"Remarkable Ruse of the Riddler!": The Riddler has finally been released from prison following his last defeat at the hands of Batman and Robin. While in prison, he has thought of a new way to commit crime
- Crook -- me?! Why, I -- I demand an apology!
Synopsis for "Remarkable Ruse of the Riddler!"
The Riddler has finally been released from prison following his last defeat at the hands of Batman and Robin. While in prison, he has thought of a new way to commit crimes. However, when he reads the newspaper, he learns that Batman has been busy trying to catch the Mole-Hill Gang. Wanting Batman's undivided attention, the Riddler approaches Batman and Robin telling them that he's reformed in prison and that he wishes to help them catch the Mole-Hill Gang.
With the Riddlers aid, Batman and Robin eventually do catch the Mole-Hill Gang, however two days later, they receive a riddle from the Riddler while at the Police Athletic League picnic in Gotham Park. However, this time, and all subsequent riddles given to the dynamic duo after the fact lead them to the Riddler conducting legal business. This is all orchestrated by the Riddler in the hopes of discrediting Batman and Robin. With their most recent failure, Batman and Robin are left to put together the clues from Riddler's business that appears as crime and deduce what The Riddler's real crime.
However, when the Riddler robs the safe of the Ox Club, he is stopped by Batman and Robin. Before they can take him away, the Riddler activates a device that makes his body invulnerable while keeping him on his feet like a roly poly toy. After some deduction, though, Batman finds the exact place to shut off the device, quickly punches out the Riddler, and sends him back to prison.
Appearing in "Remarkable Ruse of the Riddler!"
- The Riddler
- Molehill Mob (Single appearance)
- Roger Peale (Single appearance)
- "Smiles" Dawson (Single appearance)
- Gotham City
- Gotham Times (Mentioned only)
- Reprinted in Batman: The Dynamic Duo Archives Vol 2 and Batman '66: The TV Stories.
- This story repeatedly references the Riddler's earlier two stories in Detective Comics.
- This is Riddler's first appearance after an almost 17-year hiatus, and he begins his Earth-One appearances without known similar events happening in Earth-Two (see Edward_Nigma_(Earth-One)#Trivia).
- This comic has been directly referenced as an influence in the development of the Batman TV Show by executive producer William Dozier. As such, elements of this comic were adapted in the show's pilot episode Hi Diddle Riddle. Namely the gun lighter fake out moment.
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