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"The Menace of False Face": The story opens with eccentric millionaire P.S. Smithington making various purchases at a local jewelry shop on credit. The owner explains that Smithington always pays for his purchases at the end of the month. The owner then receives a shock two hours later when the

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Batman #113 is an issue of the series Batman (Volume 1) with a cover date of February, 1958.

Synopsis for "The Menace of False Face"

The story opens with eccentric millionaire P.S. Smithington making various purchases at a local jewelry shop on credit. The owner explains that Smithington always pays for his purchases at the end of the month. The owner then receives a shock two hours later when the real PS Smithington shows up claiming that his car broke down and he was not the person who made the purchases earlier. Batman is then summoned by Commissioner Gordon and informs him that False Face has been impersonating important men around town. The commissioner then receives a radio bulletin that crooner Wally Weskit is trapped in a hotel elevator. Batman and Robin rush out to the Hampton club where Wally was scheduled to play. Batman has noticed that False face always detains his victims while he commits a robbery. They arrive just in time to witness Weskit on stage as he robs a barrel of charity funds. Batman gives pursuit but Weskit manages to escape without the funds. They mistakenly detain a doorman that turns out to be innocent. The next day Batman and Robin visit commissioner Gordon at headquarters when he receives a call from famed explorer Arthur Crandall who is locked in his game room. Crandall remarks that he is due to receive a Golden Tiger at the explorers club. Batman and Robin rush to the explorers club in time to see false face receiving the golden tiger while disguised as Crandall. Batman gives chase but falls into a depth tank as a result of a trap from False Face. Batman falls to the bottom where he appears to be unconscious. False face climbs down to retrieve Batman’s body and brings him up. He tells his henchmen that he plans unmask Batman and hold him hostage. Upon taking off his mask, the thugs are surprised to see false faces own face. The thugs realize all to late that their real boss had been disguised in the Batman outfit while the real Batman brought the body up from the tank. Batman and Robin quickly subdue the thieves and unmask the real False Face.

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  • False Face (Single appearance)
  • Parker (Single appearance)
  • Pebbles (Single appearance)

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  • Arthur Crandall (Single appearance)
  • P.S. Smithington (Single appearance)
  • Wally Weskit (Single appearance) (Behind the scenes)
  • Wembley Hepplewhite (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "Batman Meets Fatman"

Batman and Robin meet Fatman, a circus clown who dresses in a mock Batman costume. Impressed by Fatman's antics, they offer him a ride in the Batmobile. As they drive around Gotham, news of a crime in progress reaches the Dynamic Duo and they get ready to capture the criminals. Unfortunately they are outmatched and they need Fatman's aid to stop the group of criminals known as the Red Mask Gang. Fatman starts clowning around the thugs, pretending to be clumsy until he finds the perfect time to free the heroes. Afterwards, Fatman is considered a hero among the circus crowds and his dream has finally come true.

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Synopsis for "Batman – The Superman of Planet X"

Batman of Zur-En-Arrh

The Batman of the planet Zur-En-Arrh teleports the real Batman to Zur-En-Arrh, where Batman/Bruce Wayne has powers equivalent to Superman's. Batman assists the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh in fighting off a horde of robot invaders. Using his newfound super powers, Batman manages to defeat the enemies without trouble. When the invaders start using special technology to fight Batman, the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh uses his own special device, the Bat-Radia and counters the effects of the invaders' weapons, making it easier for Batman to crush the enemy. After the robots are destroyed, the Batman of Zur-En-Arrh gives Batman his Bat-Radia device as a keepsake, and returns him to Earth.

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  • When Grant Morrison took over the Batman series in September 2006, they immediately began referencing classic moments from the character's career, including utilizing a version of Bat-Mite and reusing a costume and dialogue from issue #156. Among the references was "Zur En Arrh," which appeared as a phrase of great importance on the "Batman R.I.P." story arc.


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