"Batman: "The Three Racketeers"": Three thugs are talking about how successful their crimes were before Batman intervened.
Detective Comics #61 is an issue of the series Detective Comics (Volume 1) with a cover date of March, 1942.
Synopsis for Batman: "The Three Racketeers"
Three thugs are talking about how successful their crimes were before Batman intervened.
The first man tells his story about how he tricked the police by hacking into their radio frequency and sending them to places far away from where he and his gang would commit their crimes. However, Batman and Robin discovered his secret plan and after a quick chase, the mastermind was stopped.
The second man tells his story about how he created a serum that caused people to lose their energy and become lazy. He used this drug to put an important businessman to sleep and demanded great amounts of money for the antidote. What the man didn't knew was that Bruce Wayne was one of the businessman's colleagues. The scientist was located by Batman, but he managed to inject some of the serum in the hero, leaving him exhausted for fighting. However, Batman used his radio on the sole of his boot to contact Robin and tell him about the criminal. Robin tracked down the criminal to his hideout and after giving Batman the antidote, the duo stopped the mad man's racket.
The third man tells his story about how he and his gang stole some tanks from the armory and created chaos in the city until they were located by Batman and Robin, who searched for them in the Batplane. Batman and Robin forced the thugs to leave the tanks by burning the vehicles, but the feat cost them the Batplane. Despite this, Batman and Robin were able to follow he gang to their hideout and using some tear gas, they captured the gang and arrested the leader.
Once they have finished telling their stories, a guard approached the three men and tells them that they have been assigned cells for each one of them at the Gotham State Penitentiary. While the criminals go to their cells, the guard is wondering how smart the Batman has to be in order to capture such smart folks.
Appearing in Batman: "The Three Racketeers"
- Cal Clate (Single appearance)
- Professor Post (Single appearance)
- Mr. Charters (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Bart Regan, Spy: "The Mysterious Green Bottle"
Appearing in Bart Regan, Spy: "The Mysterious Green Bottle"
- Dr. Steik
- Kurt Von Geer (Axis agent)
Synopsis for Cliff Crosby: "Crime Stalks the Barnyard!"
Appearing in Cliff Crosby: "Crime Stalks the Barnyard!"
- Kay Nevers
- Mrs. Benson
- Benson's brother
Synopsis for Crimson Avenger: "The Beggars' Rebellion"
Appearing in Crimson Avenger: "The Beggars' Rebellion"
- Riley (reporter)
- Dick Moore (beggar)
- Mrs. Moore
- Big Joe Arno
- One-Eyed Dorgan
- Silky Weezil
Synopsis for Larry Steele: "The Seal"
Appearing in Larry Steele: "The Seal"
- The Seal (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Air Wave: "Eliminate Air-Wave!"
Professor Gurn recruits a thug from his former group, the Scalotti Gang, in order to start his own crime organization. After a fight breaks out, Air Wave arrives on the scene. The thug flees while Gurn convinces Air Wave that he was a victim of the escaped criminal. After Air Wave releases him, Professor Gurn kidnaps the heiress Sandra Stowe. Air Wave once again gets involved, but the professor has built a static machine which knocks out the hero. Sandra is able to turn off the machine, allowing Air Wave to recover. He then defeats the gang and the machine explodes, leaving Prof. Gurn nowhere to be found and assumed to have been killed.
Appearing in Air Wave: "Eliminate Air-Wave!"
- Professor Gurn (Apparent Death)
- The Scalotti Gang (Single appearance)
- D. A. Cole (Single appearance)
- Sandra Stowe (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Slam Bradley: "Chandra Chun"
Appearing in Slam Bradley: "Chandra Chun"
- Chandra Chun (Single appearance)
- Tom Hogan (Single appearance)
- Published by Detective Comics, Inc.
- Batman: The Three Racketeers is reprinted in 'Batman Archives Vol 2', Batman Chronicles Vol 5 and Batman #258.
- The episode Almost Got 'Im from Batman: The Animated Series is reminiscent of the Batman story in this issue.