"One Night in Gotham City": Superman and Batman meet each other for the first time. Batman is on the trail of the criminal known as Magpie. He is interrupted in a lead by Superman who regards him as an outlaw. Rather than risk capture, Batma
- Defending a planet and cleaning up a city are two very different things.
- -- Batman
Appearing in "One Night in Gotham City"
- Magpie (First appearance)
Synopsis for "One Night in Gotham City"
Superman and Batman meet each other for the first time. Batman is on the trail of the criminal known as Magpie. He is interrupted in a lead by Superman who regards him as an outlaw. Rather than risk capture, Batman informs Superman that should the latter make any attempts to come near him, a signal will be activated that will trigger a bomb and kill a person somewhere in the city. The two are forced to work together and eventually capture Magpie. In the end, Batman reveals to Superman that the endangered person is Batman himself. Superman departs cautioning Batman against crossing any further lines. Batman admits to himself of a respect for Superman's innate goodness and wonders if, in a different reality, they could have been friends.
- This issue was reprinted in Superman: The Man of Steel Vol. 1.
- This issue re-imagines the first meeting between Batman and Superman. DC Comics has since retroactively re-imagined their first encounter with one another in Superman/Batman Secret Files and Origins 2003.
- This story appears to take place early in Batman's career, as the Dark Knight is mentioned as working outside the law. Batman also has no Batmobile at this point; instead, he drives a two-door dark blue sedan which has a portable crime lab installed in the trunk.
- Magpie kills one of her henchmen using a re-enactment of the "Happy Birthday" gag from the Looney Tunes cartoon "It's Hummer Time!" in which she puts a dynamite right in the henchman's mouth.
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