"Superman & Batman: "Three Billion Targets"": Investigating the deaths of three mobsters, Superman and Batman come across a plot to murder everyone on Earth. The criminal mastermind behind it all is a time traveller by the name of Robespierre Tw


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Black Canary

World's Finest #244 is an issue of the series World's Finest (Volume 1) with a cover date of May, 1977. It was published on January 13, 1977.

Appearing in Superman & Batman: "Three Billion Targets"

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  • Robspierre Two (First appearance)

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  • Gwendolyn
  • Johnny Brio (Only appearance; dies)
  • Maxie Dugan (Only appearance; dies)
  • Michael Staziak (Only appearance; dies)

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Synopsis for Superman & Batman: "Three Billion Targets"

Investigating the deaths of three mobsters, Superman and Batman come across a plot to murder everyone on Earth. The criminal mastermind behind it all is a time traveller by the name of Robespierre Two, who wants to prevent a cataclysmic future by destroying mankind in the late 70s. Knowing that Earth is protected by Superman and Batman, the criminal comes up with a plan to frame Superman for the murder of the three gangsters and he distracts Batman with affairs from Wayne Enterprises.

Eventually, the heroes realize of the criminal's plan and they follow him to his secret headquarters, where he has built a secret machine that will help him eliminate the human race. Combining ther efforts, Batman and Superman are able to foil the criminal's plan, destroy the machine and return the man to the future, which had already been altered because of his interference in the past.

Appearing in Black Canary: "Rainbows of Doom"

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  • Black Canary II (also disguised as a new entrant into the vertical bars competition)

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Synopsis for Black Canary: "Rainbows of Doom"

When pole-vaulter George Taylor III's vaulting pole snaps, Black Canary saves him and questions the attendant who was paid to saw through the pole. But the attendant is killed by an arrow that throws a rainbow of colors before he can reveal who employed him. When Dinah brings the arrow to Oliver Queen, he deduces the murder as the work of the Rainbow Archer. In turn, the Rainbow Archer is being employed by the mysterious villain Slingshot to strike at Daily Star editor George Taylor, Jr. through his son, in revenge for backing a political candidate Slingshot wanted defeated. In disguise, Black Canary staves off another murder attempt on young Taylor and brings down the Rainbow Archer. But Slingshot knocks her down with a metal ball thrown at her forehead, and Oliver Queen switches to his Green Arrow identity and seeks vengeance.

Appearing in Green Arrow: "Slings & Arrows"

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Synopsis for Green Arrow: "Slings & Arrows"

Green Arrow pursues Slingshot, who can use either hand or both to launch metal balls gimmicked with acid and other devices. Slingshot is trying to cause the political defeat of judge Whitney Spencer, who once sentenced him to life imprisonment. The pursuit takes both men into the courtroom where Slingshot received the sentence, and where Oliver Queen once learned that he had become bankrupt. Green Arrow defeats Slingshot, but the villain escapes.

Appearing in Vigilante: "Explosion in a Small Town"

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  • Tom Blaine (Single appearance)

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  • Mr. Piper (Only appearance; dies)

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  • Jeremy Dare (Single appearance)

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  • Clearwater

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Synopsis for Vigilante: "Explosion in a Small Town"

The Vigilante investigates an explosion in a small town through which he is passing and discovers the dirty aftermath of a sheriff's election.

Appearing in Wonder Woman: "Jeopardy -- Times Two"

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  • Ludwig von Schmeer (Single appearance)
    • Emil (Single appearance)

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  • Suzy
  • Pierre LaFarge (Single appearance)

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Synopsis for Wonder Woman: "Jeopardy -- Times Two"

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Notes

  • Cover art: Adams pencils, inks and colours credit from World's Finest #249.

Trivia

  • In "Rainbows of Doom," Black Canary tries to disguise herself as a new entrant into the vertical bars competition by wearing a brunette wig over her blonde Black Canary wig, a red shirt in lieu of her usual leather jacket, and athletic slippers, in order to catch the Rainbow Archer. Canary comments on the impractical difficulty of wearing two wigs over one another and managing to keep them both convincingly in place during the competition, but it defies all explanation how Canary was concealing her knee-high boots under the ankle-high slippers of her disguise once she discards the latter.
  • In "Explosion In a Small Town," the Vigilante technically fails to exonerate the sheriff of the town, since the actual perpetrator of the bombing run commits suicide in the last explosion. With the real criminal dead, it would also have logically become considerably more difficult to establish the sheriff's innocence, since there would be nothing to go upon but Vigilante's word and possible circumstantial evidence that the former sheriff of the town was the true bomber. However, because the villain is dead by the story's end and the bombing spree has ended, it is treated as a victory by the writer.
  • In "Jeopardy-- Times Two," Wonder Woman defeats the Nazi saboteurs by tossing them into the Lincoln Memorial, apparently unconcerned of potential structural damages that this act could have caused.



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