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"Robin the Boy Wonder": This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #38.

Quote1.png My parents too were killed by a criminal. That's why I've devoted my life to exterminate them. Quote2.png
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Millennium Edition: Detective Comics #38 is a one-shot with a cover date of April, 2000.

Synopsis for "Robin the Boy Wonder"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #38.

When the owner of a traveling circus, named Mr. Haly, is confronted by thugs, they ask Mr. Haly to pay a "fine," but He refuses and as a result, his bestselling attraction, the Flying Graysons, are killed "accidentally" while performing that night. The Graysons' young son, Dick, overhears an incriminating conversation between Blade, the killer, and his employer Boss Zucco. Dick plans to call the police, but Batman, who has attended the show as the millionaire playboy Bruce Wayne, takes in Dick Grayson, instead of immediately pursuing the thugs. Batman trains Dick, already an excellent acrobat, how to become a crime-fighter. When a period of training is over, Dick is given a red, green, and yellow costume and adopts the identity of Robin, the Boy Wonder.

Dick debuts as Batman's sidekick, and the Dynamic Duo hunt down the extortion gang, and their leader, Boss Zucco. Zucco's new plan is to demolish a skyscraper construction site (the Canin Building), but Robin and Batman defeat the gang in a dangerous battle on the high girders, during which Robin uses a sling to knock one thug off a steel beam and kicks a second gunman off another girder. Zucco is recorded by Robin in the act of pushing Blade to his death and this evidence is given to the police, leading to Zucco's conviction for murder. In the end, Robin vows to be Batman's partner against crime.

Appearing in "Robin the Boy Wonder"

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Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Boss Zucco (First appearance)
    • Zucco's bodyguards and enforcers: Blade (Dies), others (two more die)

Other Characters:

Locations:

Items:


Synopsis for "The Electrical Assassin"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #38.

An insane electrical scientist develops a machine that can hit targets with lightning. Bart Regan puts him out of action, and the War Department takes control of the lightning machine.

Appearing in "The Electrical Assassin"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Bart's Boss
  • Secret Service Forensic Scientist

Antagonists:

  • Carter, the Electrical Assassin (wears a monocle) (Only appearance; dies)
  • Nell Johnson (Only appearance; dies)
  • gunman (Dies)

Other Characters:

  • Senator Clayton (Mentioned only) (Dies)
  • Chick Cavenaugh, Secret Service (Only appearance; dies)
  • cab driver

Locations:

  • Washington, D.C.
    • U.S. Secret Service Headquarters
    • Bart's Apartment
    • Carter Laboratories

Items:

  • Carter's Lightning Machine

Vehicles:

  • Bart's Sedan (Destroyed)
  • Carter's Limousine (Destroyed)

Synopsis for "Dr. Hydkil"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #38.

In London, Dr. Hydkil is insanely seeking to use the blood of living people to resurrect the dead, and commits a series of murders which are made to appear like vampire attacks. Red Logan investigates, and puts an end to Hydkil's menace.

Appearing in "Dr. Hydkil"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Ivan (First appearance)
  • Inspector Enright (First appearance)

Antagonists:

  • Dr. Hydkil (Single appearance)
    • Gluko, assistant (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Officer Simpson
  • Officer Mitchell
  • Archie, at the Times Courier
  • Prominent London Surgeon
    • Receptionist
  • Cab Driver

Locations:

  • London
    • Enright's flat
    • London Daily Mail Building
      • "Times-Courier" office
    • lodging house
    • old and deserted part of town
      • Hydkil's Residence

Synopsis for "The Phoney Jewel Robbery"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #38.

Some gem thieves and some insurance fraudsters co-operate to defraud an insurance company out of a lot of money. The Crimson Avenger finds out about this racket, and corners the gang in their own hideout. He gets his gas gun knocked out of his hands, but out-fist-fights the gang, then gases them, carries them away, and dumps them on the sidewalk in front of a police station.

Appearing in "The Phoney Jewel Robbery"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Wing
  • Mac, Ace Reporter

Antagonists:

  • Mr. Duprey (wears a monocle)
  • Mrs. Duprey
  • Joe Scalponi
    • "Gimpy" Malone, thug
    • Mike, thug

Other Characters:

  • Meadows, Dupre's butler
  • Police Chief
  • Officer Mike

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Travis' Limousine

Synopsis for "The Kidnapped Singer"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #38.

Appearing in "The Kidnapped Singer"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • "Lora de Thiessi's fiance" aka "The Gull" {imposter}

Other Characters:

  • Lora de Thiessi, Torch Singer
    • her maid
  • Speed's Theatre Date
  • Jim, theatre worker
  • Marie, theatre worker
  • Police Captain
  • Jim, Airport Manager / Pilot
  • Charter Pilot

Locations:

  • New York City
    • Social Theatre
    • Police Headquarters
    • Miss de Thiessi's residence
  • New York City Area
    • The Hangforth Dunes
    • West Beach Airport

Vehicles:

  • Miss de Thiessi's big black car
  • Jim's pursuit plane
  • Chartered passenger plane

Synopsis for "The Gambler's Protector"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #38.

A gang of gambling racketeers are being protected by corrupt city officials, including the Police Commissioner, until District Attorney Steve Malone takes them down.

Appearing in "The Gambler's Protector"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

  • Happy, assistant

Antagonists:

  • Butch Smaltz, Racket Boss (Single appearance)
    • his gang: Spot, others
  • Police Commissioner (Single appearance)

Other Characters:

  • Police Chief Runyon

Locations:

  • Police HQ
  • City Harbor

Vehicles:

  • Commissioner's Yacht
    • Yacht's Launch

Synopsis for "At the Arctic Circle"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #38.

Cliff Crosby and Dr. Broussard go exploring in the Arctic Circle. They encounter a traveling tribe of African people, who have got a serum that protects them from the cold. The tribe is led by a usurper, who has forced them to migrate to this location, for a reason that is never stated. Cliff fights a cobra, and a pair of polar bears, the neck of one of which he breaks with his bare hands. Cliff also helps sort out a tribal problem about who is the rightful king of the tribe. Everybody parts on friendly terms. Crosby and Broussard return to the U.S. via dog sled.

Appearing in "At the Arctic Circle"

Featured Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Sabu, usurper (Only appearance; dies)
  • Sengi, executioner (Single appearance)
  • more knife men

Other Characters:

  • Dr. Broussard
  • Aga, Rightful King (Single appearance)
  • tribe of Africans

Animals:

  • two brown polar bears
  • one cobra
  • one dog sled team

Locations:

Vehicles:

  • Broussard's airplane (abandoned, crashed)

Items:

  • African cold-resistance serum

Synopsis for "The Big Fire"

This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #38.

While on their way to a wrestling match, Slam Bradley and Shorty Morgan overhear a police radio call which leads them to an apartment building fire. There they encounter the building's janitor, valiantly rescuing residents, and dash inside to look for more of them. Shorty has some bad luck rescuing one frightened tot, and they both are trapped inside a very large refrigerator. Slam looks for him, and finds them just in time. But then they hear young crippled Tommy Crane on an upper floor; he can't jump so Slam and Shorty do a ladder-climbing, rope-swinging, window-smashing, skylight-climbing rescue, and along the way they find some evidence indicating how the fire got started. Also, Slam gets his hands cut up quite badly on some broken glass. After all the residents are rescued, based on the evidence from upstairs, Slam accuses the janitor of starting the fire; the janitor pulls a gun on him, confirming that suspicion, but Slam and Shorty take him down and turn him over to the police. Afterward, the grateful firemen rush Slam and Shorty to the wrestling match, in a firetruck.

Appearing in "The Big Fire"

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:

Antagonists:

  • Janitor

Other Characters:

  • Tommy Crane (Single appearance)
  • other apartment residents
  • firemen and policemen

Locations:

Notes

  • Aspects of the Robin costume and even his name are drawn from Robinson's childhood favorite, Robin Hood.



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