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| Year = 1977
 
| Year = 1977
   
| Executive Editor =
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| Executive Editor = Joe Orlando
 
| CoverArtist1 = Mike Grell
 
| CoverArtist1 = Mike Grell
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| CoverArtist2 = Tatjana Wood
   
| Editor1_1 =
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| Editor1_1 = Julius Schwartz
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| Editor1_2 = E. Nelson Bridwell
 
| Writer1_1 = David Vern
 
| Writer1_1 = David Vern
 
| Penciler1_1 = Mike Grell
 
| Penciler1_1 = Mike Grell
 
| Inker1_1 = Vince Colletta
 
| Inker1_1 = Vince Colletta
 
| Colourist1_1 = Jerry Serpe
 
| Colourist1_1 = Jerry Serpe
| Letterer1_1 =
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| Letterer1_1 = John Workman
   
| Quotation =
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| Quotation = To the blazes with them! The '''[[Bruce Wayne (Earth-One)|Batman]]''' is all I care about!
| Speaker =
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| Speaker = [[James Gordon (Earth-One)|Commissioner Gordon]]
   
 
| StoryTitle1 = Sign of the Skull
 
| StoryTitle1 = Sign of the Skull
| Synopsis1 = Cosmo "Skull" Dugger suffers from anhedonia, a psychologial condition that robs him of the ability to experience joy. He builds an electronic device that allows him to steal the joy--and life--of a person he points it at during their moment of greatest pleasure. The process leaves a skull imprinted on the forehead of the victim. After three victims are killed, Dr. Faye Sommers calls in Batman to examine the last one, and he winds up battling some of Dugger's thugs at the hospital, who are trying to steal the victim's body. Batman picks out "Skull" Dugger's face on videotapes of the events where each of the victims (a baseball player, an actor, and a lottery winner) were killed.
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[[Cosmo Dugger (Earth-One)|Cosmo "Skull" Dugger]] suffers from anhedonia, a psychologial condition that robs him of the ability to experience joy. Using his scientific knowledge, he builds an electronic device that allows him to steal the joy--and life--of a person he points it at during their moment of greatest pleasure, but the process leaves a skull imprinted on the forehead of the victim. After three victims are killed, Dr. Faye Sommers calls in [[Bruce Wayne (Earth-One)|Batman]] to examine the last one, and he winds up battling some of Dugger's thugs at the hospital, who are trying to steal the victim's body. Batman picks out "Skull" Dugger's face on videotapes of the events where each of the victims were killed.
   
After discovering Dugger's name and residence, he drops in while Dugger is out and learns--quite painfully--Dugger's recent history from a mental recording device attached to a joy-making device. He then tries and fails to stop Dugger from committing a murder. Dugger returns to his lab, notices the recorder and joy-maker, and realizes that since Batman has used it in playback, all his instinctive responses to joy have become responses to pain, and vice versa. Soon, Batman appears at police headquarters, babbles incoherently, and then sits immobile in a chair, fearful to speak, act, or move at all.
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After discovering Dugger's name and residence, he drops in while Dugger is out and learns--quite painfully--Dugger's recent history from a mental recording device attached to a joy-making device. He then tries and fails to stop Dugger from committing a murder. Dugger returns to his lab, notices the recorder and joy-maker, and realizes that since Batman has used it in playback, all his instinctive responses to joy have become responses to pain, and vice versa.
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Soon, Batman is taken to the [[GCPD Headquarters]], where he sits immobile in a chair, fearful to speak, act, or move at all.
   
 
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* {{apn|[[Bruce Wayne (Earth-One)|Batman]]|Action Comics #473}}
 
* {{apn|[[Bruce Wayne (Earth-One)|Batman]]|Action Comics #473}}
 
'''Supporting Characters:'''
 
'''Supporting Characters:'''
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* {{a|[[Alfred Pennyworth (Earth-One)|Alfred Pennyworth]]}}
'''Villains:'''
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* {{a|[[James Gordon (Earth-One)|Commissioner Gordon]]}}
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* Dr. Faye Somers
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'''Antagonists:'''
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* {{a|[[Cosmo Dugger (Earth-One)|Skull Dugger]]}} {{1st}}
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** Joe Wiley {{Only Dies}}
 
'''Other Characters:'''
 
'''Other Characters:'''
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* Magers {{Only}}
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* {{a|[[Gotham Goliaths (Baseball)|Gotham Goliaths]]}}
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** Lance Layton {{Only Dies}}
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* Michael Forrester {{Only Dies}}
 
'''Locations:'''
 
'''Locations:'''
 
* {{a|[[Gotham City]]}}
 
* {{a|[[Gotham City]]}}
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** {{a|[[GCPD Headquarters]]}}
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** {{a|[[Gotham General Hospital]]}}
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** {{a|[[Wayne Foundation]]}}
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*** {{a|[[Batcave|Batcave II]]}}
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** Gotham Stadium
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** Cresent Road
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** Vanderwyn Mansion
 
'''Items:'''
 
'''Items:'''
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* {{a|[[Batrope]]}}
'''Vehicles:'''
 
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| Notes =
 
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| Links =
 
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{{Missing Characters}}
 

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"Sign of the Skull": Cosmo "Skull" Dugger suffers from anhedonia, a psychologial condition that robs him of the ability to experience joy. Using his scientific knowledge, he builds an electronic device that allows him to steal the joy--and life--of a person he points


Quote1 To the blazes with them! The Batman is all I care about! Quote2
Commissioner Gordon

Batman #289 is an issue of the series Batman (Volume 1) with a cover date of July, 1977.

Appearing in "Sign of the Skull"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Skull Dugger (First appearance)
    • Joe Wiley (Only appearance; dies)

Other Characters:

  • Magers (Single appearance)
  • Gotham Goliaths
    • Lance Layton (Only appearance; dies)
  • Michael Forrester (Only appearance; dies)

Locations:

Items:

Synopsis for "Sign of the Skull"

Cosmo "Skull" Dugger suffers from anhedonia, a psychologial condition that robs him of the ability to experience joy. Using his scientific knowledge, he builds an electronic device that allows him to steal the joy--and life--of a person he points it at during their moment of greatest pleasure, but the process leaves a skull imprinted on the forehead of the victim. After three victims are killed, Dr. Faye Sommers calls in Batman to examine the last one, and he winds up battling some of Dugger's thugs at the hospital, who are trying to steal the victim's body. Batman picks out "Skull" Dugger's face on videotapes of the events where each of the victims were killed.

After discovering Dugger's name and residence, he drops in while Dugger is out and learns--quite painfully--Dugger's recent history from a mental recording device attached to a joy-making device. He then tries and fails to stop Dugger from committing a murder. Dugger returns to his lab, notices the recorder and joy-maker, and realizes that since Batman has used it in playback, all his instinctive responses to joy have become responses to pain, and vice versa.

Soon, Batman is taken to the GCPD Headquarters, where he sits immobile in a chair, fearful to speak, act, or move at all.



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