Batman: Illustrated by Neal Adams volume 1

Date: 1967-69 (original material), 2003 (collection)
Writer(s): Leo Dortman, Cary Bates, Bob Haney
Artists(s): Neal Adams, Carmine Infantino, Dick Giordano, Curt Swan, Joe Kubert
Collects: Batman 200, 203, 210; The Brave and the Bold 75-76, 79-85; Detective 370, 372, 385, 389, 391-392; World's Finest Comics 174-176, 178-180, 182-183, 185-186.
Storyline: The Superman - Batman Revenge Squad (WFC 175)
A group of smalltime crooks banded together in their hatred for Batman. They created costumes and called themselves the Batman Revenge Squad. They were soon located and joined by a similar group with hatred for Superman. The unified team planned to strike at a charity event where Superman and Batman set up contests for each other. The Revenge Squad tampered with the tests so their own nemesis would win.
Flash learned of the tampering and reported it to Superman and Batman. They found all the various "trophies" to be booby trapped. Using the frequencies of the radio waves from the remote-controlled devices, Superman found the Revenge Squad's hideout and busted them.

The Superman - Batman Split (WFC 176)
Clark Kent, thinking he was interviewing an actor, was outted as being Superman. The "actor" unmasked and revealed himself as an alien named Dur. He pleaded with Superman to help him - the leader of his world had been assassinated. He sought asylum, as he would be the successor.
Batman returned to the cave to also find an alien. This one declared that he was a law enforcement agent and was tracking a criminal. Knowing Superman would be an unbeatable foe, Batman asked Supergirl (Linda Danvers) for help. Batman's alien said he must speak with others and would catch up with them later.
Supergirl and Batman were thwarted by Superman, who took Dur and hid him. He then enlisted Batgirl to help him. Robin returned from his mission and contacted Jimmy Olsen. They learned the truth about the aliens and went to find their mentors. They were attacked by knock out gas.
In the end, the aliens were both being played by the actor Clark Kent was supposed to interview. His brother had learned their identities. He was killed in an explosion and the actor himself was injured - dying from radiation poisoning. Before he died, he told them he'd pulled his best acting job on Superman and Batman. Superman had known all along and was humoring the man so he would die happy.

The Track of the Hook (TB&TB 79)
Batman and Gordon checked out a crime scene where a man had been rubbed out by the mob. The press was quick to arrive - even before a witness stepped forward. The witness said the shooter had a hook in place of one of his hands.
Deadman, the spirit of Boston Brand, believed it to be his own killer. He possessed a man nearby and attempted to get Batman to take the case. As Batman was leaving, Deadman (still an unknown to Batman) possessed him and saved him from a drive-by shooting. Alfred picked him up and took him to Wayne Manor (with Deadman still inside). From Wayne's body, Brand recorded a message telling his story. He drifted out of Batman as the message began its playback.
Bruce Wayne attended a dinner that night at a place owned by a major reformist, Carleton Kaine (who owned much of Gotham City's news outlets). Wayne had Deadman scout the records while they ate. He came up with some leads which they checked that night.
Monk Manville, who Brand suspected as his killer, was actually Max Chill - brother of Joe Chill, the man Batman believed killed his parents. Batman checked up on the man who'd been killed, and Chill appeared. Deadman realized he was not his killer - the man who killed Boston Brand had a hook on his left hand. During the struggle, Chill fell into a pile of slot machines and was crushed. He admitted to Marsh's murder - "the King" had set him up to do it to double-cross the Syndicate (mob).
Going off a clue from the dying man's last words, Batman outted Carleton Kaine as "the King."
Though Batman failed to find Brand's killer, Deadman thanked him and went on his way.

And Hellgrammite is his Name (TB&TB 80)
Sensationalist reporter Jack Ryder almost cost Batman his life. After the perpetrator he was after was captured, Batman spoke with Ryder. The reporter told him to watch his show that night. On it, he did a story on Hellgrammite - "the most dangerous criminal alive."
Later, Batman encountered the Creeper (secretly Jack Ryder), who was also after Hellgrammite. They found the creature on it's way back to it's nest to revitalize itself. Hellgrammite escaped. Commissioner Gordon asked Batman to watch (and possibly save) a mob boss. Batman, en route to aiding Dalko, once again encountered Hellgrammite and the Creeper (also a wanted man). With help from police interference, Hellgrammite again escaped. Creeper was captured. Batman freed him as Hellgrammite abducted his third gang lord.
Batman and Creeper found and freed the bosses, who were in cocoons - Hellgrammite was planning to turn them into creatures like himself. With the use of electricity and fire retardant, they took down Hellgrammite. Creeper escaped.

But Bork Can Hurt You (TB&TB 81)
While police scientist Barry Allen visited GCPD, a man named Carl Bork developed invulnerability. Batman went to investigate. He attempted to apprehend the man, but realized he truly was unstoppable. Bork had taken control of the waterfront rackets.
Flash set out to follow Bork's recent footsteps in order to find out how he'd gained his power. He soon learned that a statue of him had been carved on Desolation Island. Flash saved the statue from an erupting volcano.
Batman was able to get Bork into jail, but he bashed his way free. As time ran out on Bork's ultimatum (he was attempting to hold the city hostage), Flash found out that noting on earth could destroy the statue. He threw it into the sun, and Bork lost his power. Batman defeated him and the riots stopped.

The Sleepwalker from the Sea (TB&TB 82)
In the waterfront district, Batman witnessed a man in SCUBA gear shoot and kill another man. He latched onto a car which appeared to be working with the shooter. Batman was attacked from behind, knocked unconscious, and tossed into the water. When he awakened in Gordon's care, he said he'd been attacked by Aquaman. He raced off to a date Bruce Wayne had with a model named Alisa (after forgetting he also had a date with a girl named Honor).
Bruce soon learned he and his date were on opposite sides of the law. After giving her a check for a business venture, she tossed him off the ledge of a building. He followed her and realized she was somehow connected to the shooting earlier. After more watching, he realized she was a willing participant to a millionaire's plot. He attempted a citizen's arrest on them, but he was taken down again by Aquaman, who was in plain clothes and apparently under mind control.
Orm Marius (the millionaire) watched Wayne and Aquaman fight and fall into the sea. Believing they were both dead, he congratulated himself and left. Aquaman came clean to Batman - Orm was his amnesiac half-brother and greatest enemy - the Ocean Master. He'd joined his brother after accidentally killing a marine biologist who he thought was a poacher.
Batman had Aquaman drugged and hypnotized into believing the man he thought he'd killed had not died, and that his wife was not missing. After awakening, he suited up and went with Batman to take down Orm. Alisa was shot attempting to escape with Orm, but Batman got her to safety as Aquaman followed his brother into the depths.

Punish Not my Evil Son (TB&TB 83)
When one of Bruce Wayne's companies began to lose millions of gallons of oil, Batman and Robin investigated. Batman was following a suspicious looking character when he whisked up in a current of oil and loaded into a tanker. Robin fished him out of the river once he escaped. When they returned home, Alfred introduced them to Lance Bruner, Bruce's new ward. His father was good friends with Thomas Wayne, and he'd promised to take in Lance should anything happen to his parents. Bruce honored the deal. Dick, trying to be his friend, ended up taking the blame for some of the boy's screw-ups. When Bruce went to a board meeting, Robin went to the Teen Titans.
The Titans, in their civilian identities, attempted hanging out with Lance, but he was not into it. Instead, he faked his own kidnapping and scored $50,000 from Bruce. When he was returned safely, Bruce found out he was an escapee from reform school. Bruce agreed to give the boy one more chance. While he was out checking on Zenith Oil stuff (with the Teen Titans), Lance found the cave.
He sold Batman and Robin out to one of Zenith's board members (who was embezzling the oil). The Titans came in to help. When Robin was struck down, Lance swapped clothes with him and attempted to save Batman. He was shot dead in the process.
The oil case closed, Bruce held a funeral service for Lance.

The Angel, the Rock, and the Cowl (TB&TB 84)
Batman thought back on a WWII mission he took teaming with Sgt. Rock and Easy Co. When his friend Digby Palmer was killed, Bruce Wayne (in Europe working for the US Government's war efforts) took over his mission. He flew into France with Easy and blew up an attacking airplane with a grenade before parachuting out. As Rock and Co. were planting charges, Bruce found the Germans attempting to move nerve gas in wine bottles.
Bruce sucker-punched Rock and blew up a bridge as the Nazis moved across; the nerve gas was destroyed before they could use it as defense of D-Day.
Years later, Bruce bumped into Sgt. Rock again when one of the escaped Nazis tried to recover some of their lost treasure. Together, they took him down.

The Senator's Been Shot (TB&TB 85)
Newly elected Senator Paul Cathcart was shot during his acceptance speech. Batman tracked the van with the shooter, but was thrown off. The governor asked Bruce Wayne to take over the senator's term - they'd worked together on a new crime bill. Wayne agreed to think about it.
Oliver Queen mulled over his proposal for a new city to be built over a landfill. Donning his Green Arrow costume for the first time in ages, Queen stopped a bombing attempt on himself. A man named Miklos Minotaur was going up against both Queen's proposal and the Wayne / Cathcart anti-crime bill.
Edmond Cathcart told Wayne he must succeed his father, and Bruce came clean with him - he was Batman. Knowing Edmond was a psychiatrists, his secret was safe. Oliver Queen similarly told Edmond his secret identity. When Edmond was kidnapped by Minotaur's goons that night, Green Arrow and Batman took the case. Bruce Wayne decided to take the Senator appointment.
Batman and Green Arrow saved Edmond from his kidnappers, but Minotaur got away. Queen, in his civilian identity, captured Minotaur. Wayne's vote broke the deadlock and passed the anti-crime bill. With Cathcart recovering, Wayne resigned his temporary seat.
Edmond Cathcart erased his memories of the two heroes' identities through self-hypnosis.

includes covers for the following issues: Covers: Detective 370, 372, 385; The Brave and the Bold 75-76; Batman 200, 203, 210; Worlds Finest Comics 174, 178-180, 182-183, 185-186


notes

  • This is another item that is obviously pre-Crisis; Includes an introduction by Neal Adams.
  • tb&tb79: Batman's first encounter with Deadman.
  • tb&tb84: Bruce kills several during WWII action.
  • The Teen Titans in this collection are just that - the original cast, not the New Teen Titans.
  • Return to continuity section 2.