"Rackety-Rax Racket!": The Joker captures Batman with help from his henchmen and they take the vigilante to their secret hideout. Joker then contacts Robin and forces him to perform embarrassing but apparently harm
Appearing in "Rackety-Rax Racket!"
- Aces (Single appearance)
- Deuces (Single appearance)
- Linda Page (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for "Rackety-Rax Racket!"
The Joker captures Batman with help from his henchmen and they take the vigilante to their secret hideout. Joker then contacts Robin and forces him to perform embarrassing but apparently harmless feats in order to keep Batman alive. However, Joker is using Robin for his criminal activities and when the Boy Wonder realizes the truth, he prepares a trap for the Joker.
Meanwhile, Batman struggles to find a way to escape and after a long time, he breaks free and follows the Joker to a toy store. The Joker's plan was to steal the jewel store above the toy store, but Robin's preparation for the crime and Batman's timely arrival, foil the madman's plan.
Appearing in "Dick Grayson, Boy Wonder"
- Stick-Up Sidney (Single appearance)
- Hutch Makin (Single appearance)
- Winston (Single appearance)
- Harry (Single appearance)
- Flying Graysons (Flashback only)
- Mister Haley (Flashback only)
- Boss Zucco (Flashback only)
Synopsis for "Dick Grayson, Boy Wonder"
Dick Grayson was a member of the Flying Graysons, the trapeze artists who worked at Haly's Circus until they were killed by Boss Zucco. With John and Mary Grayson death, Dick was taken in by Batman, who taught Dick some advanced martial arts techniques and gave him the secret identity of Robin. Batman and Robin captured Boss Zucco and his gang, giving Robin the chance of getting revenge against the killer of his parents.
Bruce Wayne had no intention of allowing Dick to continue his crime-fighting career, but Grayson wants to prove his worth and so begins an intensive training in which Bruce teaches Dick about investigation, criminology and science. When the time came, Batman allows Robin to go out a second time as Robin and this time, Batman introduces him to Commissioner Gordon as his assistant. After learning all the details from Gordon, Batman and Robin track down the criminals, but during the confrontation, Dick is captured and Batman allows the criminals to capture him as well. Robin is then taken away, but he manages to escape from the crooks' vehicle. Robin warns Commissioner Gordon about Batman, but by the time the police arrive at the scene, the thugs had moved elsewhere along with Batman.
Robin remembers Bruce's training and he decides to look up for clues and continue his investigation at the Batcave. After this, Robin deduces the criminals' location, but he decides to go alone. Robin finds the place and using the smoke from the fireplace, he breaks inside unnoticed and sets Batman free. Together, Batman and Robin defeat the thugs and when they return home, Dick gives up the role of Robin for all the trouble he caused. However, Bruce is more than satisfied with Dick's performance and he allows the boy to become his sidekick permanently.
Appearing in "In the Soup!"
- Two employees of Fernleigh Soup (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "In the Soup!"
Alfred is tired of being laughed at for his various accidental victories over crime and this time he decides to do a proper investigation. Following the clues about a recent crime, Alfred finds the criminals and he takes the police to the scene, where they arrest the thugs with Alfred's help.
However, Bruce and Dick are still skeptical about Alfred's recent achievement.
Appearing in "All For One, One For All"
- Cardinal Richelieu's Guards
- Milady (Single appearance)
- Constance Bonacieux
- Duke of Buckingham
- 17th Century
Synopsis for "All For One, One For All"
Professor Carter Nichols uses his hypnotic technique to send the minds of Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson back in time to Europe of the 17th Century. Here, Bruce and Dick come across the famous Three Musketeers and their future friend D'Artagnan. Batman and Robin relive the story already told by Dumas, but with their help, they change the tragic ending to a happy one. After their adventure is over, Professor Nichols brings their minds back to the present.
- The complete issue is reprinted on the Batman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol 8.
- "Rackety-Rax Racket!" was reprinted in Batman #257 and The Joker: A Celebration of 75 Years.
- "In the Soup!" was reprinted in Batman Family #6.
- Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Compendium states the "Dick Grayson, Boy Wonder" story took place on Earth-Thirty-Two.
- Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Compendium credits this issue as first appearance of Earth-Forty, though it doesn't state which story occurred in that reality. Since "Dick Grayson, Boy Wonder" is credited as an Earth-Thirty-Two story this leaves "Rackety-Rax Racket!", "In the Soup!" and/or "All For One, One For All" as possible candidates.
- On the first story, there's a giant Joker card in Joker's hideout. This is the iconic memorabilia that would later be a constant feature of the Batcave.
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- ↑ However, in another section it also credits the ashcan Thrill Comics #1 (1940) as being the first issue involving Earth-Forty