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"Batman: "Death Flies the Haunted Sky!"": Batman becomes aware of a man's revenge desire against three pilots and he starts investigating the case after one of them is attacked by a mysterious white plane. Batman is assisted by Eve, the suspect's sister and they work

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Detective Comics #442 is an issue of the series Detective Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of September, 1974.

Synopsis for Batman: "Death Flies the Haunted Sky!"

Batman becomes aware of a man's revenge desire against three pilots and he starts investigating the case after one of them is attacked by a mysterious white plane. Batman is assisted by Eve, the suspect's sister and they work together to save the two remaining pilots from the vengeance-seeking killer in a biplane. Batman and Eve manage to bring down the pilot of the mysterious plane and discover that it was in fact one of the pilots, who wanted to frame Eve's brother but his plan was thwarted by Batman.

Appearing in Batman: "Death Flies the Haunted Sky!"

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Supporting Characters:

  • Eve Dancer (Single appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Doug Garth (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Ben Dancer (Single appearance) (Dies in flashback)
  • Benjy Dancer (Single appearance)
  • Mason Terrell (Only appearance; dies)
  • Rick Halstrom (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Newsboy Legion: "The House Where Time Stood Still"

This story is reprinted from Star-Spangled Comics #21.

Citizens are very concerned that the Presby brothers haven't been seen in over 25 years, so the boys and the Guardian investigate, only to learn that the Presbys had locked themselves in their home to avoid contact with World War I and now World War II. This has played right into the hands of a couple of Nazi spies, who intend to use their home as a secret Nazi radio station to contact submarines. The Guardian comes to the rescue, or at least attempts to, until he is captured as well. So it is up to the Newsboy Legionnaires to save their shield-bearing friend, while proving to the Presbys that the Nazis are an enemy that must not be ignored.

Appearing in Newsboy Legion: "The House Where Time Stood Still"

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  • Nazi Spies
    • August (Single appearance)
    • Karl (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Hector Presby (Single appearance)
  • Julius Presby (Single appearance)
  • Mrs. Mudd (Single appearance)
  • Mrs. Goldfinch (Single appearance)
  • Mrs. Naggsnapp (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Hawkman: "The Magic Mirror Mystery!"

This story is reprinted from Hawkman #10.

After 10 long years, Robert Sorel stands to inherit the priceless jewels that his late father left for him after his death. Having been sealed in a room for the past ten years, the commissioner and Hawkman are on-site to ensure that none of the jewels were taken. Although the room has been untouched for 10 years, somehow the diamonds are missing. Prompting Hawkman to try and figure out how the diamonds could have been stolen. He tells all gathered that the mirror in the room was once owned (apparently) by Cogliostro and that anything that was reflected on its surface can be seen again if the conditions are right.

This proves to be a trick on Hawkman's part to try and lure the real thief who would try and destroy the mirror before the truth got out. Hawkman catches the real thief: Robert Sorel himself. Taking him into a court of law, it's revealed that he stole the gems before they were to be locked into the room (and therefore not legally his at that time) and replaced them with mock-up gems that would dissolve in the case.

Sorel tries to get out of it, by citing that the statute of limitations is long over, however, the judge and Hawkman correct him that statute of limitations only starts AFTER a crime is discovered, not from the point it was actually committed. Sorel is then found guilty for his crimes and taken into custody.

Appearing in Hawkman: "The Magic Mirror Mystery!"

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  • Robert Sorel (Single appearance)
  • Pete (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • "Scoops" Handley (Single appearance)
  • Harry Winsor (Single appearance)

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  • None

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  • None

Synopsis for Black Canary: "The Huntress of the Highway!"

This story is reprinted from Flash Comics #92.

Appearing in Black Canary: "The Huntress of the Highway!"

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  • Female Hijacker (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Elongated Man: 'The Robbery That Never Happened!"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #333.

Appearing in Elongated Man: 'The Robbery That Never Happened!"

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  • A Jewel Thief (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Richard Bell (Single appearance)

Locations:

  • Unnamed City
    • Bentley Hotel
    • Richard Bell's Watch Repair Shop

Synopsis for Batman: "Vanishing Village!"

This story is reprinted from Batman #31.

Batman and Robin learn of a village in Florida that has simply vanished. Following the trail of a well known criminal of Gotham City, Batman arrives at Florida and poses as Knuckles Donegan to be allowed to enter the vanished village, which is run by several criminals and has been hidden on purpose by them, to operate undetected. Once inside, Batman contacts Robin, who in turns notifies to the local authorities about the trick and a short time later, the police arrives and arrests the entire gang. Batman and Robin are almost victims of a deadly trap involving carnibore plants, but they managed to escape and on their way back to Gotham, they capture the real Knuckles Donegan.

Appearing in Batman: "Vanishing Village!"

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  • Knuckles Donegan (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Slick (Single appearance)
  • Weasel (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Doctor Fate: "Murders in Baranga Marsh"

This story is reprinted from More Fun Comics #68.

By the side of the Baranga Road, in the dead of night, Kent Nelson and Inza Cramer come across the corpse of a man, struck down by some unknown cause. A cop arrives, makes some bad assumptions and asks some stupid questions, before Nelson uses a bit of misdirection and some light hypnosis to escape with Inza by flying away in his car. But after they leave, the unknown force strikes again, killing the cop.

By the time Doctor Fate returns to the scene, cops and soldiers are gathering on the Baranga Road. Fate dissuades them from moving to the far side of it, and tests his theory about the nature of the deadly force, by tossing a live cat into the danger zone; it perishes. Then a car is driven onto the scene by a young woman, who is unharmed by the mysterious force. Leaving the cops, Fate follows her to an old stone house. He eavesdrops as the fiend responsible for these crimes, addressed only as "Master," gives his servant her orders. She, Nasha, is to carry out the murder of his former friend, countryman, and partner, Serge Roltavich, who cheated the Master out of millions. Now, working alone, this mad scientist has invented a sound system that kills people at a distance, and has been testing it on random passers-by.

Nasha visits Roltavich, at his high-rise apartment home, and presents him with a small broadcasting device, then tries to turn it on, but Doctor Fate steps into the room, and blows up the little transmitter before it can kill anyone. Nasha points a handgun at Fate; he points his finger at the gun and it vanishes. She gives up, which infuriates the Master, who has spied on the whole encounter from his laboratory. He now transmits an enormous sound wave, which skips over much of the city but strikes Roltavich's building, cracking it in two! Doctor Fate summons mighty winds from the four corners of the compass and lifts the falling building back into place. He places more protective magic around Serge, then whisks Nasha away to Inza Cramer's penthouse, and leaves them together. Doctor Fate soars over the Baranga Marshes and lands at a large stone mansion, which he invades. It's rigged with an ineffective booby trap, but while Fate is shrugging off a shattered sword-blade, the Master is warming up his big transmitter. He dons a lead helmet, and uses the machine to snap a steel bar, then hurls the full force of it against Doctor Fate. With a wave of his hand, Fate sends it back, to destroy its own emitter. Raving madly, the inventor steps out of a window and falls to his apparent death, in a moat below the mansion wall.

Appearing in Doctor Fate: "Murders in Baranga Marsh"

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Antagonists:

  • Master, Russian scientist (Apparent Death)
    • Nasha, Russian henchwoman

Other Characters:

  • man on Baranga Road (Dies)
  • policeman on Baranga Road (Dies)
  • more cops, and soldiers
  • Serge Roltavich, Russian-American inventor
    • his butler

Locations:

  • Baranga Road
  • Baranga River
    • southern bank, marshes
      • old stone house
  • New York City
    • concert hall
    • Roltavich's apartment
    • Inza Cramer's penthouse
  • Salem

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  • Nelson's yellow roadster
  • Nasha's purple roadster

Synopsis for Manhunter: "To Duel the Master"

Asano Nitobe, the martial artist who trained Manhunter, now goes against his pupil in a fight to the death.

Appearing in Manhunter: "To Duel the Master"

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