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"The Bat-Man: "Peril in Paris"": Bruce Wayne is leaving his hotel in Paris when he spots an old friend, Jed Farnol. He stops this man, but it's not Jed Farnol, in fact, the man has no face! Bruce thinks this is strange, but proceeds to his hotel.


Quote1 What's the meaning of all this melodrama? Quote2
-- Bruce Wayne



Appearing in The Bat-Man: "Peril in Paris"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Charles Maire (First appearance)
  • Karel Maire (First appearance)

Villains:

Other Characters:

  • Jed Farnol (Mentioned only)

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Synopsis for The Bat-Man: "Peril in Paris"

Bruce Wayne is leaving his hotel in Paris when he spots an old friend, Jed Farnol. He stops this man, but it's not Jed Farnol, in fact, the man has no face! Bruce thinks this is strange, but proceeds to his hotel.

At the midtown hotel, a beautiful woman worries that she is doomed. She has received the mark of Duc D'Orterre, master of the Apaches. This woman runs outside to find a taxi, and gets into the same cab as Bruce Wayne. They are instantly attacked by a dagger thrown through the window. Bruce helps this woman escape through the traffic, and demands answers about who is trying to kill her. The woman faints when she sees the faceless man from earlier. Back in Bruce's hotel room, they revive her, and it's explained that they are siblings: Charles Maire and Karel Maire. Charles explains that they met the Duc D'Orterre at a bal masque, where the Duc fell in love with Karel. Charles interfered, and the Duc had his thugs kidnap him. They took him through the sewers to a secret laboratory where they burned away his face with a terrible ray. Charles tells Bruce that the Duc must be destroyed, because the Duc is trying to steal their fortune. Bruce Wayne promises to help, then casually leaves the room and returns as the Batman.

That night, Batman enters the sewers and finds the Apaches. He is interrupted by Duc D'Orterre, who knocks him out with a knockout ray, built into his walking cane. The Duc straps Batman to a torture contraption called "the Wheel of Chance". The wheel spins so fast that Batman will either be thrown against the walls and crushed, or he'll go mad from the never-ceasing whirling. The Duc starts the wheel, but Batman breaks out of his leather bonds just by flexing his wrist muscles. Batman tries to leap off the wheel, but the Duc opens a hatch and Batman leaps into a weird garden. The garden is filled with flowers that have the faces of people! Batman worries that he is going mad.

The Duc sends his henchmen to kidnap Charles and Karel. They strap Charles to the Wheel of Chance so he will reveal where their fortune is hidden. The flowers talk to Batman, and give him instructions on how to release them from this garden. Batman follows their directions back to the Wheel, and releases Charles. Charles explains that the Duc has taken to Karel to a palace in Champagne.

Batman and Charles leave together in the Bat-Gyro. They spot the Duc's car on the road, and Batman descends by rope-ladder. Batman easily defends against the Ray Cane, but is unprepared when the Duc pulls out a knife. Karel kicks the Duc, making him drop his weapon. Batman and the Duc struggle while the car continues at a high speed with no driver. The car goes flying off a cliff. Batman barely manages to grab his rope ladder and rescue Karel. The Duc plummets to his death. In the aftermath, Karel begs Batman to tell them who he really is. Batman tells her that his identity must remain a secret, and bids them goodbye.

Appearing in Bart Regan, Spy: "The Ambassador to Bolaria"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Ambassador Reynolds (Single appearance)

Villains:

  • Commander (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Bart Regan, Spy: "The Ambassador to Bolaria"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Buck Marshall: "The Last Trick"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Jackson (Single appearance)

Villains:

  • Demars (Single appearance)
  • Campton (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Kelly (Only appearance; dies)

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Synopsis for Buck Marshall: "The Last Trick"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Steve Malone: "The Cleaner Protective Association"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Happy

Villains:

  • Mario (Single appearance)
  • Spike (Single appearance)
  • Hank (Single appearance)
  • Joe (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Steve Malone: "The Cleaner Protective Association"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Speed Saunders: "The Spy Mystery"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Frenchy (Single appearance)

Villains:

  • Harvey Doll (Only appearance; dies)

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Synopsis for Speed Saunders: "The Spy Mystery"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise: "The Secret Treaty"

Featured Characters:

  • Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise

Supporting Characters:

  • Tom Burke (Only appearance; dies)

Villains:

  • Spies

Other Characters:

  • Secretary of War

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Items:

Vehicles:

  • S.S. Cambria

Synopsis for Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise: "The Secret Treaty"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Bruce Nelson: "The White Goddess, Part 2"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Mambu

Villains:

  • Warriors of the Great White Goddess

Other Characters:

  • The White Goddess (First appearance)

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Synopsis for Bruce Nelson: "The White Goddess, Part 2"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Slam Bradley: "The Vacation"

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Villains:

  • Agent XY-0 (Single appearance)
  • Boris Borscht (Single appearance)
  • James Kildare (Single appearance)

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  • passenger steamship
  • Twerpanese submarine
  • Twerpanese aircraft

Synopsis for Slam Bradley: "The Vacation"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Notes

  • This book was first published on October 30, 1939.
  • Published by Detective Comics, Inc.
  • Batman:
    • "Peril in Paris" is reprinted in Batman Archives, Volume 1 and Batman Chronicles Vol 1.
    • Chronologically, "Peril in Paris" takes place immediately after the events in Detective Comics #32. This is why the Batplane appears in this issue even though it was destroyed in issue #32.
    • The origin or purpose of the people-faced flowers in the Duc's garden are never explained, nor is it ever stated whether they are real or hallucinations.
  • Crimson Avenger:
  • Slam Bradley:

Trivia

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