"Superman and Batman: "Robin's Revenge!"": Batman, Robin and Superman are on the trail of a criminal known as the Automator. When they finally corner the villain on a cave, Superman ha
World's Finest #184 is an issue of the series World's Finest (Volume 1) with a cover date of May, 1969.
Synopsis for Superman and Batman: "Robin's Revenge!"
Batman, Robin and Superman are on the trail of a criminal known as the Automator. When they finally corner the villain on a cave, Superman has to leave in order to stop a plane from crashing. The Dynamic Duo get ready to capture the villain, but Robin twists his ankle, leaving Batman to face the villain alone. Taking advantage of the situation, the Automator uses a giant machine to trap Batman and activates a ray that makes the Caped Crusader vanish. Robin is unable to help his mentor and he can only watch as the Automator also escapes. When Superman returns, he learns that Batman has been eliminated and he can't help the grief-stricken Boy Wonder.
A funeral is held for Batman and many members of the Justice League gather together to honor the late hero. Green Lantern creates an indestructible tombstone with his ring and a few days later, Clark Kent learns that Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson have died in a terrible accident. Superman, knowing that Bruce's death was needed, goes to Wayne Manor to investigate why did Robin decided to kill his alter ego as well. Superman learns that Dick decided that it would be too suspicious if he didn't fake his own death while still working as Robin and for this reason, he has changed his identity into that of Rick Danner, a blond student at Keyer University. Robin tells Superman that he won't rest until he brings the Automator to justice and makes him pay for killing Batman.
Years passed and Rick Danner eventually turns into a fully grown man who still works as Robin. Superman is still active, but his age is already catching up to him. In this future, a mysterious criminal appears and creates chaos never seen before. Using special gold gloves, this new villain is capabale of fantastic feats such as disintegrating solid matter, flying and shooting energy. Because of his particular gloves, the media dubs the criminal "Golden Gloves" and the heroes of this future start investigating the case.
Superman tries to stop Golden Gloves from creating more chaos and destruction, but he is outmatched by the powerful gloves. Eventually, Golden Gloves manages to blind Superman permanently using a blast of energy. Robin arrives in time to see Superman removing the mask from Golden Gloves, but he can't get a good look at the criminal's face. Golden Gloves carries the unconscious Superman to his hideout and Robin follows them closely until he arrives at the place.
Inside, Golden Gloves takes Superman to a main chamber, where an elder criminal is waiting for him. Superman can't see the man and he is asked to touch Golden Glove's face. By doing this, Superman recognizes the man as Bruce Wayne and at that moment, Robin breaks inside and attacks the elder criminal, who is none other than the Automator. Superman attacks Bruce to prevent him from turning against them and Robin manages to defeat the Automator. The criminal finally reveals that he did not murder Batman years prior, but he transported him to his hideout. Then, he brainwashed Bruce and used a special serum that prevented him from aging in order to turn him into the perfect criminal.
After Robin has placed the criminal behind bars, he finds himself with the titanic task of helping Batman recover his lost memory and train him to become Batman again, while also helping Superman train to become a great blind hero.
Appearing in Superman and Batman: "Robin's Revenge!"
- Superman (Single appearance)
- Robin/Rick Danner (Single appearance)
- Batman/Golden Gloves (Single appearance)
- Automator (Single appearance)
- The Bolton Boys (Single appearance)
- Jimmy Olsen (Single appearance)(Cameo)
- Perry White (Single appearance)(Cameo)
- Batgirl (Single appearance)(Cameo)
- Commissioner Gordon (Single appearance)(Cameo)
- Green Lantern (Single appearance)(Cameo)
- Flash (Single appearance)(Cameo)
- Green Arrow (Single appearance)(Cameo)
- Aquaman (Single appearance)(Cameo)
- Hawkman (Single appearance)(Cameo)
- Earth-184 (Single appearance)
- Golden gloves (Single appearance)
Synopsis for Martian Manhunter: "John Jones' Farewell to Earth"
This story is reprinted from Detective Comics #267.
J'onn J'onzz encounters a squad of Jovian police in search of a criminal from their world who is hiding on Earth, and strikes a deal with them to catch the crook if they will take him back to Mars.
Appearing in Martian Manhunter: "John Jones' Farewell to Earth"
- S'Vor (Single appearance)
- Jovian Security Officers (Single appearance)
- Jovian Flying Saucer
- "Robin's Revenge!" was reprinted in The Strange Deaths of Batman.
- Robin's Revenge! was originally published as an imaginary story, a story outside of regular continuity. In Crisis on Infinite Earths: The Compendium, it was retconned as having happened on another Earth, (Earth-184).
- This is the first issue of World's Finest in which Batman is not featured in the cover art.