"Natural Born Loser": A small-time criminal named Marty and his girlfriend Erica spend twelve years piecing together a treasure map, which supposedly leads to an enormous pearl. The final piece, however, is stolen by Mastermind, Mister Nice, and the Perfesser, who are quickly caught and re-incar
Appearing in "Natural Born Loser"
- Marty ("Lance Bunko")
- Mastermind (Flashback and main story)
- Mister Nice (Flashback and main story)
- Perfesser (Flashback and main story)
- Great Pearl
Synopsis for "Natural Born Loser"
A small-time criminal named Marty and his girlfriend Erica spend twelve years piecing together a treasure map, which supposedly leads to an enormous pearl. The final piece, however, is stolen by Mastermind, Mister Nice, and the Perfesser, who are quickly caught and re-incarcerated. Determined to complete the map, Marty infiltrates the state penitentiary as a reporter and tries to interrogate the trio without arousing their suspicions.
To Marty's consternation, Mastermind and Mister Nice refuse to answer any questions about their latest heist, instead telling him stories about their childhoods. The Perfesser presents Marty with even worse news: the trio had known about the pearl all along, and deliberately let themselves be arrested so Marty would come to them. The stories had been a distraction, so Mister Nice could steal the rest of the map behind Marty's back.
Shortly after, the four men are confronted by Erica, who takes the map at gunpoint. Enraged by his constant failures, Marty throws caution to the wind and attacks Erica, eventually overpowering her and stealing her escape helicopter. With the map finally complete, an ecstatic Marty flies off to find the pearl.
Mastermind stews over his latest failure, only for the Perfesser to reveal that he'd known the pearl's location all along. With Mister Nice in tow, they escape the penitentiary and travel there, only to discover - along with Marty - that the map actually leads to a giant oyster, whose pearl will take another twelve years to finish.
- Not counting the cover, Batman only appears in the final panel of the story.
- The two elderly women who overpower Marty at the beginning of the story are Penelope and Beatrice Biddee, a pair of amateur detectives that Puckett had previously used in Detective Comics #634.
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