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Quote1 There's not enough water in that stream to wash the guilt from anyone who presumes to take the life of another--! Quote2

Appearing in "Night of the Reaper!"

Featured Characters:


  • Nazis
    • Hans (Single appearance)

Other Characters:


Synopsis for "Night of the Reaper!"

Reaper attacks Robin

Reaper attacks Robin

On Halloween, the annual Vermont parade is taking place and Dick Grayson has decided to attend with some of his college friends. While in the parade, Dick and his friends notice some crooks attacking a man dressed as Robin and they try to help the young man without success. When the crooks have dispersed, Dick decides to follow them as Robin and he follows their trail to a barren space where he finds a the corpse of a man ig a Batman costume. At that moment, Robin is attacked by the dark figure of the Reaper and he is forced to flee until he falls down to a nearby river and remains unconscious.

Batman, who has been tracking an ex-Nazi war criminal to the annual Halloween parade, finds Robin and takes him to the house of Tom Fagan, the organizer of the Vermont parade. In Fagan's place, Robin is checked by Batman's friend, Doctor Benjamin Gruener, a German survivor of the Nazi holocaust.

Meanwhile, Dick's friends are looking for him when they come across the Reaper again and when Batman lears of this second attack, he starts investigating the case more closely. However, his clues lead him to find the Nazis and stop them for good, despite the fact that he couldn't prevent one last man from being killed by them.

Afterwards, Robin believes that the case is solved, but Batman reminds him that the Reaper is still on the loose and Batman starts looking for the killer by himself. When they finally meet, Batman has deduced the Reaper's identity as Dr. Gruener, who sought revenge against the Nazis he hated. Unfortunately, Gruener has lost himself in his Reaper's personality and he attacks Batman before fleeing the scene. The Reaper tries to make his escape through a nearby dam, but he is stopped by the presence of Dick Grayson's friends. When Reaper gets ready to strike and kill the youngsters, he sees his Star of David amulet and he becomes horrified with his actions. Unaware that he was walking on the edge of the dam, Gruener stumbles with his robe and falls downwards to his ultimate death and Batman is unable to save the man.

Appearing in "The Screaming House"

Featured Characters:


  • Count Grutt (Elias Turg) (Only appearance; dies)
  • Carl (Single appearance)
  • Al (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Joey, Federal agent (Only appearance; dies)




Synopsis for "The Screaming House"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #37.

While driving around near Gotham City, Batman hears screams coming from an old abandoned house and decides to go take a look. Inside the house, a man named Joey is being tortured by thugs. Batman knocks out some thugs but then Joey betrays him and knocks out Batman, and then kills the rest of the thugs.

When Batman awakes, he follows Joey to man called Turg, and confronts him along with his gang. Batman discovers that Turg and his gang are planning to destroy an incoming vessel, as they are spies for another country and Joey was a U.S. espionage agent. After a good deal of waterfront chasing and fighting, Batman prevents the thugs from destroying the ship and defeats the gang. Batman then finds clues that lead him to the leader of the gang, Count Grutt, who is actually Elias Turg. Batman battles Turg once more, with swords, and the criminal ends up fatally impaled on his own blade.


  • "Night of the Reaper" was reprinted in the Batman in the Seventies.
  • Story based on ideas by Bernie Wrightson and Harlan Ellison, per Denny O'Neil's recounting in the letters section.


Rutland Parade

Rutland Parade
  • People at the Rutland Halloween Parade are dressed as Batman, Batgirl, Man-Bat, , Hawkman, Captain Marvel (Billy Batson), Superman, Aquaman, Solomon Grundy, Robin, Cain & Abel from DC Comics and Spider-Man, Thor, Invisible Woman, Dr. Doom, Captain America, Havok & Quicksilver from Marvel Comics; another resembles James Gordon and two figures in shadow could be the Phantom Stranger and Green Lantern (Alan Scott)

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