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"The Secret Life of the Catwoman": This story is reprinted from Batman #62.



Appearing in "The Secret Life of the Catwoman"

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Synopsis for "The Secret Life of the Catwoman"

This story is reprinted from Batman #62.

The gang czar Mister X terrorizes Gotham City, and decides he wants to work with Catwoman. Batman and Robin are shocked to hear from Commissioner Gordon that Catwoman has been broken out of jail with dynamite. Mister X offers to plan heists and have Catwoman commit them so they can share the loot. Catwoman works with X's henchman Dipper, and they make fun of a wannabe crook named Mousey.

When Catwoman leaves her hideout, she finds Batman and Robin waiting for her. They try to give chase, but she throws a box at them with angry cat inside it. Batman runs towards falling debris, and Catwoman realizes he will be killed. Instead of escaping, she leaps to save Batman's life and gets hit in the head by a brick.

They wake her up in the Batcave, where she feverishly screams about airline rules. It's revealed that Selina Kyle was a stewardess, who fell out of a crashing plane and got amnesia. Kyle is horrified to hear that she's become a criminal in her amnesiac state. Batman asks about her obsession with cats, and she explains that her father used to own a pet store. He taught her all about cats, and she subconsciously remembered that through her amnesia.

Gordon asks Kyle to go undercover and help them take down Mister X. Mousey is brought into the station and hears their scheme, so Gordon has him put in jail. Mousey breaks out with a hidden file, swearing revenge on Catwoman.

Catwoman pulls several heists for Mister X, although crime now disgusts her. This includes distracting a record company with cats while she steals gold-plated records, and opening a bank vault with cats. Batman and Robin fight her on a Giant Cash Register, but this is a ruse so they can fake being captured. Catwoman takes them back to Mister X, who locks them alone with a time bomb. Mister X tells Catwoman he knows about her treachery, and has her dragged off a cliff via tractor. Batman and Robin escape in time to rescue her and punch out Mister X's thugs. It's revealed that Mousey was Mister X all along. He wore a bulky costume to make other crooks respect him.

In the aftermath, Selina Kyle officially retires from her career as Catwoman. However, Batman insists that the police may still need her as an operative -- sooner than she thinks.

Appearing in "The Master of Mirrors"

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  • Tyler
  • Mr. J. Wilkins

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  • Gimmick Mirrors
    • Camera Mirror
    • Image Controller

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Synopsis for "The Master of Mirrors"

This story is reprinted from The Flash #105.

At the Central City bank, Sam Scudder walks in with civilian clothes on and walks up to bank teller, Mr. J. Wilkins, to exchange larger bills for singles. As the banker is distracted, Scudder takes out a small pocket mirror to capture the individuals 'image' from all angles before leaving the bank.

Outside the city, Mirror Master develops the bank teller's image with his "camera mirror". Sam thinks about his original discovery of these gimmick mirrors when he was in jail years ago. He remembers he painted the wrong material onto a mirror and thought he had ruined it. When he looked into it and saw images the mirror was looking at earlier, he found that this mirror retained an image for several minutes before disappearing. Since leaving jail, he's improved his techniques and can now print 3-D images from the mirrors. He prints up a mirror image of Mr. J. Wilkins from the bank and sends him back to the bank to steal money for him.

Barry Allen, happening to be at the bank at the time, notices that there is something amiss about the manager as his hair is parted differently than before, and his wedding band is on his right hand, so he decides to follow him.

Barry transforms into the Flash to follow Wilkins but soon finds Wilkins moving just as fast as the Flash can. He soon finds himself at a secluded house. Flash finds many mirrors around the house and cannot tell which is the real Wilkins and which is just a mirror image. Flash grabs a paint bucket and starts painting the walls to remove the mirror illusions. Flash follows Wilkins into another room where he encounters a gigantic mosquito. By moving at the speed of light, the Flash causes a strange affect on the mosquito and disables it. Next the the Flash is chased by a Minotaur. He turns off the power in the house and the Minotaur instantly disappears. Flash finds the Mirror Master in the dark and quickly captures the crook and turns him over to the police. The Flash explains he realized these were items powered by light so if he turned of the power and lights, he figured his mirror creations would disappear.

Later, resuming his civilian identity, Barry goes on a date with Iris and fills her in on the story.

Appearing in "The Ghost of Jor-El"

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Synopsis for "The Ghost of Jor-El"

This story is reprinted from Superboy #78.

When Mxyzptlk, a 5th dimensional teenager, is penalized by his parents for playing too many pranks with his magic, he goes illegally through a space-warp to Earth’s dimension. There he sees Superboy and decides to bedevil him with pranks, including an illusion of Jor-El’s ghost telling him to leave Earth. But Mxyzptlk’s father, observing the incident, sends Superboy a message revealing that he can banish the sprite back to the 5th dimension for 90 days by getting him to say his name backwards. Superboy does so, and Mxyzptlk is warped back home, where he faces punishment from his father and vows vengeance on Superboy.

Appearing in "Wonder Woman and the Cheetah"

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  • Courtley Darling (Single appearance)
  • Detective Casey (Single appearance)
  • Inspector Duncan (Single appearance)

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  • 400 Club
  • Capital Grain Co.

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Synopsis for "Wonder Woman and the Cheetah"

This story is reprinted from Wonder Woman #6.

Wonder Woman is scheduled to appear for a benefit performance for the relief of women and children in Europe. The chairman of the Junior League Committee, Courtley Darling, addresses the auditorium, but the patrons are impatient. They want to see Wonder Woman. Stammering, Darling introduces his assistant Priscilla Rich. Priscilla is miffed that the audience fails to applaud her even in the slightest. After a surprise guest appearance by Diana Prince, Wonder Woman finally comes out on stage. She demonstrates the power of her magic lasso, by tying it around a grand piano, then slinging it over top of the audience members' heads. The next part of the show involves her demonstrating an Amazon training ritual known as the "Ordeal of a Thousand Links". Several stage hands bind Wonder Woman from head to toe with thick, sturdy shackles. They also place a heavy hood over her head, which makes it impossible for her to see or hear anything. The next stage of the act involves submerging Wonder Woman into a large, glass tank filled with water from which she must escape. While the assistants prepare the tank, Priscilla Rich, jealously irritated with Wonder Woman, surreptitiously steals the magic lasso from her hip and uses it to supplement the links of chain binding Wonder Woman's arms and legs behind her back. Priscilla knows that even if she succeeds in breaking the chains, she cannot break her own lasso. Wonder Woman is dunked inside the tank, but cannot break her bonds. She quickly deduces that someone tied her up with her own lasso. After several harrowing moments, Wonder Woman uses her acrobatic skill to loosen the magic lasso and snap the chains. Emerging from the tank, she speaks with Priscilla who feigns concern, but Wonder Woman suspects that she may have been the one who tried to kill her.

After the show, Priscilla meets Courtley Darling in the theater office. Courtley is securing the proceeds from the show inside his vault, and Priscilla asks him if that is really a wise idea. She then asks him to take her to dinner at the Jungle Club. Minutes later, Wonder Woman arrives just as Courtley finishes securing the money. She tells him that the committee is throwing a party for her at the 400 Club and asks him to come along. Courtley breaks off his dinner plans with Priscilla in favor of going out with Wonder Woman.

Enraged, Priscilla returns home. An evil, malicious side of Priscilla's personality, one long repressed, comes to the surface and takes control of her. As Priscilla stares into her vanity mirror, the image of a Cheetah woman stares back at her. The reflection commands Priscilla to take up her cheetah skin rug and fashion a costume from it. Donning the outfit, the Cheetah takes full command of Priscilla's body.

Late into the evening, the Cheetah breaks into the theater office and steals the charity funds from Darling's safe. She then tracks Wonder Woman back to her residence at Diana Prince's apartment. She sneaks through the bedroom window while Wonder Woman sleeps and prepares to drive a dagger into the heroine's chest. She stops short however, citing that "death is too good for her". Instead, she plants the stolen money beneath Wonder Woman's bed.

The following morning, Priscilla makes some telephone calls and before long, Wonder Woman is accused of stealing the relief money. Courtley Darling, Priscilla Rich and Diana Prince all appear in Inspector Duncan's office to discuss the matter. Darling is accused of conspiring with Wonder Woman to steal the money. Diana steps out, changes into Wonder Woman, then re-enters the office to state that Courtley is innocent. With such damning evidence, the police have little choice but to arrest Wonder Woman.

Soon after, an anonymous person posts Wonder Woman's bail and leaves instructions for her to go to a lawyer's office in the warehouse district. Diana suspects that it is a trap, races to the location regardless. Bursting through the wall of a grain house, Wonder Woman finds the Cheetah holding Courtley Darling at gunpoint. The villainess forces each of them down a deep silo filled with grain. Laughing sinisterly, the Cheetah takes off, leaving them to drown in the grain. The grain pulls at them like quicksand, but Wonder Woman manages to swim through it and rescue Courtley. She leaps at a suspended hook, and together they swing upwards and out of the silo. Racing outside, Wonder Woman finds Steve Trevor and Etta Candy waiting for her. Courtley tells them that Wonder Woman is innocent, and that it was the Cheetah who stole the money and framed Wonder Woman. Suddenly, all four look upward to find the Cheetah setting the roof of the warehouse on fire. The Cheetah turns back, and sees that Wonder Woman escaped from her trap. The roof beneath her collapses, and the Cheetah falls down into the flames, seemingly killed. Wonder Woman suspects that the Cheetah may have actually been Priscilla Rich.

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