Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Detective Comics #370

Detective Comics #370 (On Sale: October 31, 1967) features a cover with the odd combination of Carmine Infantino and Neal Adams, two styles that do not really mesh well, at least here.

"The Nemesis from Batman's Boyhood" is by an unknown writer, Sheldon Modloff and Joe Giella. Batman and Robin encounter the Blitzkrieg Bandit, a crook who stays in town for two days before moving on to another city. Batman nearly has the crook defeated, then sees his face. Suddenly, Batman is unable to finish off his foe, which allows the bandit to escape.

After the fight, Batman explains to Robin that the crook is Bart Lambert, a former school bully that often harassed Bruce as a young boy. As a result, Bruce has a mental block that causes him to freeze up when fighting the bandit. During their next fight, the mental block kicks in again, and Batman is knocked unconscious.

Robin follows the Blitzkrieg Bandit to his hideout. When Batman regains consciousness, he receives a radio message from Robin indicating that Lambert has shot the Boy Wonder.

The back-up story is "Case of the Colorless Cash" by Gardner Fox, Gil Kane and Sid Greene and stars the Elongated Man. After a series of armored car robberies, the Elongated Man hides in the back of one of the cars during transport. When a cycle gang tries to rob the truck, Ralph stops them. However, when the money is delivered, it has been replaced by colorless paper.

Puzzled, the Elongated Man returns home and finds that his wife Sue is in possession of a 20-dollar bill that has also lost all its color. Ralph returns to the bank and learns that the colorless paper was thrown away, but is now missing from the trash. Reprinted in Showcase Presents the Elongated Man Vol. 1 TPB.

Edited by Mort Weisinger.

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