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""The Case of the Chemical Syndicate"": This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #27.


Quote1 Bruce Wayne is a nice young chap - but he certainly must lead a boring life... seems disinterested in everything. Quote2
Commissioner Gordon

Millennium Edition: Detective Comics #27 is a one-shot with a cover date of February, 2000.

Appearing in "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate"

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  • New York City (not yet identified, see "Notes" below)
    • Apex Chemical Corporation (Mentioned only)
    • Crane Residence
    • Gordon Residence
    • Lambert Mansion
    • Stryker Laboratory
    • Wayne Manor (First appearance)

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  • Bruce Wayne's red sedan

Synopsis for "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #27.

Commissioner Gordon relaxes at home entertaining his young socialite friend Bruce Wayne. Wayne asks if anything exciting has happened lately, and Gordon explains that a fellow called the "Bat-Man" is puzzling him. Gordon receives a call that chemical manufacturer Lambert has been found murdered. They have Lambert's son in custody, whose fingerprints were found on the knife. Gordon invites Bruce Wayne to the Lambert mansion with him, and Bruce Wayne says he has nothing better to do.

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The Bat-Man debuts.

When they arrive at the crime scene, young Lambert insists he is innocent. The lad explains that he arrived home early and saw his father lying on the floor. When he entered the library, he saw a figure escaping out the window. He pulled a knife out of his father's back, and his father's last word was "contract." Lambert's son recalls that his father had three associates, Alfred Stryker, Paul Rogers, and Steve Crane. Steve Crane calls Gordon on the phone. Lambert told Crane that he had received a death threat the previous day. Crane has received a similar death threat, and asks for police protection. Bruce Wayne decides to go home, and Gordon rushes over to the Crane residence.

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Police pursue the Bat-Man.

Steven Crane is killed by a gunman who enters through the window. The thug and his partner steal a paper from Crane and climb onto the roof. They are confronted by a figure they recognize as the Bat-Man, standing in the moonlight. The Bat-Man punches the first thug out, then grabs the second one in a headlock and throws him off the second-story roof. He grabs the paper and escapes as Gordon is pulling up. The GCPD try to arrest the Bat-Man, but they are unable to catch him. Gordon learns that Crane has been murdered, and moves on to the next business partner. The Bat-Man smiles when he reads the paper he stole, and drives off in his automobile.

Paul Rogers visits the laboratory of Alfred Stryker, having learned of Lambert's death by news broadcast. Stryker's assistant Jennings clubs Rogers over the head and ties him up. Jennings explains that he will lower a gas chamber over Rogers and kill him the same way he puts animals to sleep. Jennings leaves to activate the gas. The Bat-Man leaps into the room through an open transom. The Bat-Man grabs a wrench and dives inside the gas chamber before it closes.
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"A fitting end for his kind."

He plugs the gas jet with a handkerchief, and busts through the glass with his wrench. Jennings returns and tries to pull a gun on the Bat-Man, but the Bat-Man punches him in the face really hard. Alfred Stryker enters and demands to know what happened. When Rogers explains that Jennings tried to kill him, Stryker pulls out a knife to finish the job. The Bat-Man is hiding in the shadows, and he grabs Stryker from behind to stop him.

The Bat-Man explains to Rogers that they were all partners in the Apex Chemical Corporation. Stryker had made secret contracts with all of them to pay them a sum of money each year until he owned the business. He grew tired of waiting and decided to kill them so he wouldn't have to pay. Stryker breaks out of the Bat-Man's grip and pulls a gun on him. The Bat-Man punches Stryker so hard in the face that Stryker breaks through a railing and falls into a tank of acid. The Bat-Man remarks that this is a fitting end for his kind, and leaves via transom. Rogers tries to thank the Bat-Man, but he is already gone.

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Batman is... BRUCE WAYNE?!

Later at his house, Commissioner Gordon relates this story to Bruce Wayne. Bruce remarks that this is a lovely fairy tale, and leaves. Gordon thinks to himself that Bruce Wayne is a nice young chap, but he seems to lead a very boring life. Bruce returns home to Wayne Manor, where it's revealed that he is in fact the Bat-Man.

Appearing in "Killers of Kurdistan"

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  • The Veiled Prophetress of the Killers of the Kurdistan (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Trelawney (Only appearance; dies)
  • Tom (Appears only as a corpse)

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Synopsis for "Killers of Kurdistan"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #27.

Appearing in "Bullet Bluff"

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  • Pepper
  • Sheriff

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  • Jack Stark (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Matt Doyle (Single appearance)
  • Jerry Kane (Appears only as a corpse)

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Synopsis for "Bullet Bluff"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #27.

Appearing in "The Mysterious Murders"

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  • Enemy spies (Only appearance; dies)

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  • Congressman Booker (Single appearance)
  • Congressman Stoker (Single appearance)
  • Booker's secretary (Single appearance)
  • Congressman Little (Only appearance; dies)

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Synopsis for "The Mysterious Murders"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #27.


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Appearing in "Murder on the Oceanic Line Docks"

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  • Frank (Single appearance)
  • Mike Moran (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Alan Gold (Single appearance)
  • Beard (Single appearance)

Locations:

  • New York City
    • Globe Leader, newspaper office
    • Oceanic Line Docks
    • Frank's Place

Synopsis for "Murder on the Oceanic Line Docks"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #27.

At the Oceanic Line Docks, a man named Abe Gold was murdered. Twenty minutes later, a car crowded another into a post, causing the driver, who was badly mutilated, to be rushed to the hospital. Suddenly, three men came in from an ambulance and held the doctors at gunpoint, demanding that the driver came with them. The doctor refused, so the gunman attacked him.

Lee Travis learned that a nightclub owner named Abe Gold was murdered and so was a nurse in a hospital kidnapping. Later, he went to a police garage where he found a wrecked car. He searched the car and found a camera without its film. Next, he told Wing How that they were going to recover the missing film that could lead them to the murderer. Lee speculated that Beard, the driver of the car, took a picture of Gold's murder and was kidnapped from the hospital to silence him. Later, the Crimson Avenger went to a gambling den known as Frank's Place, where he had a brief encounter with its owner. Meanwhile, in a dark alley, two policemen found Beard's body. Next, Crimson went to Mike Moran's office, where he encountered its owner. Crimson told Moran that he was looking for the murderer of Abe Gold. However, Moran responded that it was a gang who killed him and that he had no gang. Next, Crimson went to Sol Simon's dog racetrack, where a guard spotted and apprehended him, restrained him and incarcerated him. However, due to Crimson's strength, he easily broke free of his restraints and attacked Moran's men. Crimson confronted Moran about the murders of Abe Gold and Beard. Next, Moran attempted to shoot Crimson, but was quickly disarmed. However, he fired a shot, which was heard by the police. At the jail house, one officer informed the chief that he received a check for $8,000 from Moran, for the Crimson Avenger, confused about its meaning. Later on, the chief noticed that the check had suddenly disappeared. The Crimson, who had taken the check, decided that it should go to charity.

Appearing in "The New Orleans Mardi Gras Murders (Part I)"

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  • Ed Lane (First appearance)

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  • Lili Gravet (Appears only as a corpse)

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Synopsis for "The New Orleans Mardi Gras Murders (Part I)"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #27.

Appearing in "The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu"

Featured Characters:

  • Denis Nayland Smith

Supporting Characters:

  • Dr. Petrie

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Other Characters:

  • Greba Eltham (Flashback and main story)
  • Rev. J. D. Eltham
  • Vernon Denby

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Synopsis for "The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #27.

Appearing in "Illegal Aliens"

Featured Characters:

  • Cosmo, the Phantom of Disguise

Antagonists:

  • Kwan Joy Lo (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Ven Lo (Single appearance)

Synopsis for "Illegal Aliens"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #27.

Appearing in "The Murderer on Vacation"

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  • Blackjack Benson (Single appearance)
  • Helger Wetjen (Single appearance)
  • Gale Dennis (Single appearance)
  • Nickey (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Dick Kelly (Only appearance; dies)
  • Heine (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for "The Murderer on Vacation"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #27.

Notes

Reprints Detective Comics #27.

Trivia

  • Batman's name is spelled "Bat-Man".
  • The golden age version of Bruce Wayne smoked a pipe.



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