"Murder on Parole": Batman and Robin witness a man being attacked by a group of gangsters and they come to his rescue. The criminals escape and the victim tells the duo that he was once in prison and a cellmate managed to get him a paro
- People who waste valuable time are really enemies of mankind. Think of all the fine cures for disease and inventions that might be found if they made use of their precious time! It's worth thinking about-
- -- Batman
Appearing in "Murder on Parole"
- The Boss (Only appearance; dies)
- Slink Daniels (Single appearance)
- Shoulders (Single appearance)
- Marty Loden (Single appearance)
- Gotham City Police Department
- Chick Miller (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "Murder on Parole"
Batman and Robin witness a man being attacked by a group of gangsters and they come to his rescue. The criminals escape and the victim tells the duo that he was once in prison and a cellmate managed to get him a parole, but after getting out of prison, he was framed for a crime he didn't commit and when he refused to cooperate, the gang attacked him.
Batman and Robin take the man to a hospital were they prevent him from being attacked again and soon, Batman decides to infiltrate prison to learn more about the parole racket. Disguising himself as a criminal, Batman joins the cellmate that offers paroles to other inmates and soon, with his new identity, Batman is out on the streets where he is approached by the gangsters and they offer him a job. Batman reveals his true identity and captures some of the criminals with help from Robin. However, Robin is captured by the gang leader, who is in fact the leader of the parole board in the prison.
Batman goes to the gang's hideout, rescues Robin from the criminals and during a final confrontation with the leader, they both fall to the elevator's shaft, but Batman manages to hold the cable while the gangster falls to his death.
Appearing in "The Clock Maker"
- Atkins (Only appearance; dies)
- Brock (Only appearance; dies)
- Gotham City Police Department
- Keating (Only appearance; dies)
- Peter Selby
- Henry Decker (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for "The Clock Maker"
After Bruce Wayne goes to a business meeting, he and his comrades go to a clock store to buy some old clocks. The Clock Maker greets them and when he learns that they like to "kill time" he is enraged and asks them to leave for he considers them to be murderers.
The next day, Bruce's comrades start dying after their clocks toll thirteen times and the police starts investigating the case. When a mysterious man delivers a clock to Wayne Manor and the clock starts tolling the hour at midnight, Bruce takes the clock and throws it outside right before the clock explodes.
Knowing the truth about the clock, Batman pays a visit to the clock maker and learns that the old man is responsible for the murders and that there was also another man involved: one of Bruce's business partners. He used the clock maker to kill his partners so he can be the sole owner of the company. During the ensuing fight, the clock maker kills the greedy man and he ties up Batman before he goes to the clock tower in the city to make a bomb that will destroy the town after 10 o'clock.
Robin finds Batman and together they race towards the clock tower to stop the clock maker. After a long fight, the clock maker falls to his death and the dynamic duo prevent the bomb from being activated, saving the town.
Appearing in "The Secret of the Iron Jungle"
- Graham Masters (Only appearance; dies)
- Chuck (Only appearance; dies)
- Tom Page (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for "The Secret of the Iron Jungle"
Bruce Wayne learns from his friend Linda Page that her father's oil rig in Texas is having some hard times with the locals. Bruce and Dick go to the place and they confront the criminals that want to take away the oil towers from Mr. Page. Linda arrives soon as well and the dynamic duo have to save both father and daughter from danger.
Batman and Robin manage to stop the criminals and save Mr. Page's business. Linda is happy with Batman's actions, but she is unsatisfied with Bruce's lack of interest.
Appearing in "Suicide Beat"
- Alderman Skigg (Single appearance)
- Fancy Dan (Single appearance)
- Mister Kelly (Only appearance; dies)
- Biff Mafey (Single appearance)
- Jorgan (Single appearance)
- Judge Henry (Single appearance)
- Anna (Single appearance)
- Anna's dad (Single appearance)
- Grogan (Only appearance; dies)
Synopsis for "Suicide Beat"
There is a gang in Gotham that controls a part of town. Fancy Dan and his henchmen attack policemen and murder them if they intervene in their affairs. After he kills one more police officer, his son, who is also a police officer, wants to get Fancy Dan to justice and he gets some help from Batman and Robin.
The trio confront the gang and learn that somehow Fancy Dan has managed to capture a famous boxer to win a bet he placed on the match. In order to foil his plan, Batman takes the place of the boxer and wins the match. Fancy Dan and his gang try to get away with the money, but Batman follows them to a building where he is captured and placed on a room with gasoline. Dan starts a fire and soon the building is consumed by the flames. Robin and the rookie police officer find the criminals and help Batman get out of the building.
Fancy Dan is arrested and the neighborhood welcome the rookie officer with open arms while Batman and Robin keep constant vigilance.
- This book was first published on June 13, 1941.
- This issue is reprinted in Batman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol 2 and Batman Chronicles, volume 2.
- This issue also contains text story "The Rustlers" by Gardner Fox.
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Links and References
- Batman series index at the Grand Comics Database
- Batman series index at Mike's Amazing World of DC Comics