"The Mystery of the Crimson Avenger": With the Octopus Gang on a crime spree, Batman and Robin deduce that they may next target the Targo Express Company, who is celebrating their 100th anniversary by reenacting some of their past deliv
Appearing in "The Mystery of the Crimson Avenger"
- The Octopus Gang (Single appearance)
- Joe (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Mystery of the Crimson Avenger"
With the Octopus Gang on a crime spree, Batman and Robin deduce that they may next target the Targo Express Company, who is celebrating their 100th anniversary by reenacting some of their past deliveries by old fashioned stage coach. Sure enough their hunch proves correct and when the members of the Octopus Gang attempts to rob the stage coach, Batman and Robin are there to try and stop them. Their attempt however is bungled by the arrival of a novice super-hero calling himself the Crimson Avenger who's crime fighting gimmicks serve only to tie up Batman and Robin instead of helping. When the Octopus Gang escapes, Batman and Robin try to talk the Crimson Avenger into leaving the crime fighting to professionals, however the Crimson Avenger refuses to retire while the Octopus Gang is free.
When news about the Crimson Avengers bungle reaches the Daily Planet, Superman hopes that this is the last time they have to deal with the blunderer. However, when Superman attempts to capture the Octopus Gang during another robbery, the Crimson Avenger arrives and interferes. His latest device, a rocket powered rams head goes haywire, forcing the Man of Steel to stop it before it hurts anyone allowing the gang to get away. Superman's appeal to the Crimson Avenger to leave the crime fighting to the professionals is ignored, and later in the Crimson Avenger's civilian guise of Albert Elwood, he becomes more determined than ever to stop the crooks after seeing the newspaper press panning his efforts.
When the Octopus Gang attempts to rob the Ancient Arts Museum, Batman, Robin and Superman all work together to try and stop them. They are seemingly betrayed by the Crimson Avenger who uses his latest device to inflate Superman and Batman like balloons allowing the Octopus Gang to escape. When the effects wear off, Batman and Superman find evidence that makes them realize that the Crimson Avenger was captured and impersonated by a member of the Octopus Gang. Finding a trail of oil from their getaway vehicle, the heroes manage to track the gang to their headquarters and clash with their leader.
During the fight, the true Crimson Avenger (having escape his confinement) helps the three heroes capture the leader of the gang. After the Octopus Gang is turned over to the authorities, Albert reveals to them his true identity, and agrees that he should leave crime fighting up to the three experts and go back to his simpler life of making new inventions.
Appearing in "The Man Who Controlled Water"
Synopsis for "The Man Who Controlled Water"
Professor Polloy, a criminal scientist, commits acts of piracy with a molecular ray that enables him to harden water and form it into any shape he chooses. Aquaman and Aqualad have a tough battle against their new adversary before destroying Polloy's ray machine with the help of a giant manta ray.
Appearing in "A Cure For Billy Jones"
Synopsis for "A Cure For Billy Jones"
When young Billy Jones gives up all will to live, his parents and his doctor appeal to Green Arrow and Speedy (the boys heroes) to help snap him out of his funk. Taking him out with them and giving him his own bow and arrow in an attempt to revive the boys interest in life, the two heroes are unsuccessful until they are captured and Billy is prompted to rescue them. With the crooks captured, Billy is returned home where he resumes a normal life for a boy his age.
- In the story "Mystery of the Crimson Avenger", Albert Elwood said he was inspired by a "former lawman". This is likely a reference to Lee Travis the original Crimson Avenger. As per Pre-Crisis continuity Lee Travis was active on Earth-Two. However, this story was published prior to DC Comics making such a distinction between alternate worlds. One could argue that since Earth-One had comic books about Earth-Two super-heroes (such as the Jay Garrick, who's comics inspired Barry Allen to take on the identity of the Flash), it's possible that Elwood was inspired by Crimson Avenger from comic books.
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