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"Batman: "License for Larceny"": A man called J. Spencer Larson is a business financier, who promises his customers to increase any sum of money they invest. Bruce Wayne invests some of his money with the man, not knowing the real thr



Appearing in Batman: "License for Larceny"

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  • Larry the Judge (Single appearance)
  • Lefty (Single appearance)
  • Second-Story Sam (Single appearance)
  • Muggsy (Single appearance)
  • Gas-Pipe Grogan (Single appearance)
  • Iron-Jaw (Single appearance)
  • Tommy the Twitch (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Batman: "License for Larceny"

A man called J. Spencer Larson is a business financier, who promises his customers to increase any sum of money they invest. Bruce Wayne invests some of his money with the man, not knowing the real threat behind. Larson, is in fact a crime lord known as "Larry the Judge" and he controls the criminal activities of the Gotham underground. Using his power, he designs a procedure for any sort of criminal activity in which any criminal who wants to perform a crime, must first request a licence for that crime from him. In this way, Larry secured that the crimes are strictly under his control.

A crime spree starts in Gotham and one of these crimes is the robbing of Commissioner Gordon's house. The criminals manage to break inside and subdue Gordon, unaware that Batman and Robin are bound to arrive to an arranged meeting with Gordon. The dynamic duo dispose of the criminals without an effort and they find the licence to rob Gordon's house, signed by Larry the Judge.

The next day, Bruce is called to Spencer Larson's place, where he receives twice the amount of money he invested. However, this is all a setup for Larry's thugs to steal from Bruce Wayne later. At Wayne Manor, the thugs strike and Bruce pretends to be defeated to avoid suspicion. After the criminals get away with the money, Bruce changes into Batman and with Robin, they ride the Batplane in order to capture the criminals. Using a grapple cable, they pick up the getaway vehicle and drop it on the river below. Batman and Robin descend to fight the thugs and recover their money, learning that they also had a licence to steal from Bruce Wayne.

Learning of Batman's activities, Larry prepares a licence to kill Batman and in order to achieve this, he tells his thugs to leave deliberate clues to lure Batman into a trap. Batman and Robin follow the clues and they are ambushed by Larry's gang. Before they are captured, Batman manages to reach Larry's car and a few moments later, the dynamic duo are tied up and placed inside the car. However, as they're being taken away, a state trooper officer starts chasing the car and taking the opportinuty, Batman and Robin attack the criminals, stopping the car. When the vehicle stops, the officer arrests the entire gang including Larry the Judge, who Batman now realizes is Spencer Larson. It is also revealed that the state trooper followed the car because Batman left his cape attached to the license plate of the vehicle.

In the end, the entire wealth of Larry the judge is going to charity.

Appearing in Boy Commandos: "Petals of Peril"

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  • Cheeder (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Boy Commandos: "Petals of Peril"

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Appearing in Crimson Avenger: "The Adventure of the Wrong Numbers"

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Synopsis for Crimson Avenger: "The Adventure of the Wrong Numbers"

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Appearing in Bart Regan, Spy: "The Target Murder"

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Synopsis for Bart Regan, Spy: "The Target Murder"

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Appearing in Air Wave: "Larry Jordan Vs. Air Wave"

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  • Static (Parrot)

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  • John Fields (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Air Wave: "Larry Jordan Vs. Air Wave"

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Appearing in Slam Bradley: "The Mystery of the Missing Monkey"

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Synopsis for Slam Bradley: "The Mystery of the Missing Monkey"

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Notes

Trivia

  • This issue's Batman story is the first one to state that Commissioner Gordon is married.



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