"Death Casts the Deciding Vote": Bruce Wayne arrives to the Capitol Building at Washington, D.C. in order to talk with a governor about funding his new project at the Wayne Foundation. The "Victims, Inc. Program" was in need of support from the government
- There's no hiding place from Batman-- even on cloud-nine!
- -- Batman
Appearing in "Death Casts the Deciding Vote"
- Senator Webster (Single appearance)
- Unnamed Hijackers (Single appearance)
- Alfred Pennyworth (Cameo)
- Governor Putnam (Single appearance)
- Miss Hopkins (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Death Casts the Deciding Vote"
Bruce Wayne arrives to the Capitol Building at Washington, D.C. in order to talk with a governor about funding his new project at the Wayne Foundation. The "Victims, Inc. Program" was in need of support from the government and after listening to Bruce, the Governor introduces him to the Senator Webster, who is proposing an anti-crime bill, which would be voted on the senate floor. Webster wants Bruce to join him in such an important moment and Bruce agrees to go with him.
During their flight to their destination, the plane is hijacked and Bruce confronts the criminals without success. When he is locked in a storage room, Bruce manages to break free and change into Batman. Once again, he confronts the criminals and this time he is more successful, but in order to spare Senator Webster's life, he has to allow the thugs to capture him.
As Batman is placed alongside Bruce Wayne, the hijackers land the plane on a clandestine airfield, where their leader shows up and tells Senator Webster that he shall not arrive in time to upvote his anti-crime bill. When the thug learns about Batman's presence, he goes to the storage room, but finds only a beated Bruce Wayne and an open door to the plane's cargo space. The thug instructs his henchmen to locate Batman and he allows Bruce to join Senator Webster. While the hijackers are busy, Bruce and Webster create a plan and moments later, Webster fakes a heart attack. The crooks are concerned about having a murder charge against them and this gives Bruce the distraction needed for him to reach down the cargo space and retrieve his Batsuit, which he had attacked to a spring mechanism to scare any intruder.
Finally, the hijackers decide to get the plane going to a hospital for Webster's sake, unaware that Batman has reached the pilot's cabin and has instructed the pilot to return to Washington. Bruce then dumps the Batsuit out of the plane and upon landing back in Washington, the hijackers are all captured.
A few days later, Bruce tells the story to Alfred as they both learn that the anti-crime bill has passed and was approved.
Appearing in "The Silent Night of the Batman"
- Patty (Single appearance)
- Ted (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Silent Night of the Batman"
Despite Batman's conviction that crime doesn't take a night off, not even for Christmas, the Batman joins Commissioner Gordon and his men for a night of Christmas Eve caroling. The night goes by and miraculously, not a single crime is reported during the entire evening, although many chances of likely situations took place. All the crimes of the night had been stopped undirectly by the figure of Batman and at the break of dawn, Batman retrieves to the shadows.
Appearing in "Time to Kill"
- Jed Bruno (Only appearance; dies)
- Andrew Seldin (Only appearance; dies)
- Time machine
Synopsis for "Time to Kill"
This story is reprinted from The Phantom Stranger #5.
Throughout his life scientist Jed Bruno has been bested by his rival Andrew Seldin, who beat him to building the world's fastest monorail, the first space station and wireless transmission of energy. Now Bruno is working on a time machine, but is shocked to hear a radio report that Seldin has completed one and will demonstrate it in one month. He resolves to steal Seldin's plans and breaks into his laboratory but is unable to open the safe. Instead he takes the time machine and travels into the future to the public demonstration then as the triumphant inventor is introduced he shoots him dead from a distant rooftop. As he returns to the present his memories fade but Seldin enters the laboratory as the machine materialises and Bruno shoots him in a panic. He destroys the machine and, finding Seldin's plans in his pocket, uses them to complete his own device. At the public demonstration a month later, Bruno is introduced to the crowd--and is shot dead by his past self. As he dies he realises that Seldin has beaten him again.
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