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"Batman meets "Professor Hugo Strange"": The Batman arrives too late to stop a drive-by shooting. Before the victim perishes, he mutters the words "fog" and "strange". Batman later learns that the victim was a G-man and that he was referencing the notorious scientific


Quote1 They can't keep me here, caged like some wild beast! I'll escape... and when I do, I shall devote the rest of my life in revenging myself upon the Batman! Quote2
-- Hugo Strange



Appearing in Batman meets "Professor Hugo Strange"

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  • John Davis (Only appearance; dies)
  • Henry Jenkins

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Synopsis for Batman meets "Professor Hugo Strange"

The Batman arrives too late to stop a drive-by shooting. Before the victim perishes, he mutters the words "fog" and "strange". Batman later learns that the victim was a G-man and that he was referencing the notorious scientific criminal, Professor Hugo Strange.

Meanwhile, Strange has kidnapped electrical engineer Henry Jenkins, and forces him to design a device that will generate a perpetual fog wherever he requires it. With the fog in place, Strange's men can commit crimes with added stealth and evade police capture.

Batman eventually tracks Hugo Strange down and battles his men. He rescues Henry Jenkins and destroys the fog generator. Hugo Strange is captured and taken to jail, but makes a vow to get revenge on Batman.

Appearing in Bart Regan, Spy: "The Rantor"

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  • Hunchback (Single appearance)
  • Spy Leader (Single appearance)

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  • Freight Steamship

Synopsis for Bart Regan, Spy: "The Rantor"

An enemy spy, with dynamite strapped to his own back, attempts to sink a freight ship, and Bart Regan attempts to stop him.

Appearing in Buck Marshall: "Claim of Satan"

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  • Sheriff

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  • Welsh (Single appearance)
  • Briggs (Single appearance) (Flashback and main story)
  • Shaefer (Single appearance) (Flashback and main story)

Other Characters:

  • Jim Tracy (Single appearance) (Flashback and main story)
  • Ned Gavin (Single appearance) (Dies in flashback)

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Synopsis for Buck Marshall: "Claim of Satan"

Buck Marshall stops the hanging of a wrongly condemned convict.

Appearing in Steve Malone: "Rocky Roman"

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  • Hawkeye (Single appearance)

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  • Rocky Roman (Single appearance)
  • Joe (Single appearance)
  • Ruth Roman (Single appearance)

Synopsis for Steve Malone: "Rocky Roman"

District Attorney Steve Malone tracks down wanted murderer Rocky Roman. After a rooftop shoot-out and a fistfight, Roman ends up in police custody.

Appearing in Speed Saunders: "The Spider"

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  • Roberta Rogers aka Spider (Single appearance)

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  • Countess Ruskovsky (Single appearance)
  • Serge Ruskovsky (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Speed Saunders: "The Spider"

Speed Saunders busts a famous jewel thief, the Spider, who turns out to be a woman, masquerading as a man.

Appearing in Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise: "The Purple Mesa"

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  • Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise

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  • Jim Lawson (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Ethel Ridgewood (Single appearance)
  • Ridgewood
  • Gus Batson (Only appearance; dies)

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  • Out West

Synopsis for Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise: "The Purple Mesa"

Cosmo goes out west, to catch some rustlers. He is terrible at cowboying, but he catches his quarry.

Appearing in Bruce Nelson: "A Weekend Party at the Mountain Lodge"

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  • Keith Lord (Single appearance)

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  • Ted Grayson (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Sam Waller (Only appearance; dies)
  • Sandra King (Single appearance)
  • Lee Fung (Single appearance)

Synopsis for Bruce Nelson: "A Weekend Party at the Mountain Lodge"

Bruce investigates a murder at a ski lodge.

Appearing in Slam Bradley: "The Lan Chee Tong"

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  • Chong (Only appearance; dies)

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  • Ken Fu (Single appearance)
    • Lan Chee Tong
  • Moy Ting (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Slam Bradley: "The Lan Chee Tong"

Slam Bradley and Shorty Morgan are hired by Ken Fu, head of the Lan Chee Tong, to travel to China and retrieve an item. They are not told what the item is. They agree to this, and guided by Moy Ting, a Chinese woman, they sail to Asia. Whatever they are looking for, it is also sought by a rival group, led by Chong, who manages to capture Slam. Chong tortures Slam, fruitlessly seeking the location of the item, until Moy Ting rescues him.

Slam and Shorty and Moy Ting begin a long trip across China, stealthily followed at some distance by Chong. Eventually they arrive at a remote temple, and Moy Ting reveals that the item to retrieve is an idol. Chong shows up and tries to steal the idol for himself, but in the process activates a trap which kills him. Slam retrieves the idol, and they bring it back to Ken Fu and his Lan Chee Tong.

Notes

  • This book was first published on December 30, 1939.
  • Published by Detective Comics, Inc.
  • This issue's Batman story is the first appearance of Hugo Strange. Hugo Strange will return in Batman #1.
    • Strange has already escaped from State Prison at the beginning of this story, so this fog-cover burglary-wave is the second major crime scheme of his career.
    • "Professor Hugo Strange" is reprinted in Batman Archives, Volume 1 and 'Batman Chronicles Vol 1'.
    • First issue for inking by Jerry Robinson.
    • Starting this issue, Batman has three scalloped fins on the forearms of each of his gloves. Batman's complete costume will maintain this look for several years.
  • Last issue for Bruce Nelson by Tom Hickey.
  • Last issue for Buck Marshall by Homer Fleming.

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