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"Batman: "The Case of the Prophetic Pictures"": Pierre Antal, a famous portrait artist and womanizing ne'er-do-well discovers that his paintings have been defaced or damaged. The subjects of the paintings are also dead.


Quote1 Vanity, sheer vanity! I like to look at myself! Always enjoy looking in the mirror! Quote2
-- Bruce Wayne



Appearing in Batman: "The Case of the Prophetic Pictures"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Pierre Antal (First appearance)

Villains:

  • Mr. Wylie, The Painter of Death (Only appearance; dies)

Other Characters:

  • Mikoff (Single appearance)
  • Vangild (Only appearance; dies)
  • Carmen Largo (Only appearance; dies)
  • Mr. Warren (Only appearance; dies)
  • Mr. Travers (Single appearance)
  • Mr. Drake (Single appearance)
  • Mr. Bleek (Single appearance)
  • Jim (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • Portrait of Bruce Wayne

Vehicles:

  • Batman's souped-up 1939 Cord, still pre-Batmobile

Synopsis for Batman: "The Case of the Prophetic Pictures"

Pierre Antal, a famous portrait artist and womanizing ne'er-do-well discovers that his paintings have been defaced or damaged. The subjects of the paintings are also dead.

In the following days, a millionaire and an opera singer have portraits done by Antal, only to later find that the pictures are later altered, showing them being killed by different weapons. The day after each portrait is completed, each person is killed exactly in the manner their portrait predicts.

Batman tries to prevent a hanging of one subject of the paintings, Mr. Warren, and climbs the outside of a skyscraper to Warren's penthouse in hopes of surprising the killer, but arrives too late and when police arrive, Warren is already swinging, so of course they suspect Batman of doing the murders, and there's a brief chase

Later, Robin manages to find the killer on a yacht, disguised in a painter's smock and beret, while wearing a green skull and pursuing his next victim. Although he saves the intended victim, the killer escapes.

To lure him out, Bruce Wayne has a painting done by Antal and sets up a dummy to fool the killer. In his mansion's study, Batman manages to detain and unmask the killer, who turns out to be Wylie, a financially-stressed socialite who was trying to raise the prices of his art collection via this elaborate and murderous ruse. Soon after being caught, Wylie commits suicide with his own handgun.

Appearing in Bart Regan, Spy: "The Missing Gas Mask"

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  • Unknown

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  • Unknown

Other Characters:

  • Unknown

Locations:

  • Unknown

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Bart Regan, Spy: "The Missing Gas Mask"

Bart Regan helps track down the thief who stole the plans to a new gas mask.

Appearing in "Red Logan, Ace Reporter"

Featured Characters:

  • Red Logan

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Synopsis for "Red Logan, Ace Reporter"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in The Crimson Avenger: "The Girl in Red"

Featured Characters:

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Villains:

  • Unnamed ring

Other Characters:

  • Mac

Locations:

  • Unknown

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for The Crimson Avenger: "The Girl in Red"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator: "The Pyromaniac"

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Villains:

  • Hal Johonson (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Dolan (Single appearance)

Locations:

  • Unknown

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Speed Saunders, Ace Investigator: "The Pyromaniac"

Speed busts a pyromaniac.

Appearing in Steve Malone: "Murder In the Seashore Inn"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Unknown

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  • Unknown

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  • Unknown

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  • Unknown

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  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Steve Malone: "Murder In the Seashore Inn"

Steve solves the murder of a newspaperman killed by protection racketeers.

Appearing in "Cliff Crosby"

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Synopsis for "Cliff Crosby"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Slam Bradley: "The Gem Jewelry Company"

Featured Characters:

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Villains:

  • Unnamed crooks

Other Characters:

  • Officer Callahan

Locations:

  • Unknown

Items:

  • None

Vehicles:

  • None

Synopsis for Slam Bradley: "The Gem Jewelry Company"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



Notes

Trivia

  • In "Case of the Prophetic Portrait", the portrait of Bruce Wayne was shot with a bullet (as an "omen" of how he'd die), and this was later kept in the Batcave as a trophy.



See Also


Recommended Reading


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