Issue #1, Batman (Spring 1940)
Part three of the four part Bat-stravaganza today!
Hey look! The rain is back! YAYZ.
I’m saving all my wit and humor for the snarking of today’s offering.
We open with a boat. On water. And evidence that Brooding!Brucie and Young!Dick can read:
Young!Dick wonders if there might be trouble:
But he quickly remembers the other reason he took Young!Dick under his wing (not that one. The other other reason…):
The next night, we see a familiar face in the crowd:
Sure enough, he eavesdrops on a boring introduction between Mrs. Travers, her nephew Denny, and his guest, Miss Peggs. Apparently, Peggs has a sprained ankle and Denny’s been nice enough to escort her around. Aww. Three cheers for chivalry! Not satisfied with what he’s been hearing, Maitre!D’ick turns to another source:
Sometime later in the night, when all the pumping has been finished, one assumes, Maitre!D’ick overhears an argument between Travers and her brother.
Turning away from the window he just peeped into, he spots Chivalrous!Denny, throwing a piece of paper over the railing:
It’s a letter!
The Cat apparently wants to steal the necklace, but before Maitre!D’ick can get over to the room in question, Travers comes rushing out, screaming about having been robbed. Apparently, someone knocked out the private detective guarding the necklace and absconded with it. Just then, the Coast Guard arrives:
The NON!CG demands the necklace after threatening to kill everyone aboard:
The crooks decide to do a little person-to-person search to get somethingfor their efforts:
Before Green!Baddie can take down Yellow!Tux, Maitre!D’ick hurtles through the air and knocks him down. He then proceeds to bitchslap anyone within reach before flinging himself overboard. Despite the gunman’s best efforts:
Meanwhile, the baddies realize that they’ve managed to score better than they would’ve if they just looked for the necklace, so they take off. Soon, though, they realize they’re being followed by another boat.
To their surprise, it’s Batsy! And to HIS surprise, Robin’s already taken care of the rest of the baddies. And then he has a little revelation:
Seems our hero has a message for the youth of today, er, back then:
As you can guess, the baddies take Batsy up on his proposition, and proceed to get their asses handed to them by Robin as a result.
Dying for a rematch, they offer a go to the ones that Robin tied up earlier…and the baddies politely decline, leading to a PERFECT Teachable Moment for our hero:
The pair speed back toward the boat, with Robin filling in Batsy on what he knows:
Robin seems to think it’s either Wallace, the gambling doctor, or Brother!Roger. Back on the boat, they’re making the best of a bad situation:
Lucky for Batman, the fact that it’s a masquerade party makes it easy for him to blend. Until:
Suddenly, the fire alarms go off! Everyone flees for the boats! Batman makes a startling realization!
The captain calls shenanigans! False alarm. There is no fire. Miss!Peggs realizes she’s been caught and makes a break for it:
Batman appears to do the honors:
First off, the wig. Revealing soot black hair beneath. Then…
A moment later:
In true Catwoman style, she makes Batsy work for it:
Jewel in hand, Batsy explains how he figured it all out (briefly: because of the note), but they are interrupted by a gun-toting Denny, demanding the necklace:
The!Cat quickly takes advantage of the situation:
Jewels returned, the pair speed off for the docks, The!Cat safely in tow. She wonders aloud just why, when suddenly:
Robin leaps to go after her:
I am officially IN the Catwoman fanclub right now, more than before, because OMG LOOK WHAT SHE MADE BATMAN DO!
~Go Team Batsy/Cat!