DC | Back To Batman | October 1948 | Volume 1 | USA | 8 Owned
1st Appearance of the Mad Hatter and 1st Appearance of Vicky Vale

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October 1948
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  • * 1st Appearance of "VICTORIA VALE" (Vicki Vale) * 1st APPEARANCE of "MAD HATTER" (Jervis Tetch)
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 * The PRISON Doctor! * The SCOOP Of The Century! * BATMAN'S Arabian Nights! 

* Story 2 "The Scoop of the Century" 1st Appearance "VICTORIA VALE" (Vicki Vale) and "MAD HATTER" (Jervis Tetch)

* The doctor at the Gotham State Penitentiary confesses his crime when he helped some criminals break out of jail. When the criminals double-crossed the doctor, Batman and Robin started working on the case and captured the thugs, clearing the doctor's name.

* At a yacht club, Bruce Wayne meets the intrepid photojournalist, Vicki Vale, who is there to take some pictures of him. At that moment, a criminal who calls himself the Mad Hatter, breaks into the club and steals some very valuable objects. After a quick change of costume, Batman tries to stop the Hatter and his henchmen, but he cuts his chin during a fight with the criminals. In the meantime, Vicki Vale takes pictures of the encounter and as a reward, she is assigned to create a story about Batman and his crime-busting methods.

Vicki arranges a meeting with Commissioner Gordon to help him contact Batman. As Vicki explains Batman her assignment, they learn about a clue for The Mad Hatter's next crime at the local horse show. Vicki arranges a meeting with Bruce Wayne to have an excuse for going to the show and take some pictures of Batman. Vicki gets suspicious when she sees a cut on Bruce Wayne's chin, similar to that of Batman. When the Hatter strikes, Bruce disappears and Batman comes in the scene. Batman confronts the Mad Hatter in an amazing fight, but the criminal manages to escape. When the fight is over, Bruce reappears out of nowhere.

* At an auction, Bruce Wayne and his young ward, Dick Grayson purchase an Arabian rug bearing a very familiar visage; the Joker's. Curious as to how their modern day nemesis could be on an ancient rug, Batman and Robin have their friend Carter Nichols send them back in time, where they encounter the Crier; a dead look-a-like for the Joker who thinks of life as a tragedy, not a comedy.

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