents to commit a string of thefts. He soon discovers that Katar and Shayera are on Earth and are looking to bring him in. When their paths finally cross, Byth assumes the shape of a Thanagarian Kasta Bird and attacks them. They trap him inside of a throwing net, but Byth changes shape again and transforms into a fly that slips through the interstices of the net.

Later, Byth decides to rob the Bi-State Tunnel. Not satisfied with merely stealing money, he decides to steal the entire tunnel itself. Transforming into a giant Thanagarian Brontadon, he crawls through the tunnel and begins wreaking havoc. Katar and Shayera engage him in battle and eventually subdue him by striking at the Brontadon's twin brains simultaneously. Once captured, Byth returns to his normal form whereupon he is placed inside of a hibernation chamber and rocketed back to Thanagar.

Appearing in "The Man Who Conquered the Challengers"

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  • Dr. Charles Ferriss
  • Mrs. Landreau

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  • Island of Ruins

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  • Challenger Jet

Synopsis for "The Man Who Conquered the Challengers"

This story is reprinted from Challengers of the Unknown #14.

When invited to view an expedition of the Island of Ruins, the Challengers are told of a secret formula that will grant a being immortality of a sort -- granted with a super power, every time the empowered being would die they would be reborn with a new ability. The formula is stolen by a crook who drinks it and becomes Multi-Man.

Pursued by the Challengers, each time he is about to be captured, Multi-Man kills himself to commit a new crime with a new power. Finally, while Multi-Man gains flying powers, Ace manages to douse him with the antidote chaning Multi-Man back to normal, and he is promptly arrested.

Appearing in "The Figurehead of the Burning Sea"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Princess Asa

Villains:

  • Jarl Eric the Axe (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • King Harold (First appearance)

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  • Wooden Statue of Asa

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  • Jarl Eric's Ship
  • Jon's Boat

Synopsis for "The Figurehead of the Burning Sea"

This story is reprinted from Brave and the Bold #23.

Hearing of his brother Torgo's defeat, Jarl Eric the Dragon King vows vengeance on Jon. Using an ancient spell, he traps the soul of Jon's beloved Asa in a statue of wood. Jon must challenge Eric to bring her back to her true form!

Notes

Trivia

  • Includes biography pages on DC Comics writer Bob Haney and artist Jim Aparo.
  • Includes a three-page piece titled "The Brave and the Bold Co-Stars" narrated by Batman.



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