"The Origin of the Batman!": This story is reprinted from Batman #47.
Batman #198 is an issue of the series Batman (Volume 1) with a cover date of February, 1968. It was published on December 14, 1967.
- 1 Synopsis for "The Origin of the Batman!"
- 2 Appearing in "The Origin of the Batman!"
- 3 Synopsis for "The Jungle Cat-Queen!"
- 4 Appearing in "The Jungle Cat-Queen!"
- 5 Synopsis for "The Web of the Spinner"
- 6 Appearing in "The Web of the Spinner"
- 7 Synopsis for "Complete Sunday Newspaper Syndicated Story"
- 8 Appearing in "Complete Sunday Newspaper Syndicated Story"
- 9 Synopsis for "The Crimes of Batman!"
- 10 Appearing in "The Crimes of Batman!"
- 11 Synopsis for "The Menace of False Face"
- 12 Appearing in "The Menace of False Face"
- 13 Synopsis for "The Bandit of the Bells!"
- 14 Appearing in "The Bandit of the Bells!"
- 15 Notes
- 16 See Also
- 17 Links and References
Synopsis for "The Origin of the Batman!"
This story is reprinted from Batman #47.
On their way back to Wayne Manor, Batman and Robin find a truck that crashed over the side of a ridge. They find the driver killed on impact, but as they move around the back of the truck a secret door opens, and a man steps out. Surprised at Batman's and Robin's presence, he knocks out Robin with his pistol and takes aim at Batman, but is shot by officers just in time. The officers tell Batman that he was a criminal trying to secretly cross state lines.
Upon investigating the trucking company, Batman finds that it was recently purchased by Joe Chill, the man responsible for the death of his parents. Batman remembers Chill shooting his father, his mother dying of shock, and the promise he made at their grave to fight crime. He decides to take the case, alone.
His first attempt to get at Chill is to pose as a driver looking for work, but Chill refuses to hire him. Batman decides to set a trap for Chill. He boards a gambling showboat and points it into state waters so police can make legal arrests. The boat owner makes a quick getaway as soon as police show up, and goes to Chill in order to get smuggled out of the state.
As a precaution, Chill checks a secret camera in his office and sees Batman has followed the boat owner. He shoots the boat owner for letting Batman follow, and when Batman enters the room, lies about shooting in self-defense. Without any evidence to the contrary, Batman reveals his identity to Chill and promises him that he will always be watching, waiting for Chill to make a mistake.
Terrified, Chill runs into a room with some of his men and explains that Batman is after him for killing his father. Chill's men are angry that Chill "created" the Batman, and shoot him before he can tell them Batman's identity. Batman hurries into the room and dispatches the men, and watches as Chill succumbs to the bullet wounds. The case of Thomas Wayne's murder is closed.
Appearing in "The Origin of the Batman!"
- Gotham City Police Department
- Thomas Wayne (Dies in flashback)
- Martha Wayne (Dies in flashback)
- Joe Chill (Dies) (Flashback and main story)
- "Feets" Borgam (Only appearance; dies)
- Monty Julep (Only appearance; dies)
- Gotham City
Synopsis for "The Jungle Cat-Queen!"
This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #211.
Catwoman steals a shipment of diamonds from a flying plane and after it lands, she escapes on her own Catplane. The police warn Batman and Robin about the latest Catwoman crime and they follow her on the Batplane towards a tropical island. Catwoman manages to damage and down the Batplane, forcing Batman to land on the island, where the Dynamic Duo are ambushed by Catwoman's henchmen.
Catwoman and his gang take away Batman and Robin's weapons and give them head start to be hunted by Catwoman and her pet jungle cats. The heroes try to take down the gang, but without their equipment, and they are easily overwhelmed by the criminals and Catwoman's wild felines. The thugs decide to eliminate Batman over a high jungle waterfall. To ensure all evidence of his murder is destroyed, they give him his bat-suit and utility belt back, which allows Batman and Robin to avoid a certain death and round up the criminals. However, Catwoman is able to escape thanks to her wild cats and Batman and Robin vow to capture her the next time.
Appearing in "The Jungle Cat-Queen!"
- John Jarrow (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Web of the Spinner"
This story is reprinted from Batman #129.
Batman and Robin encounter a new costumed villain, the Spinner, whose metal uniform is overlaid with spinning discs, and who utilizes a spinning buzz-saw gun, tops, and giant fans in his arsenal of tricks. The heroes are dazzled by the reflected light of the sun from the Spinner's colored-glass fan and thus are unable to stop the gang's escape, but a slang word used by the Spinner common among Joliet Prison inmates gives Batman a clue to his identity.
In the meantime, Kathy Kane is checking out a Swami Ymar who runs a racket finding lost valuables for wealthy people. He proves unable to see that Kathy's brooch is in her jewel box, but can see that another woman's diamond ring is on the powder box in her bureau. Kathy judges him master of a racket in which a henchman steals things and hides them, then, for a fee, the Swami pretends to find them. The Spinner has another encounter with Batman during a payroll robbery, but fends off the heroes with a giant spinning top. He drops a glove during the struggle, which Batman's analysis reveals to ahve peanut oil and salt on it. From this, and the Joliet Prison clue, Batman deduces that Peanuts Gilson, an ex-con, must be the Spinner, though he doesn't seem bright enough for the role. At the Swami's studio, a reporter nudges the Swami into revealing the Spinner's hideout, at a windmill outside of Gotham. Batwoman, outside the Swami's window, gets the news even before the reporter phones police headquarters, and thus precedes Batman and Robin by a few seconds--and gets caught by the Spinner and tied to a giant fan. Batman disables the fan controls with a pitchfork, and he and Robin easily defeat the gang. The Spinner, unmasked, proves to be Gilson. But when a freed Batwoman accuses him of other crimes, Gilson exclaims that he is not really the Spinner, who gave him this costume and asked him to stand in for him while he is out. Batman correctly suspects a trap and gets everyone out of the windmill before a booby trap blows the structure to bits.
Batman, Robin and Batwoman return to the Swami's studio and capture the real Spinner--Swami Ymar. Ymar admits to using the slang and dropping the gimmicked glove as false clues, and was planning to have Gilson, in the Spinner costume, die in the blast, so that Ymar would be clear to retire safely with his loot from the robberies and the reward for The Spinner's capture. Batman leads him away, telling him the only one caught in the Spinner's web was the Spinner himself.
Appearing in "The Web of the Spinner"
- Spinner (Single appearance)
- Peanuts Gilson (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Complete Sunday Newspaper Syndicated Story"
The Penguin attacks a Post Office in order to retrieve a letter and he is confronted by Batman and Robin, who take the letter from Penguin. Batman then learns that the letter is addressed to Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot and after reading the contents, Batman and Robin learn that is Penguin's real name. The letter was from Penguin's aunt, who was bound to arrive on a visit to Gotham City. Penguin didn't want to hurt the old lady's feelings by revealing his criminal activities and Batman decides to help him.
Penguin, Batman and Robin take Aunt Miranda on a sightseeing tour of Gotham. Some crooks notice Penguin along with the Dynamic Duo and they assume that the crimelord has turned against them. As Penguin shows his "umbrella store" to his aunt, a large group of criminals arrives to teach Penguin a lesson, but they are all outmatched by the combined forces of Penguin, Batman and Robin, Aunt Miranda. When the criminals are captured, Aunt Miranda has to leave, still thinking that Oswald is an honest man and Batman and Robin make sure that Penguin is taken along with the rest of the thugs.
Appearing in "Complete Sunday Newspaper Syndicated Story"
- Aunt Miranda (Single appearance)
- Stonehead (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Crimes of Batman!"
This story is reprinted from World's Finest #61.
While patrolling Gotham City, Batman and Robin come across the Jokermobile and they place a microphone inside in order to learn what the Joker is planning. Moments later on the Batcave, Batman and Robin listen the Joker talking about a recent crime and Joker gives away the name of the criminal responsible. The Dynamic Duo set out to capture the crook and when the story hits the news, Batman tells the press that he was helped by the Joker.
Upset with his name being used against criminals, Joker decides to get revenge on Batman by turning him into a criminal. For this purpose, Joker kidnaps Robin and tells Batman that he needs to cheat, steal and kill in less than 24 hours each, or Robin dies. Using his cunning intellect, Batman finds a way to outsmart the Joker by doing all of the Joker's tasks in a harmless way. Batman then manages to "cheat" death, he "steals" the Joker's thunder when he stops his crimes and finally, Batman uses the word "kill" to illustrate his amazing features on his crusade against the Joker. Batman frees Robin, without risking the youngster's life. Batman and Robin capture The Joker and take him to jail.
Appearing in "The Crimes of Batman!"
- Dink Devers
Synopsis for "The Menace of False Face"
This story is reprinted from Batman #113.
False Face is a master of disguise, and uses his skills to impersonate several wealthy citizens of Gotham City in order to steal priceless items in their places. Batman and Robin investigate the case and bait False Face into a trap, whereupon they quickly expose him.
Appearing in "The Menace of False Face"
- False Face (Single appearance)
- Parker (Single appearance)
- Pebbles (Single appearance)
- Arthur Crandall (Single appearance)
- P.S. Smithington (Single appearance)
- Wally Weskit (Single appearance) (Behind the scenes)
- Wembley Hepplewhite (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Bandit of the Bells!"
This story is reprinted from Batman #55.
Batman and Robin have to stop the crimes of Gong, a criminal who has taken it upon himself to control every sort of bell in existence. When Gong steals a very valuable bell, Batman is able to find the criminal using special equipment and after a lengthy chase, Gong is arrested and sent to prison.
Appearing in "The Bandit of the Bells!"
- Gong (Single appearance)
- Henry Morton (Single appearance)
- The fourth story are reprints from the Batman Sunday newspaper comic strip by the McClure Syndicate. (1946.02.10 - 1946.03.10) It is in this story that Penguin's name is first revealed as Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot.