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"Batman: "One of the Most Perfect Frame-Ups"": The heretofore-unheard-of Penguin steals a valuable painting and fences it to “the Boss,” who hires him to do some crime-planning for him, and soon an ambitious crime spree sweeps over the city. When “the Boss” tries


Quote1 Nobody can catch The Penguin! Quote2
-- Penguin



Appearing in Batman: "One of the Most Perfect Frame-Ups"

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The heretofore-unheard-of Penguin steals a valuable painting and fences it to “the Boss,” who hires him to do some crime-planning for him, and soon an ambitious crime spree sweeps over the city. When “the Boss” tries to screw over the Penguin at loot-splitting time, Penguin just guns him down, with a rifle concealed in his umbrella, and takes over his gang. During a subsequent crime, Penguin manages to gas Batman with another trick umbrella, leaving him woozy and half-amnesiac. Penguin takes this opportunity to frame Batman for stealing an expensive jade idol, of which the Penguin himself is the real owner. This complicated but effective plan works, and the police arrest Batman. Then as they drive away with Batman in the back of a police truck, Penguin’s men crash a car into it, and grab Batman, escaping with him.

Soon, Batman escapes the Penguin with help from Robin and together they search for the Penguin. Batman and Robin break up the Penguin’s gang, and exonerate themselves by delivering the stolen goods to Commissioner Gordon. The Penguin, however, scrambles aboard a passing express train, and escapes.

Appearing in Bart Regan, Spy: "New Orleans - Queen City of the South"

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Appearing in Larry Steele: "The Case of the Frightened Sister"

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Appearing in Cliff Crosby: "Vacation at Lake Cobalt"

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Appearing in Speed Saunders: "The Cigarette Murder"

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Appearing in The Crimson Avenger: "Smith and Smythe"

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Appearing in Steve Malone: "Murder in the Metropolitan Hotel"

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Appearing in Slam Bradley: "Everything Happens to Slam"

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Notes

  • This book was first published on October 21, 1941.
  • At this point in his career, Batman has just very recently been deputized as an honorary GCPD cop. Penguin’s trick causes Commissioner Gordon some serious doubts about the wisdom of this decision, but in the end he’s reassured.
  • This issue marks the first appearance of the Golden Age Penguin. The Penguin became one of the Batman's most notorious foes and appeared regularly throughout the entire Golden Age era. The Penguin was also featured in the Batman daily comic strips featured in newspaper publications throughout the 1940s and 50s. He appears next in Detective Comics #59.
  • "One of the Most Perfect Frame-Ups" is reprinted in Batman Archives, Volume 2 and Batman Chronicles Vol 5.
  • Batman and Robin appeared last in the Hop Harrigan text story featured in All-Star Comics #8. They appear next in World's Finest #4.
  • Commissioner Gordon appeared last in Batman #8. He appears next in Batman #9.
  • Final Golden Age appearance of Speed Saunders. He reappears years later in the JSA Returns saga.

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