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"Batman: "The Harlequin's Hoax"": The Joker sets his next scheme in motion and he sends incomplete and apparently useless gifts to a few selected people in Gotham City.


Quote1 Robin, will you please kick me in the pants... and do it without asking any questions? Quote2
-- Batman



Appearing in Batman: "The Harlequin's Hoax"

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  • Charles Saunders (Single appearance)
  • Bill (Single appearance)
  • Mr. Fordney (Single appearance)
  • Richard Morse (Single appearance)
  • Jim Brown (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Batman: "The Harlequin's Hoax"

The Joker sets his next scheme in motion and he sends incomplete and apparently useless gifts to a few selected people in Gotham City.

Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne and Linda Page are on a date at the amusement park. While they are riding the parachute jump, the ride breaks and they are stuck in the middle of the air without a chance of leaving. Suddenly, the Bat-Signal appears in the sky and Bruce is forced to pretend an accidental fall from the ride in order to answer the summon. Moments later at the GCPD Headquarters, Commissioner Gordon informs Batman about the recent gifts from Joker. At that moment, the Joker and his gang strike and steal a place without an effort.

The next day, Bruce learns that the place Joker stole from belongs to one of the people who received the gifts. Using his deductive skills, Bruce informs Dick Grayson their plan to capture the Joker. That night, when Joker strikes at the place of the second man who received the gift, Batman and Robin are waiting for him inside and they manage to capture the Joker easily. However, on their way to the police, Joker manages to free himself and gets away from the dynamic duo.

Batman then pays a visit to the remaining people that received gifts from the Joker and he behaves in a weird way, much to Robin's surprise. The reason why Batman started acting weird is because he was trying to find a connection between the people and the gifts given. In the end, Batman realizes that the incomplete gifts resemble the people in the fact that the people are also missing parts of their bodies. One of them tells Batman that they all lost their body parts during an accident years prior, where a couple of men died and the rest were blamed for their deaths. The Joker's gift are the criminal's way of blackmailing them with the past tragedy. At that moment, Joker arrives and places Batman, Robin and the third man in a trap with a bomb. When the Joker leaves, the man manages to throw the bomb out through the window and the explosion set them all free without harm.

Batman and Robin chase the Joker and his gang to a plane factory, where they manage to capture every member of Joker's gang. However, after a lenghty chase, the Joker himself gets aboard one of the planes and rides away from the place, avoiding once again being captured by Batman and Robin.

Appearing in Boy Commandos: "The Siege of Krovka"

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  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Soviets
    • Russians
      • Townspeople of Krovka (Single appearance)
        • Ivan Vanin (Single appearance)
        • Tanya Vanin (Single appearance)
        • Boris Vanin (Single appearance)
        • Mama Vanin (Single appearance)
        • Zenovikov (Single appearance)
        • Colonel Starrkov (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Boy Commandos: "The Siege of Krovka"

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Appearing in Crimson Avenger: "The Three Behind the Throne"

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  • Caesar Gutter (Single appearance)

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  • Scoop Carter (Single appearance)
  • Adam Scringe (Single appearance)
  • Magnus King (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Crimson Avenger: "The Three Behind the Throne"

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Appearing in Bart Regan, Spy: "The Case of the Sweet-Toothed Spy"

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Synopsis for Bart Regan, Spy: "The Case of the Sweet-Toothed Spy"

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Appearing in Air Wave: "The Magic Cupboard"

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  • Static (Parrot)

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  • Mrs. Hubbard

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Synopsis for Air Wave: "The Magic Cupboard"

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Appearing in Slam Bradley: "Case of the Artistic Ape"

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