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"Superman & Batman: "The Boss of Batman and Superman"": When Dr. John Carr puts on a demonstration of his new discovery, a "thought amplifier", before a scientific society, he is unaware that his presentation is being watched by crooked ex-scientist Victor Danning. Overhearing that one key ingre


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Appearing in Superman & Batman: "The Boss of Batman and Superman"

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Synopsis for Superman & Batman: "The Boss of Batman and Superman"

When Dr. John Carr puts on a demonstration of his new discovery, a "thought amplifier", before a scientific society, he is unaware that his presentation is being watched by crooked ex-scientist Victor Danning. Overhearing that one key ingredient is missing in the formula, Danning vows to steal it, find the missing component and make himself super-intelligent. When news of Carr's discovery hits the television news Bruce Wayne realizes the potential danger of having Carr's invention made public knowledge. Bruce changes into Batman and takes Robin with him to warn Carr of the danger. When news of Carr's invention reaches the Daily Planet in Metropolis, Clark Kent gets the same idea and decides to make a trip to Gotham City to see if he can assist Batman in any way.

Batman and Robin arrive on the scene first, just as Danning has finished tying up Carr. When Danning fires his gun, Batman pushes Robin out of the way, making the bullet miss the boy but graze the Dark Knight instead. Superman arrives just as Danning and Robin get into a struggle. Their fight activates the machine. Suddenly Superman, Robin, and Danning are enveloped in its rays. After Danning manages to escape, they all soon realize that Robin and Danning have gained Superman's super-intelligence, while the Man of Steel has been reduced to a slow-witted man with super powers. Needing both Robin and Danning to restore Superman back to normal, the three heroes rush off to capture Danning, before he can exploit his new-found intelligence.

After studying a file on Danning, Robin goes out with Superman and Batman to track him down. Danning meanwhile initiates his first criminal plot: pumping water from the ocean into Gotham City's water supply, to flood the city, and then use a specially made submarine, to rob the Gotham City Bank, though this plan is foiled before it can come to fruition.

Realizing that Robin's super-intelligence will be a problem for him, Danning begins blasting dynamite in order to use the seismic waves caused to pinpoint the location of the Batcave. Robin deduces what Danning is up to, and sends Superman out to counteract his plan. Then, using a specially made pair of binoculars made to boost Superman's x-ray vision, Superman tries to find Danning's warehouse. Danning, however, is miles ahead of the slow mind of Superman, and erects a sign that disguises his hideout - lined with lead to prevent Superman from discovering it - as a lead factory, so that it arouses no suspicion when Superman passes.

When Superman returns to Batman and Robin, who are flying above the city in the Batplane, they notice that Danning is spying on them with miniature flying recorders, however Superman smashes them before they can overhear too much. Returning to the Batcave, Robin sends Batman to talk to Commissioner Gordon while he goes to examine Carr's intelligence machine once more. As Batman speeds off, he notices that more of Danning's spy recorders are following him, and so he tells Commissioner Gordon that Carr found a way to make his machine work once more and will make Batman super smart as well.

Overhearing this, Danning and his goons rush to Carr's lab and attempt to steal the machine. They catch Robin and Superman off guard, downing the Man of Steel with a Kryptonite missile. However, before they can get any further, because "Carr" suddenly swings into action and knocks them all out. "Carr" reveals himself to be Batman in disguise, who came up with a way to trick Danning into coming to them. With the crook defeated and Superman revived, the heroes use the machine to restore Superman's, Robin's, and Danning's original intelligence. As Superman streaks off to drop Danning and his minions off at the police station, Robin admits that while he misses being super smart, he's glad to have Superman back at his peak mental abilities.

Appearing in Green Arrow: "The Raid of the Vulture-Man!"

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Synopsis for Green Arrow: "The Raid of the Vulture-Man!"

Green Arrow and Speedy must cope with the thieving ways of a flying crook known as the Vulture-Man.

Appearing in Tomahawk: "The Militia Without Muskets!"

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