"Superman and Batman: "Batman and Robin, Medieval Bandits"": One day in Metropolis, Clark Kent hears an urgent call for Superman from Professor Carter Nichols. Rushing to answer Nichols' call, the Man of Steel learns that Nichols used his
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Appearing in Superman and Batman: "Batman and Robin, Medieval Bandits"
- Denny Kale (Single appearance)
- Shorty Biggs (Single appearance)
- Italy (1479)
- United States of America (1963)
- Bat-Winged Glider (First appearance)
Synopsis for Superman and Batman: "Batman and Robin, Medieval Bandits"
One day in Metropolis, Clark Kent hears an urgent call for Superman from Professor Carter Nichols. Rushing to answer Nichols' call, the Man of Steel learns that Nichols used his time machine to send Batman and Robin back on some urgent mission to Florence, Italy in the year 1479. The two heroes haven't returned and Nichols has grown worried about them, so Superman agrees to travel back and time and find out what happened to the Dynamic Duo.
Flying through the time barrier, Superman appears in Italy circa 1479, and the Man of Steel learns that Batman and Robin have been captured by the authorities. Accused of being an ally, Superman allows the soldiers to bound him and bring him for execution along with the Dynamic Duo. Superman breaks free and saves the two people who appear to be his friends. Superman begins to get suspicious when they rendezvous with a band of thieves. Although these men claim to be Batman and Robin and know their secret identities, they knock out Superman with a chunk of Kryptonite. They reveal themselves to be the two crooks Denny Kale and Shorty Biggs.
Earlier, Kale and Biggs were caught in the middle of a robbery by Batman and Robin, but they managed to get a drop on Batman and Robin and tie them up. Unmasking the heroes, they learned their secret identities and decided to pose as Batman and Robin. Getting a call from Carter Nichols requesting the Dynamic Duo's aid, the crooks took advantage of Nichols' time travel technology. Anticipating Superman's possible interference, and being a former Lex Luthor lackey, Denny had a small piece of Kryptonite that he had the thieves' alchemist in 1479 convert an ordinary rock into a chunk of Kryptonite.
As the crooks prepare to dispose of Superman in the past, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson manage to escape from their imprisonment in the present before a time bomb meant to kill them goes off. Donning spare costumes, Batman and Robin rush to Carter Nichols' lab and use his time machine to travel to the past. Escaping the King's men and racing into the woods, Batman and Robin locate the thieves' den and smash their way in. While giving Denny and Shorty chase, they free Superman and chase the crooks into the alchemist's lab. There, some chemicals are knocked over and their fumes erase the memories of Denny and Shorty so that they forget Batman and Robin's true identities. Not remembering what they've been up to over the last few hours, the two crooks are easily captured and are returned to the present to be turned over to the authorities.
Appearing in Aquaman: "The Fish in the Iron Mask"
- Merdo, the Wizard (Behind the scenes)
- Topo (New Earth) (Mind Controlled)
Synopsis for Aquaman: "The Fish in the Iron Mask"
When Topo the octopus finds a large iron helmet in a cave and tries it on, he becomes possessed by the spirit of Merdo the wizard, whose mind was imprisoned in the helmet centuries ago by another wizard for trying to overthrow his king. Merdo's spirit gives Topo great strength and the ability to communicate in English, and Aquaman is unable to remove the helmet from Topo against Merdo's will. Since Merdo wishes to take over the body of Aquaman, the hero pretends to be defeated so that Merdo will order Topo to take off the helmet and place it on Aquaman's body. An instant after Topo takes the helmet off, Aqualad commands the octopus to drop the helmet, and Topo obeys. Later, Aquaman has the helmet crushed by a giant clam.
Appearing in Green Arrow: "The Green Arrow Dummy"
- Birdman Gang
Synopsis for Green Arrow: "The Green Arrow Dummy"
When Oliver Queen hurts his ankle playing sports, Speedy must defend the city alone, however, he decides to take out a dummy of the Green Arrow they used in a previous case. The trick works, and Speedy is able to make people believe that Green Arrow is going out with him and catching crooks. However, during one fight with crooks, bullets hit the Green Arrow dummy causing it to burst. Speedy is able to hold his own until the real Green Arrow arrives and helps subdue the crooks.
- This book was first published on January 17, 1963.
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