"Superman and Batman: "The Case of the Mother Goose Mystery"": Superman, Batman and Robin are leaving the annual police ball in Gotham City one night when they spot a man in a Humpty Dumpty costume who is gasp
- I'm afraid to touch anything in this car now!
- -- Speedy
Appearing in Superman and Batman: "The Case of the Mother Goose Mystery"
- Foots Moley (Single appearance)
- Jones (Single appearance)
- Melville (Single appearance)
- McKenna Brothers
- McKenna Brothers' Nephew
Synopsis for Superman and Batman: "The Case of the Mother Goose Mystery"
Superman, Batman and Robin are leaving the annual police ball in Gotham City one night when they spot a man in a Humpty Dumpty costume who is gasping for air. The man in costume warns them of the danger of Mother Goose. After coming to the man's rescue, they find that they are near Dr. King's medical office and take the man there. When it seems like it has been too long to wait, the three crime fighters burst into the doctor's office to find everyone gone and a note tacked on the wall. The note is from some mystery person who is challenging the three great detectives to solve this nursery rhyme mystery and tells them their next clue is to investigate London's Bridge.
Recalling that there is a mock up of London Bridge at the nearby architect's exhibit, they arrive just to see what appears to be a man in peril as the bridge begins to break. However, they find that the man is just a human-shaped balloon and the bridge made out of balsa wood. More confused than ever, they find yet another clue telling them to investigate Hickory Dickery Dock.
At a dock made of hickory in Gotham holding up a clocktower they find a man who appears to be reaching for a gun. When Batman rushes him, he finds out that he wasn't trying to shoot them, but deliver them a note telling them that his name is Mousey, and he is to guide them up a clock tower. There, Batman, Superman and Robin find a mock up of Mother Goose. When they attempt to get the note pinned on her, a cage falls on them and Mousey makes a break for it. Superman finds that the cage is really made out of paper mache, and the note tells them to seek out the "cat and the fiddle".
Mousey returns to the office of Adventure Inc, a company that comes up with fantasies for people to play out and that this whole exercise is to come up with a useful script for the wealthy McKenna brothers and their nephew, whom are hoping to masquerade as Batman, Robin and Superman to see what it's like to live as the heroes. However, Mousey (really a thug named Jones) works for a crook named Moley and figures the next clue will be a big pay out. They go to the Cat and the Fiddle night club where they hope to rob its patrons of all their valuables while what he believes to be the McKenna brothers dressed up as the three super-heroes are trying to solve their next clue. Jones and Moley are in for a shock when they realize to their horror that they are dealing with the real Batman, Robin and Superman as Melville (Adventure Inc's owner) and his staff witness the display.
After the Dynamic Duo and the Man of Steel capture Moley and Jones, they are taken back to Meville's office where everything is explained to them. As the three heroes leave, Melville and his staff have finalized their script for the McKenna's, and it is based on the adventure that has just happened.
Appearing in Green Arrow: "The Error-Car"
- Unnamed thugs
- Professor Weldon Immelwimmer
- Arrow-car (Mentioned only)
Synopsis for Green Arrow: "The Error-Car"
Green Arrow and Speedy are given a new Arrowcar designed by a grateful scientist, whose many accessories prove to be a total botch during crime-fighting.
Appearing in Tomahawk: "The Tribe Without a Chief"
Synopsis for Tomahawk: "The Tribe Without a Chief"
- Synopsis not yet written.
- The Case of the Mother Goose Mystery is reprinted in World's Finest Comics Archives, Volume 1.
- The Case of the Mother Goose Mystery is an adaptation of the story arc "There Was a Crooked Man...", as serialized in the Batman Sunday newspaper strip from November 12 to December 31, 1944. Save for the basic premise and a few minor elements (Mr. Melville and Adventure Inc., the associate being named Mousey, and the ending scene), the story was almost entirely rewritten, with a corresponding change in the "crimes" being committed to include Superman's powers.
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