"Batman: "Target For Tonight!"": A big-game hunter who dubs himself "the Stalker" deduces Batman's secret identity and announces his intention to hunt down and kill the Caped Crusader. Batman decides to live up to his reputation as a manhunter and he starts looking fo
Detective Comics #401 is an issue of the series Detective Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of July, 1970.
Appearing in Batman: "Target For Tonight!"
- Carleton Yager (Only appearance; dies)
- "Quiz" Barton (tv show host) (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Batman: "Target For Tonight!"
A big-game hunter who dubs himself "the Stalker" deduces Batman's secret identity and announces his intention to hunt down and kill the Caped Crusader. Batman decides to live up to his reputation as a manhunter and he starts looking for the criminal in order to stop his plan. Batman goes to the Stalker's mansion, where he almost falls for a deadly trap and learns that the hunter has prepared their final encounter in an island near Gotham City.
Batman goes to the location and tries to confront the hunter unseen, but the hunter has prepared a few traps for Batman. The Dark Knight manages to break free and starts looking for his enemy. After a quick search, Batman finds Alfred in a shooting gallery. Thinking that he would kill his friend by trying to save him, Batman retreats only to return and tackle his butler to the ground and deliver a strong punch to his face. As unusual as this action seems, Batman has deduced that Alfred is in fact the Stalker in disguise and when the hero unmasks the Stalker, the latter tries to escape by jumping away from Batman, unaware that he'd be jumping to his death.
Unable to save the Stalker, Batman leaves the place and meets with the real Alfred, who had followed Batman to make sure he defeated his enemy.
Appearing in Robin and Batgirl: "Midnight is the Dying Hour!"
- Jack Markham (Final appearance)
- Amos Willard (Appears only as a corpse)
- Hank Osher (Flashback only) (Final appearance)
- Professor Huntington
Synopsis for Robin and Batgirl: "Midnight is the Dying Hour!"
Earlier in the evening, Dick Grayson had taken on his guise of Robin in order to conduct his own investigation of the murder. Finding that the body of Willard was pointing at a book of poetry (particularly the words "POE") and remembering the Poe festival, Robin finally realizes who the killer might be.
Rushing to the theater, Robin catches the killer just before he can apply the last brick that would seal Batgirl's tomb, but the murderer manages to get away. Robin then frees Batgirl, and the two heroes begin searching the theater for their assailant. After a chase through the theater, Robin and Batgirl manage to catch the killer who turns out to be none other than student Jack Markham.
- "Midnight Is the Dying Hour!" is reprinted in The Best of DC #30, Showcase Presents: Robin, the Boy Wonder Vol. 1 and Showcase Presents: Batgirl Vol. 1.
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