"The Tick-Tock Traps of the Time Commander!": While attending a performance by John Starr, a modern day "Monte Cristo" claiming to be framed for a crime he did not commit, Bruce Wayne is approached by Starr after the performance in his guise
Appearing in "The Tick-Tock Traps of the Time Commander!"
- Time Commander (First appearance)
Synopsis for "The Tick-Tock Traps of the Time Commander!"
While attending a performance by John Starr, a modern day "Monte Cristo" claiming to be framed for a crime he did not commit, Bruce Wayne is approached by Starr after the performance in his guise of the Time Commander, using his time-shifting hour glass to reveal that he knows Wayne is really Batman and asks for Batman's help in clearing his name.
However, this proves to be a ploy, and the Time Commander knocks out and ties up Batman and uses the Caped Crusader's resources to trick the Green Lantern into charging the Time Commander with power from his ring while disguised as Batman. While the Time Commander steals powerful isotopes and frames Batman for the crime, Green Lantern returns to Gotham City and learns the truth.
Freeing Batman, the two work together to try and stop the Time Commander, spoiling his masquerade as Batman, however they fail to stop the crook from besting them and using his prism technology to send Green Lantern 24 hours into the past, and Batman 24 hours in the future.
While the Time Commander attempts to terrorize the city until they clear John Starr's name, the two heroes literally use time to their advantage to get the best of Time Commander by seting-up an air raid siren to destroy the Commanders' hour glass, enabling the heroes to achieve a fast victory against the crook, unmask him as Starr and turn him over to the police.
- This issue is reprinted in Brave and the Bold #112 and The Brave and the Bold Team-Up Archives Vol. 1.
- This story makes a reference to Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's butler, as him being on vacation. By the time this issue was published, Alfred had already been killed several months prior on Detective Comics #328. This means that this story probably took place before the events of "DC #328" or it was simply an editorial mistake.
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