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Batman (1940) - #3
"The Strange Case of the Diabolical Puppet Master"
DC Comics


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  Writer(s):
Whitney Ellsworth
Bill Finger

Penciller(s):
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson

Inker(s):
Jerry Robinson
George Roussos - 'George Bell / T.S. Chu / Sam Kato'

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Editor(s):
Whitney Ellsworth

Cover Artist(s):
Bob Kane
Jerry Robinson
 

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Cover Date: Fall 1940
Cover Price: US $ 0.10

Issue Tagline: More Brand-New Whirlwind Adventures Of The Batman and Robin!

Format: Color; Standard Comic Issue; 53 pages

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Synopsis:
Batman and Robin battle a puppet master who hypnotizes his victims and makes them commit various crimes. / Batman and Robin must stop the ugly horde, led by the self proclaimed ugliest man in the world. / Batman and Robin infiltrate a crime school for boys and try to turn the youngsters lives around before it's too late. / Batman and Robin go up against murderers, jewel thieves and Cat-Woman.

Reprinted/Collected in:
The Batman Chronicles (2005) TPB vol. 02
Batman: The Dark Knight Archives (1992) HC vol. 01

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"The Strange Case of the Diabolical Puppet Master" - Edit this story

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Writer(s):
Bill Finger

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Bob Kane

Inker(s):
Jerry Robinson
George Roussos - 'George Bell / T.S. Chu / Sam Kato'

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George Roussos - 'George Bell / T.S. Chu / Sam Kato'

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Puppet Master (DC)(01 - Dmitri)
An image for Robin (DC)(Golden Age/Undefined Earth) exists Robin (DC)(Golden Age/Undefined Earth)

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During one of his nightly patrols, the Batman comes across famous scientist Dr. Craig being attacked by a group of men. During the altercation Dr. Craig is scratched and the thugs escape in their get-away vehicle. The next day, Bruce Wayne recognises the men from the night before and pursues them entering a puppet theatre, where, according to the doorman, the men operate the string puppets during the show. Batman has Robin stake out the dressing room and using one of his high-tech gadgets, listens on as the Puppet Master is briefed on the previous nights encounter.

That night, Batman rushes to Dr. Craig’s apartment in time to see him handing the plans to an atomic formula over to the Puppet Master’s thugs. After forcing the gang to flee, Batman takes the hypnotised Dr. Craig back to his lab where despite all efforts, the scientist remains in his catatonic state.

The following night, the Puppet Master plans on stealing the Voss Rifle from a moving train, with the help of a gang of mind-controlled individuals. Batman and Robin arrive via the Batplane in time to prevent the robbery, however during the resulting fight Batman is scratched with a needle containing the Puppet Master’s Thought Serum. Under the control of the Puppet Master, Batman breaks into Rob Martiers and steals a bag of jewels before heading to the Puppet Master’s home.

Unaware of Batman’s possessed state, Robin arrives at the Puppet Master’s home hoping to help Batman bring him down. When Batman hits Robin in his haste to get to the Puppet Master, Robin realises what has occurred and incapacitates Batman long enough to carry him back to Wayne Manor.

After being cured of his altered state, Batman and Robin return to the Puppet Master’s home where they trick him into believing Batman is still under his control. Following a brief fight, the Puppet Master is knocked out and Batman and Robin place him under arrest.

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George Roussos - 'George Bell / T.S. Chu / Sam Kato'

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George Roussos - 'George Bell / T.S. Chu / Sam Kato'

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During one of his nightly patrols, the Batman comes to the aid of a man who has been set upon by a gang of thugs. After a prolonged fight, the thugs escape in a car amid a hale of machinegun bullets, pinning Batman and his ally to the ground. Once they’ve recovered from their encounter, the man identifies himself as Detective McGonigle and attempts to arrest Batman. Batman escapes, and changes into his civilian guise as Bruce Wayne before going to meet a friend, Harvey Dodge. Bruce is introduced to another of Harvey’s friends, Larry Larrimore, and the three men have dinner. Later that evening Dodge’s body undergoes a bizarre transformation and Bruce quickly summons his doctor. The days roll on and more people succumb to this bizarre transformation, a gang of ugly men then begin destroying works or art or anything else that can be considered ‘beautiful’.

Several days later, Bruce Wayne sits in on a meeting between commissioner Gordon and Mc Gonigle where by the commissioner assigns Mc Gonigle to the case of the Ghastly Change. Elsewhere, Bruce Wayne discusses an expensive Boravian statue with Robin and the possibility that it’ll be attacked by the Ugly Hoarde that evening. At Pier 3, Batman and Robin arrive in time to stop the Ugly Hoarde from stealing the statue. As Batman and Robin attempt to hunt down the Hoarde, they hear a news report claiming that a Doctor Ekhart has developed an antidote for the Ghastly Change. Knowing that his life will now be at risk, Batman and Robin rush to Ekhart’s home to find the Ugly Hoarde already inside. Saving Ekhart’s life, Batman pursues the Hoarde to their secret headquarters where he’s rendered unconscious by one of the guards.

Batman awakes tied to a dungeon wall along with John and Mrs Tyler. The ugliest man in the world then reveals his secret identity to be that of Larry Larrimore. Larrimore then reveals that his real name is Carlson, and that for the past 15 years he has been developing the Ghastly Change serum as revenge on the world for a fraternity prank. Just as things seem to be at an end, Robin arrives and frees Batman from his restraints. Mc Gonigle managed to track Robin to Carlson’s hideout and arrives in time to shoot Carlson in the back, he then attempts to arrest Batman and Robin but the duo evade him and return to Wayne Manor.

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Writer(s):
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George Roussos - 'George Bell / T.S. Chu / Sam Kato'

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George Roussos - 'George Bell / T.S. Chu / Sam Kato'

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An image for Batman (DC)(00 - Golden Age/Undefined Earth) exists Batman (DC)(00 - Golden Age/Undefined Earth)
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While on patrol, Batman discovers some thugs breaking and entering, after a frantic battle across the rooftops of Gotham, Batman incapacitates all but one of the gang whom he discovers to be a boy. Letting the boy go, Batman follows him to an abandoned warehouse where he discovers the building to be a crime school for children. Tommy, the boy Batman let go, reports to Pockets about Big Boy Daniels’ mob. Bruce Wayne informs Dick Grayson of the situation, and asks him to go undercover at the school. In order to gain the boys trust, Bruce Wayne sets up a free gymnasium in the area and Robin recruits the other child-thugs to be members.

Big Boy Daniels recruits several of the kids from the Crime School to help out in jobs over the next couple of nights, all of which are thwarted by Batman’s appearance. Big Boy believes Pockets ratted out his plans to Batman and so executes him brutally in front of the other children, Batman then arrives to bring Big Boy to justice. When Batman comes under attack from Big Boy’s goons, Robin and the other children join forces to bring them down.

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Writer(s):
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George Roussos - 'George Bell / T.S. Chu / Sam Kato'

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George Roussos - 'George Bell / T.S. Chu / Sam Kato'

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An image for Catwoman (DC)(Golden Age/Undefined Earth) exists Catwoman (DC)(Golden Age/Undefined Earth)
James Gordon (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre Crisis)
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The Cat begins a crime-spree in Gotham, robbing from the rich on a nightly basis. Commissioner Gordon puts Mc Gonigle on the case following his success with the Ugly Hoarde the previous month. Batman informs Robin he’s going out after the Cat when he sees a man being stabbed by a gang of thugs. Momentarily dispatching them, the victim manages to mention the Diamond Syndicate before succumbing to his injuries. Bruce accompanies Commissioner Gordon when he goes to question Mr Darrel about the death of D. Clavert. Mr Blake and Mr Hoffer inform the commissioner of a shipment of rare jewels that they believe may be the target of this gang.

The following night at the jewellery show, The Cat makes her move and steals several of the precious gems. The Gang are waiting for her outside and kidnap her, speeding away in their car. The gang are pursued by Robin in his own racer as Batman attempts to escape the jewellery show without being noticed. Batman discovers that Darrel and Hoffer had planned for the Cat to steal the jewels and to cash in on the insurance money, Darrel didn’t however expect Hoffer to double-cross him. Batman and Robin arrive on the scene to prevent Hoffer from murdering Darrel and the Cat. Batman prepares to hand all three of them over to the police when the Cat kisses him and flees before he can recover from the shock. Batman then hands the stolen jewels over to Mc Gonigle who pledges to take down Batman the next time he sees him.

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This story is followed by the column 'The Batman Says'.

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