Friday, September 5, 2008

Batman #206

Batman #206 (On Sale: September 5, 1968) has a very dramatic cover by Irv Novick

"Batman Walks the Last Mile" is by Frank Robbins, Irv Novick and Joe Giella. Batman and Robin investigate a crime scene and utilize the clues they find to capture a trio of crooks. Their crime was set up by a crook known as the Planner, who decides to get revenge on the Dynamic Duo.

Posing as detective E.G. Never, the Planner interrupts a charity event claiming that he is the "brains" behind Batman's detective ability. He then challenges Batman to a duel of wits. When the next crime is committed, Never is able to identify the crook because he set up the crime. Next he has a crook plant a phony clue to lead Batman astray.

Batman is humiliated by his defeats. However, he deduces that Never was behind the crimes. The Cat-Crook, one of the Planner's hirelings, also realizes that he was set up.

Edited by Julius Schwartz.

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