"Batman: "Night of the Reaper!"": This story is reprinted from Batman #237.
Appearing in Batman: "Night of the Reaper!"
- Hans (Single appearance)
- The Reaper (First appearance)(Apparent Death)
- Tom Fagan (First appearance)
- Col. Kurt Schloss (Dies)
- Alan (a Friend of Dick Grayson)
Synopsis for Batman: "Night of the Reaper!"
This story is reprinted from Batman #237.
On Halloween, the annual Vermont parade is taking place and Dick Grayson has decided to attend with some of his college friends. While in the parade, Dick and his friends notice some crooks attacking a man dressed as Robin and they try to help the young man without success. When the crooks have dispersed, Dick decides to follow them as Robin and he follows their trail to a barren space where he finds a the corpse of a man ig a Batman costume. At that moment, Robin is attacked by the dark figure of the Reaper and he is forced to flee until he falls down to a nearby river and remains unconscious.
Batman, who has been tracking an ex-Nazi war criminal to the annual Halloween parade, finds Robin and takes him to the house of Tom Fagan, the organizer of the Vermont parade. In Fagan's place, Robin is checked by Batman's friend, Doctor Benjamin Gruener, a German survivor of the Nazi holocaust.
Meanwhile, Dick's friends are looking for him when they come across the Reaper again and when Batman lears of this second attack, he starts investigating the case more closely. However, his clues lead him to find the Nazis and stop them for good, despite the fact that he couldn't prevent one last man from being killed by them.
Afterwards, Robin believes that the case is solved, but Batman reminds him that the Reaper is still on the loose and Batman starts looking for the killer by himself. When they finally meet, Batman has deduced the Reaper's identity as Dr. Gruener, who sought revenge against the Nazis he hated. Unfortunately, Gruener has lost himself in his Reaper's personality and he attacks Batman before fleeing the scene. The Reaper tries to make his escape through a nearby dam, but he is stopped by the presence of Dick Grayson's friends. When Reaper gets ready to strike and kill the youngsters, he sees his Star of David amulet and he becomes horrified with his actions. Unaware that he was walking on the edge of the dam, Gruener stumbles with his robe and falls downwards to his ultimate death and Batman is unable to save the man.
Appearing in "The Demon Within!"
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Synopsis for "The Demon Within!"
This story is reprinted from House of Mystery #201.
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Appearing in Flash: "The Doorway to the Unknown!"
Synopsis for Flash: "The Doorway to the Unknown!"
This story is reprinted from The Flash #148.
The Flash gets a visit from a repentant crook named Fred Dallman, who puts him on the trail to save the life of a man he framed for his crime, and who, in turn, gets him to save his brother from a life of crime. But when the speedster mentions Dallman's name to the police, he learns that Dallman died last night at midnight--precisely the time he appeared to the Flash.
Appearing in "Dirty Job"
Synopsis for "Dirty Job"
This story is reprinted from Our Army at War #241.
Appearing in "Firehair"
Synopsis for "Firehair"
This story is reprinted from Tomahawk #136.
Appearing in Superman: "The Last Days of Superman!"
- Superman Emergency Squad
- Jimmy Olsen
- Lois Lane
- Perry White
- Lana Lang
- Lori Lemaris
- Legion of Super-Heroes
- Jor-El (Flashback only)
- Lyla Lerrol (Flashback only)
- Pa Kent (Flashback only)
- Ma Kent (Flashback only)
- Superboy (Flashback only)
Synopsis for Superman: "The Last Days of Superman!"
This story is reprinted from Superman #156.
When an unmanned space satellite is threatened to impact with a mysterious object in space, Jimmy Olsen calls Superman to help out. The Man of Steel pushes the satellite out of the way, and realizes that the object is made of Kryptonite, he uses the satellites discarded booster rockets to knock the object to a deserted part of Metropolis to deal with it later. With Jimmy Olsen, Superman reads the glowing object and learns that it was from Krypton, and contained a sample of Virus X, a deadly virus that could kill a Kryptonian. At a safe distance, Superman smashes the glowing object with a rock while Jimmy Olsen snaps a picture.
When Superman suddenly feels weak, he realizes that he may have been infected with Virus X. Jimmy takes Superman to the hospital to be diagnosed. A doctor tells Jimmy, Lois, Perry and Lana Lang that Superman does appear to be weakening and is at risk of death. Superman slips out to his Fortress of Solitude and ponders at all the things he still needs to accomplish and also worries that he might also infect Supergirl with Virus X. Returning to Metropolis to visit the Daily Planet, Superman announces that in the next 30 days he's going to attempt to accomplish the most important tasks that he wanted to carry out for the Earth before he dies of Virus X. Although weakened, Superman attempts to use a giant shovel to dig canals around the Earth as a complex irrigation system but is too weak to do the job.
Still wishing to carry on his final tasks, Superman calls in the Superman Emergency Squad to build a quarantine room for him so that he can command his friends on how to carry out his final wishes. While Jimmy Olsen's friend stays by the Man of Steel's side. Superman summons Supergirl, Krypto and the Legion of Super-Heroes to carry on his final tasks. With their aid he manages to build the irrigation system that he had originally intended. Becoming too weak to do anymore, Superman returns to his quarantine room.
Supergirl leads the Legion of Super-Heroes on a number of tasks outline by Superman: They destroy a comet that would threaten the Earth in a few years, collect enough metal to destroy a space fungus that threatens to destroy all life it comes into contact with, and create an artificial sun in Antarctica so that it can be terraformed to support allow human life to live on it. As this is going on, Brainiac 5 works tirelessly trying to find a cure for Virus X, but fails to do so.
With Superman's time running out, the Legion and Supergirl save Atlantis from the threat of radioactively mutated sea creatures. Superman reflects on his life and goes about saying goodbye to his friends Batman and Robin before writing a farewell message in space that also reveals his secret identity. Satisfied with his accomplishments, Superman waits for his impending death, however Supergirl is not ready to give up. Travelling through time, she ends up Krypton where she learns that a cure was made, however it would prove to be lethal to all other life in the universe. With no other choice, Supergirl returns to the present to await her cousins death.
As Superman's condition is worsened, Saturn Girl is telepathically contacted by Mon-El in the Phantom Zone. Mon-El explains that Superman is not suffering from symptoms of Virus X, but from Kryptonite poisoning and reveals that a fragment of Kryptonite was embedded in Jimmy Olsen's camera when he snapped a picture of Superman destroying the Kryptonite laced contained containing the virus. With the chunk of Kryptonite found and removed, Superman miraculously returns to full health, and before anyone can see the message revealing his identity, he, Supergirl and Krypto combine their x-ray vision to erase the message. With Superman alive and well, the Legion of Super-Heroes are thanked for all their help and they return to their own time.
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