"Night People": On a cold, rainy night, murderer Derek "Deke" Mitchell escapes from prison, and seeks revenge against an old business partner named Kadaver. Moments later, a brutal murder occurs in Cardboard City, one of Gotham's ma
- Seems we got a bad goose on the loose in beautiful downtown Gotham! Derek Mitchel, aged 35, serving three life sentences for murder, has escaped from Gotham Penitentiary. Police say that Mitchel, a keep-fit fanatic, is extremely dangerous and should not be approached! So if you see a crop-haired six-two in prison grays, don't go makin' no citizen's arrests! Call your friendly neighborhood cop an' retire to a safe distance!
- — DJ Dark
Appearing in "Night People"
- DJ Dark (First appearance)
- Derek "Deke" Mitchell (First appearance)
- Gotham Organized Crime
- Harlan Woolf (First appearance)
- Bannen (Single appearance)
- Floyd (Single appearance)
- Webley (Behind the scenes)
- Legs (First appearance)
- Gotham City Police Department
- Willy (First appearance)
- Ringworm Pete (Single appearance)
- Michael Rossi (First appearance; dies)
- Babette (First appearance)
- Sea Spirit
Synopsis for "Night People"
On a cold, rainy night, murderer Derek "Deke" Mitchell escapes from prison, and seeks revenge against an old business partner named Kadaver. Moments later, a brutal murder occurs in Cardboard City, one of Gotham's many homeless communities. Batman, unaware of either of these events, spends the night foiling a cocaine smuggling at the Gotham docks, though he fails to capture the ringleader, Harlan Woolf.
Mitchell is eventually spotted by the police, and chased into a chemical dump-site adjacent to the docks. Unwilling to surrender, he hides among the barrels of toxic waste, but a freak bolt of lightning strikes the dump-site and ignites a massive explosion. The police, the news media, and Batman all believe Mitchell to have died in the explosion, but moments later, an inhuman figure rises from the chemical fires, bellowing in pain.
- This issue is reprinted in Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle Vol. 1 and in Batman: The Dark Knight Detective Vol. 2.
- John Wagner is credited with co-scripting this story, but he was alledgedly not involved with this issue according to Alan Grant.
- This issue has several references to musicians and rock artists such as The Rolling Stones, Laura Brannigan, the New York Dolls, Sid Vicious, David Johansen and a few others.