- 1 Synopsis for "Outlaw Town, U.S.A.!"
- 2 Appearing in "Outlaw Town, U.S.A.!"
- 3 Synopsis for "The Living Bat-Plane!"
- 4 Appearing in "The Living Bat-Plane!"
- 5 Synopsis for "The Duplicate Batman!"
- 6 Appearing in "The Duplicate Batman!"
- 7 Synopsis for "The Gotham City Safari!"
- 8 Appearing in "The Gotham City Safari!"
- 9 Synopsis for "Prisoners of the Bat-Cave!"
- 10 Appearing in "Prisoners of the Bat-Cave!"
- 11 Synopsis for "The Doors That Hid Disaster"
- 12 Appearing in "The Doors That Hid Disaster"
- 13 See Also
- 14 Recommended Reading
- 15 Links and References
Synopsis for "Outlaw Town, U.S.A.!"
This story is reprinted from Batman #75.
A town named Silver Vein is currently run by criminals and serves as the perfect hideout from any law enforcers across the country. When some criminals from Gotham City decide to relocate to Silver Vein, they are immediately followed by Batman and Robin, who capture them and bring them back to Gotham. After their intervention, Silver Vein is reclaimed by the authorities and the rest of the criminals are captured.
Appearing in "Outlaw Town, U.S.A.!"
- Jenko Brothers (Single appearance)
- Phil Jenko
- Matt Jenko
- Carl Jenko
- Pete (Single appearance)
- Kansas (Single appearance)
- Blinkers (Single appearance)
- Boyd (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Living Bat-Plane!"
This story is reprinted from Batman #91.
Batman and Robin test new remote controls on the Batplane and Batmobile with help from Dr. Philip Winters. However, Winter's laboratory is found by some criminals, who take the controls of the Bat-vehicles and turn them against the Dynamic Duo. Batman finds a way to stop the Batmobile, but the crooks manage to take the Batplane away from the Batcave and use it in their crimes.
Batman and Robin try their best to put an end to the reign of terror caused by their own plane, but they are always outsmarted by the crooks. During one last attempt, the Dynamic Duo are apparently killed in a fall from the Batplane, but when the vehicle returns to the crooks' lair, they realize that the figures that dropped to their deaths were dummies and the heroes are hidden inside the plane. The criminals are arrested and the Dynamic Duo remove the remote controls from their vehicles.
Appearing in "The Living Bat-Plane!"
- Slant Stafford (Single appearance)
- Gotham City Police Department
- Dr. Philip Winters (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Duplicate Batman!"
This story is reprinted from Batman #83.
Batman crashes in the Batplane in a remote mountainous area and some crooks learn of the accident. A few days later, Batman is nowhere to be found and the thugs decide to capitalize on his absence by hiring an ex-con and Bruce Wayne look-alike to pose as Batman while they loot Gotham City.
Their plan goes awry when the fake Batman is knocked unconscious and loses his memory. He is soon found by Robin, who takes him back to Wayne Manor and tries to bring all the memories back. The thug believes that he is in fact Bruce Wayne and soon he starts acting as Bruce and Batman.
Meanwhile, the real Batman has learned of the impostor in Gotham and he decides to return, using all the strength left in his body. As he returns to Gotham, the fake Batman recovers his memory after another hit in the head and using his identity as Batman, he saves the real Batman from being killed by some criminals, but the feat costs his life.
Appearing in "The Duplicate Batman!"
- Fish Frye (Single appearance)
- Gimlet Hawkins (Single appearance)
- The Mad Clown (Flashback only)
- Harry Larson (Only appearance; dies)
- The Carter Gang
Synopsis for "The Gotham City Safari!"
This story is reprinted from Batman #111.
Batman and Robin have been made members of the Safari Club, a group of Gotham big-game hunters. Their host, Alec Judson, takes them on a tour of his palatial country estate, subdivided into different areas to simulate such locales as Africa, Mexico, and Malay, and each stocked with appropriate wild animals. Then they begin their annual contest, to see which of the hunters can be the first to bag one of Judson's animals, with a silver pith helmet-trophy the prize. However, the first victim turns out to be a man--Ed Yancey. When a horseshoe watch fob is recovered near the body, Jones identifies it as belonging to Yancey, the English former member of their club.
Judson relates how, on a safari in Africa, an elephant stampede had begun and all of them were able to run for safety except Markham, who had twisted his ankle. They later had Markham doctored and returned to health, but, says Judson, Markham swore revenge upon them for not helping him to safety. Batman and Robin begin their search on the grounds for the killer. The dynamic duo must contend with a charging rhino, a crocodile, and a lion net that eventually traps Batman. A figure who appears to be Markham, after stepping out of the way of a black panther to avoid bad luck, kayos Robin and carries him off. After escaping with the help of a lion, Batman tracks "Markham" to a Mayan temple in "Mexico." There he finds Robin and Markham bound and gagged. When released, Markham explains that they had seen Judson impersonating him, and that he has been trussed up ever since coming to America to ask Judson for a loan.
Judson reappears and threatens to kill them all, but Batman bluffs him, saying that he gave away his imposture when he avoided a black panther, because Englishmen consider it good luck to cross the path of a black cat. Also claiming to have loaded Judson's gun with blanks, Batman tackles the startled thief. Judson confesses that he killed Yancey because he had discovered Judson was operating an international crime-cartel, using his hunting trips to meet contacts. When Yancey blackmailed him, Judson hit upon the idea of impersonating Markham and placing the blame on him for Yancey's murder. Later, after Judson is jailed, Batman receives the Safari Club trophy for bringing in his quarry--a human killer.
Appearing in "The Gotham City Safari!"
- Alec Judson (Single appearance)
- Brad Jones (Single appearance)
- Ed Yancey (Only appearance; dies)
- Will Tyler (Single appearance)
- Markham (Single appearance)
- Alec Judon's Mansion
Synopsis for "Prisoners of the Bat-Cave!"
This story is reprinted from Batman #108.
John Roddy, convicted of killing a man named Winters and scheduled for execution, pleads his innocence to Batman, who believes him. Batman goes to the Governor and gets a slight delay, only until midnight of that night. At the district attorney's office, Batman and Robin pick up two packages, one of evidence in the Roddy case and the other a special package addressed to Batman and Robin. By an electrical mishap both are trapped in the Batcave, and the second, special package, actually a booby-trap, bursts into flame and melts their radio transmitter and telephone. Batman puts it out by lowering a hollow, glass bust of Two-Face onto it. Determining that the crime was committed by a man with a much longer thumb than Roddy, the dynamic duo proceed to deduce exactly who the killer was, and discover him to be Len Paul. Batman uses an insulated diving suit to help him survive touching a powerful electric charge to the Bat-Cave's lock mechanism, freeing them. Then they race to apprehend Len Paul and save Roddy's life with only minutes to spare.
Appearing in "Prisoners of the Bat-Cave!"
- Len Paul (Single appearance)
- John Roddy (Single appearance)
- The Governor
- Gotham's District Attorney
Synopsis for "The Doors That Hid Disaster"
This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #238.
A criminal known as Checkmate is dying from radiation poisoning after escaping the Dynamic Duo. To follow through with his life's goal of "checkmating Batman" before dying, Checkmate leaves an elaborate deathtrap to his men for use against Batman and Robin, but the heroes find a way out of trouble.
Appearing in "The Doors That Hid Disaster"
- Checkmate (Only appearance; dies) (Flashback and main story)
- The Bowler (Mentioned only)
- The Harbor Pirate (Mentioned only)
- Wheelo (Mentioned only)
- Robot Master (Mentioned only)
- Unnamed Famous Doctor