Batman 35 – Catwoman’s nine lives, Dinosaur Island, and Dick Grayson writes a comic book

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Dick is a little over-controlling on the cover of Batman 35 (June/July 1946).

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Catwoman is back after a couple of years, in a story by Finger, Kane and Burnley.  The tale opens with her escaping from prison, and she is shown as a blonde in this story.  That would sort of imply that she had been dyeing her hair black in previous tales, but of course was unable to do so while incarcerated.

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In this story, Catwoman dons the earliest version of her classic costume.  She convinces her gang that she has nine lives, but it’s clear to the reader that she is faking this.

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Even so, as the story progresses, she does survive a number of deadly situations, basically through sheer luck and nerve, but it does make Batman and Robin think that this might be true.

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Batman and Robin trail Catwoman back to her lair, which is referred to in the story as a catacombs, but which is really a large maze.  They do find their way out, and catch up to Catwoman, who appears to fall to her death at the end of the tale, but will be early in the next year.

This story was very loosely adapted on the 60s tv series.

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The mechanical dinosaur, which would take up permanent residence in the Batcave shortly after this story, is introduced in a tale by Finger, Kane and Burnley.

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An entrepreneur creates Dinosaur Island as an amusement park. But this is no Jurassic Park, the dinosaurs and cavemen are all robotic. To build publicity, he arranges to have Batman and Robin come to the park and fight the prehistoric robots.

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But one of his backers takes advantage of this situation, taking control of the dinosaurs and trying to use them to kill Batman. He wanted Batman out of the way, so that he could form a criminal empire.  Robin gets an impressive scene, becoming a human pterodactyl bomber to free Batman.

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The cover story is also the final story in the issue.  The art is by Kane and Burnley.  Despite the title, the story really does not focus on Dick Grayson writing his story.

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It does open with Dick, as he complains about the poor writing in comic books.  Bruce takes him to see the editor of Crescent Comics, who suggests Dick write a story himself.  He agrees, but finds this far more difficult than he envisioned.

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But the bulk of the story deals with an ex-con trying to prove to the police that he, and others, can reform.  He leads a group of former inmates as security guards, but many of them turn against him.  He stays on the straight and narrow, and aids Batman in rounding up the recidivists.  Dick finally realizes that he should write about what just happened.

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