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"Mystery of the Menacing Mask": This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #327.
Appearing in "Mystery of the Menacing Mask"
- Linda Greene (Single appearance)
- Frank Fenton (Single appearance)
- Smiler (Single appearance)
- Gotham City Police Department
- Andrew Wallis (Single appearance)
- James Packer (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Mystery of the Menacing Mask"
This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #327.
A heated debate over Gotham Village has begun, while anti-crime groups want the area of Gotham City destroyed and rebuilt, there are those who are asking for conservation of the location because it's destruction would lead to many being homeless and many businesses going under.
As part of the committee, Bruce Wayne and his ward Dick Grayson decide to take a walk through Gotham Village where they are confronted by Linda Greene who asks Wayne to help preserve Gotham Village. She tells how she and her fiancé James Packer grew up there and will be married. But she explains that she is worried because he has been away from home at odd hours and also she found a map. When seeing a circled x Batman and Robin recall an earlier evening when they were doused with an isotope that put the same mark on their foreheads. Learning what kind of isotope it was and who in Gotham last ordered it they followed their lead to criminal Frank Fenton who flaunts stolen goods in their faces. Batman and Robin are unable to stop Fenton because the isotope they were exposed too allows Fenton to paralyze them until he can make his escape.
Finishing their recollection Linda spots her fiancé, and Bruce and Dick offer to speak to him on her behalf, but instead change to Batman and Robin to pursue him. They end up finding a secret tunnel way to the criminal organization which runs in the Gotham Village area. When Fenton tries to paralyze them again, he soon finds it doesn't work and Batman and Robin manage to round up the whole crowd.
When the police arrive, Batman notices the ring leader is wearing a fake mask and removes it to reveal that he is Roland Meacham, the head of the preservation committee of Gotham Village. When asked how they managed to counteract the effect of the isotope Batman then reveals that they used lead shielding in order to block the commands from Fenton and were able to stop all the crooks.
Later, back in their civilian guises Bruce and Dick see that Linda and James have patched things up and bring them news that the committee had decided to preserve Gotham Village after all.
Appearing in "Doorway to the Unknown"
Synopsis for "Doorway to the Unknown"
This story is reprinted from The Flash #148.
The Flash gets a visit from a repentant crook named Fred Dallman, who puts him on the trail to save the life of a man he framed for his crime, and who, in turn, gets him to save his brother from a life of crime. But when the speedster mentions Dallman’s name to the police, he learns that Dallman died last night at midnight--precisely the time he appeared to the Flash.
Appearing in "The Scientific Crook-Catcher"
Synopsis for "The Scientific Crook-Catcher"
This story is reprinted from Adventures of Rex the Wonder Dog #29.
Appearing in "Mystery of the Giant Footprints"
Synopsis for "Mystery of the Giant Footprints"
This story is reprinted from Mystery in Space #57.
On the planet Rann, Alanna waits for Adam Strange's scheduled arrival via the Zeta Beam. When he arrives he isn't wearing his rocket suit. He explains that the Zeta-Beam targeted a small sinking island off the Pacific that was near a US air force base and so he choose not to wear it so as to not attract undue attention to himself. Returning to Alanna's home and dawning a spare rocket suit, Alanna tells Adam that Rann has its own sinking island. The two decide to go and explore it.
Arriving at the island located on the Sea of Ybss, they are shocked to find a giant foot print. Going in for a closer look the two are soon captured by a giant alien from the Rhollian race. Caging the two explorers, the out-of-breath alien explains how the Rhollian's have been searching for planets that have Orichalkum for the past twenty thousand years because it's destroy is essential component to slowing their growth rate and preventing their young from growing lungs that are too big to intake the oxygen they need to live. It then explains that they intend to sink this island.
Fearing that it would cause untold ecological damage, Alanna and Adam free themselves to try and stop the Rhollians from activating their earthquake machine. Adam gets the Rhollian's to chase them until the island starts to sink. Thinking that their earthquake device is the cause, the Rhollian's leave believing their mission was accomplished.
Rescued by a ship investigating the earthquake, Adam orders Alanna to send a space fleet out to bring back the aliens so they don't attempt to sink the island again. Just then his Zeta-Beam wears off and is transported back to Earth.
Appearing in "Challenge of the Headless Baseball Team"
- New York Jets (Single appearance)
- Lefty Clark (Single appearance)
- Chopper (Single appearance)
- Enath (alien) (Flashback and main story)
- The Krann (Alien Race) (Single appearance)
- Protana Globe
- Alien Vessel (Destroyed)
Synopsis for "Challenge of the Headless Baseball Team"
This story is reprinted from Brave and the Bold #45.
- This book was first published on August 6, 1968.
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