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"The Bat-Man: "Frenchy Blake's Jewel Gang"": There is a series of daring jewel robberies that leave the police baffled. Bruce Wayne impersonates Commissioner Gordon to get information from a stool pigeon named Gimpy, who reveals that the c


Quote1 I want a complete written confession from you about those jewel robberies, or else I'll cut this rope. Quote2
The Bat-Man

Detective Comics #28 is an issue of the series Detective Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of June, 1939.

Appearing in The Bat-Man: "Frenchy Blake's Jewel Gang"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Frenchy Blake (Single appearance)
    • Gloves (Single appearance)
    • Ricky (Only appearance; dies)
    • Slick (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Gimpy (Single appearance)
  • Mr & Mrs Vandersmith (Behind the scenes)
  • Mr & Mrs Norton (Behind the scenes)
  • New York City Police Department
    • Officer Kelly (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

Vehicles:

  • Bruce Wayne's red sedan

Synopsis for The Bat-Man: "Frenchy Blake's Jewel Gang"

There is a series of daring jewel robberies that leave the police baffled. Bruce Wayne impersonates Commissioner Gordon to get information from a stool pigeon named Gimpy, who reveals that the culprits are a gang run by Frenchy Blake, and that their next target is the wealthy Vandersmiths.

That night, the Bat-Man waits on the Vandersmiths' rooftop. Two jewel thieves named Gloves and Ricky leave the apartment with their loot. The Bat-Man glides down and attacks Gloves with a flying kick. Ricky runs at the Bat-Man with a knife, so the Bat-Man kicks him off a roof to his death. Gloves draws a gun, so Bat-Man punches him out and takes the jewels. Two police officers arrive to investigate the dead body. The Bat-Man makes it seem as though he is trying to grab the jewels, so the police will think he is a criminal. They try to shoot at him, and he dives off the roof. The Bat-Man does a somersault in mid-air and lands on a rooftop below. Then he takes out a silk rope from his belt and lassos a nearby flagpole. The police are amazed to see the Bat-Man easily swinging to safety.

Newspapers announce that the Bat-Man is head of the gang of jewel thieves. Frenchy Blake believes this is a good thing, as the police will be watching for the Bat-Man instead of him. Blake begins planning his next move. Meanwhile, the Bat-Man is listening outside. He made the police think he was a criminal so Frenchy Blake would act like he wasn't being watched. Frenchy sends Slick and two other henchman to rob the Norton household. The Bat-Man swings through a very large open window and knocks one of them out with a kick. The second one tackles him from behind, and he throws him off. Then he knocks out Slick with a punch to the face. The Bat-Man calls Commissioner Gordon to leave a tip, and leaves using his rope again.

The Bat-Man arrives at Frenchy Blake's apartment, where Frenchy is playing solitaire. Frenchy mistakenly believes he is Slick and lets him in. The Bat-Man gives Frenchy a right jab, then ties him up with the rope, and hangs him outside the window. The Bat-Man demands a written confession, otherwise he will cut the rope and let Frenchy fall to his death. Frenchy agrees and signs a confession. Frenchy tries to attack the Bat-Man one more time, but the Bat-Man beats him until he's begging for mercy. Then the Bat-Man puts Frenchy in his car and drops him off in front of the police station. He is picked up by an Officer Kelly, who finds the stolen jewels and a note on Frenchy's body. Commissioner Gordon reads the note from the Bat-Man, which explains that this was a favor to the Police Department.

Appearing in Speed Saunders: "The Dope Ring"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Hawkins (Single appearance)
  • Ina Marcy (Single appearance)
  • Policy Pete (Only appearance; dies)

Other Characters:

  • George Casson (Only appearance; dies)
  • Lieutenant Gregory

Locations:

Synopsis for Speed Saunders: "The Dope Ring"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Buck Marshall: "Killing by Proxy"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Pepper
  • Sheriff (Behind the scenes)

Antagonists:

  • Spot Sawyer (Single appearance)
  • Billings Zell (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • John Mason (Single appearance)
  • Marshall (Single appearance)

Locations:

Synopsis for Buck Marshall: "Killing by Proxy"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Bart Regan, Spy: "Saboteurs Bomb Steamer"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Bart's boss

Antagonists:

  • Baralian Dictator
    • his General
      • his Captain

Other Characters:

  • Jack Steels, Spy (First appearance)
  • Cliff, Spy (First appearance)

Locations:

  • U.S. harbor city
  • Baralia
  • U.S. Spy Headquarters

Vessels:

  • Steamship "Daro", Baralian Line (Destroyed)

Synopsis for Bart Regan, Spy: "Saboteurs Bomb Steamer"

A Baralian freighter is explosively destroyed, while anchored in a U.S. harbor. The Dictator of Baralia responds by declaring war on the United States.

Bart Regan, Spy, and a covert camera crew, catch the bosses of the Baralian saboteurs on film, discussing their recent accomplishments and future plans, and the film is soon circulated to movie theaters nationwide, then worldwide. The Baralian Dictator publicly backs down and calls off his war preparations.

Appearing in The Crimson Avenger: "The Bagilan Ruby"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Lara Fay (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Miss Blaine (Single appearance)

Locations:

Items:

  • The Bagilan Ruby

Synopsis for The Crimson Avenger: "The Bagilan Ruby"

In the office of the Globe-Leader, Lee Travis learned that the Bagilan Ruby had been stolen. Next, Miss Blaine, an employee at the Globe-Leader, walked in with Lara Fay, the owner of the ruby, who informed her that a man in a turban had followed her and taken the ruby from her. Suddenly, some men in turbans burst into the room and one of them held a knife to Miss Blaine's throat. One of the men declared that Lara and Miss Blaine would leave with them. Suddenly, as the men in turbans were downstairs, Lee jumped out of the window and attacked them, defeating them all. Next, Lee attempted to pursue a taxi, only to be hit by another car, landing him in the hospital.

Later, in the evening, Lee went to Lara Fay's apartment as the Crimson Avenger. Lara Fay told him that the men in turbans had taken the ruby, then released her. Additionally, she informed the vigilante that the men were still holding Miss Blaine captive and were threatening to kill her if the police learned about their activities. Suddenly, a phone rang, which Lara answered, then went to an abandoned tenement house, followed by Crimson. When the Crimson entered the building, he encountered the men in turbans, who defeated him, restrained him and put him inside of a room, where he was reunited with Miss Blaine, who did not recognize him, as he was in disguise. Lara, who was also inside, claimed that they had left her there as well, that she had to return for Miss Blaine, and that she would set the two free. After being set free, Crimson put some gray powder into the turbans of the men and ordered the two women to go to the Globe-Leader. Afterwards, Crimson went to a telephone post to phone three doctors. Later, when three doctors appeared and got into a car, Crimson grabbed onto the back of it, following them to the waterfront. Suddenly, a man appeared behind him and placed a bag on his head, making him a captive once again. The doctors threw Crimson into their car and into an empty room where he was reunited with Miss Blaine, who was captured again as well. The criminals left the two in a room with a cobra. Crimson had an idea and decided to lure the guard in, so he could be bitten by the cobra, allowing the vigilante to escape, as the police had arrived as well.

Appearing in Bruce Nelson: "The New Orleans Mardi Gras Murder, Part 2"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Ed Lane

Other Characters:

  • House keeper (Flashback only)
  • Don Hernandez Covina (Flashback only)
  • Boris Manganoff (Mentioned only)
  • Maria Tonelli (Flashback only)
  • Lili Gravet (Flashback only)

Locations:

Synopsis for Bruce Nelson: "The New Orleans Mardi Gras Murder, Part 2"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in "The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu"

Featured Characters:

  • Denis Nayland Smith

Supporting Characters:

  • Dr. Petrie

Antagonists:

Other Characters:

  • Greba Eltham
  • Rev. J. D. Eltham
  • Vernon Denby

Locations:

Synopsis for "The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise: "The Truxon Hall Fox Hunt"

Featured Characters:

  • Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise

Antagonists:

  • Fisher (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Colonel Carrington-Bayle (Single appearance)
  • Elaine (Single appearance)

Synopsis for Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise: "The Truxon Hall Fox Hunt"

  • Synopsis not yet written.

Appearing in Slam Bradley: "The Whitethorne Inheritance"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Ronald Whitethorne (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Caleb Whitethorne (Single appearance) (Behind the scenes)
  • Fornsby (Single appearance)
  • Higgins (Single appearance)
  • Lucy Wentworth (Single appearance)
  • Sadie Whitethorne (Only appearance; dies)

Locations:

Synopsis for Slam Bradley: "The Whitethorne Inheritance"

  • Synopsis not yet written.



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