prima storica testata italiana finalmente tutta dedicata al pipistrello nababbo self-made-man nonchè giustiziere fai-da-te: il personaggio era già conosciutissimo ai lettori italiani fin dall’ immediato dopoguerra con nomi alternativi, bizzarri e terrificanti come Ala d’Acciaio o Fantasma, e negli ultimi tempi aveva svolazzato (inizialmente sotto le consuete mentite spoglie, stavolta di Pipistrello) nei periodici a fumetti Mondadori facendo da spalla a Superman/Nembo Kid negli Albi del Falco e relativi spin-off
ALBO ORIGINALE DEL 1968, ARNOLDO MONDADORI EDITORE
il Bat-ritratto all’ interno : Antonio Costi di Villacidro CA
In appendice : FAN (parodia di Batman) di Pier Carpi e Ernesto Cattoni (2 strips)
CONDIZIONI : OTTIME
La pubblicazione delle
storie di Batman da parte di Mondadori non segue rigorosamente l’ ordine
cronologico, ma è in ordine sparso, abbastanza frammentata e a random,
in una confusione caotica e poco giustificabile pur con l’ attenuante
che all’ epoca le storie non erano caratterizzate da una continuity
referenziale e vincolante ; in questo numero
- Pete Maddox (dies)
- Barbara Gordon (Cameo)
Pete Maddox is almost ready to commit his most ambitious crime yet: The assassination of Batman
who is the guest of honor for a parade being held in his name. As he
sets up for his shot, he recalls back to how he got to this point:
Sometime ago, the poor and destitute Maddox was living in a
rundown flop house with no hot water and no heat. After a cold shower in
the middle of winter the freezing cold Maddox goes to sleep and has a
dreams the result of a horse race, which to his surprise comes true the
next day. Unable to pay the rent the next day, Maddox is thrown out onto
the street where he has to spend a cold winter night sleeping on a park
bench. He has another dream where Batman stops a crook from robbing a
candy store, and how Batman fails to turn up the stolen loot which was
hidden in a nearby trashcan.
Waking up, he decides to see if this even was also another
premonition, and to his surprise he finds the money right where he
dreamed it would be. Deciding that he is onto something, Maddox attempts
to use the dreams for his own financial gain and reads up all he can
about Oneiromancy at the Gotham Library. However, when he bet on a
baseball game, he would lose, making Maddox realize that the catalyst
that caused him to have his prophetic dreams was the cold.
Soaking in an ice cold bathtub, he learns how to pull off the
perfect crime at the Gotham Diamond Exchange and escape before Batman
show up. Gathering a group of crooks, they go to rob the diamond
exchange, and are foiled by the arrival of Batman and Robin. Pete
manages to escape without being seen by the Dynamic Duo, Maddox realizes
that he had not foreseen Batman and Robin’s involvement and realizes
that things go wrong when he speaks aloud what he has dreamed about.
After spending the night sleeping on a block of ice, Maddox has
his dream about assassinating Batman, which brings him to the present.
Before he can pull the trigger, the crooks who were captured in the
diamond heist catch up with him and shoot wound him with a bullet. When
Maddox blurts out that he was trying to kill Batman, the Caped Crusader
storms onto the scene and beast up the crooks and saves Maddox’s life.
Unaware of what Maddox’s intentions were, Batman lets his attempted
assassin go. Maddox then decides to try and dream up a new assassination
plot against Batman. A few days later, Dick Grayson shows Bruce Wayne a
strange newspaper story about Maddox, telling how he met a tragic death
when he paid a butcher $100 to sleep in a meat cooler and froze to
- Justice League of America
- Justice Society of America
- Solomon Grundy
- A Gang of Fur Hijackers
- A Gang of Armored Car Robbers
- A Gang of Bank Robbers
- A Gang of Jewel Thieves
- Enrichetta Negrini
- An Unnamed Scientist
- A Groom
- A Bride
- A Golfer
- A Boxer
- Other inhabitants of Earth-1 and Earth-2
- Inter-Dimensional Space
- Sandman’s Gas Gun
- Hawkman’s Mace
- Dr. Mid-Nite’s Cyrotuber
- Batman’s Utility Belt
- Black Canary’s Paralysis Powder
- Armored Truck
- Delivery Truck
Some strange force has caused people on both Earth-One and Earth-Two to suddenly switch worlds. While Dr. Mid-Night and Black Canary are transported to Earth-One, Batman finds himself transported to Earth-Two. To make matters worse, the Spectre is drawn to the Anti-Matter Man, the being responsible, and Solomon Grundy is freed from his mystical prison and transported to Earth-One, while Blockbuster breaks free of the Alfred Foundation and finds himself transported to Earth-Two.
While Green Lantern, Hawkman, Flash, Dr. Mid-Night, Dr. Mid-Night and Black Canary gather at JLA headquarters, Ray Palmer cannot change into the Atom to join them because he is in the middle of a research project with a colleague. While the JLA/JSA members on Earth-One battle the threat of Solomon Grundy, Batman meets up with Dr. Fate, Sandman and Wildcat on Earth-Two where they pit their might against Blockbuster.
While on Earth-One the heroes manage to trap Solomon Grundy beneath the Earth, the heroes on Earth-Two manage to defuse Blockbuster’s rampage when Batman removes his mask — as Blockbuster associates Bruce Wayne as a friend. While the Spectre faces the Anti-Matter Master alone, and learns that this creature is the cause of all the disorder on both Earth’s, and that it’s continued approach will cause the worlds destruction. Defeated in combat by the Anti-Matter Master, all the Spectre can do is use all his mystic power to keep the two Earth’s separated.
“The River Rogues” / I PIRATI DEL FIUME
- Baird Hawes
- Carter Nichols (Cameo)
- Captain John Gordon
Commissioner Gordon is disgraced in the papers when it is published that his great-grandfather was responsible for a series of river robberies. Batman and Robin ask their friend Carter Nichols‘ to send them back in time using his hypnotic time machine to investigate the claims. The Dynamic Duo ultimately learn that Gordon’s ancestor was actually framed and they clear his name.
- This is the last Batman issue published prior to the incorporation of the Comics Code Authority.