Batman 41 – the Penguin’s bird lover crimes, and Batman goes to Mars

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Batman and Robin face off against aliens for the first, but not the last, time in Batman 41 (June/July 1947).

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Finger and Mooney spin another Penguin tale that is fairly simple and basic, but looks good.

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The Penguin opens a bird store, and gives away free birds to prominent people, which makes Batman suspicious.  And, indeed, he has rigged the cages with explosives, and uses them for his crimes.

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Still, there are a number of fun action scenes.

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Gardner Fox joins Mooney for the cover story, which will see Batman and Robin head to Mars.

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An alien approaches Bruce Wayne on the street, revealing his own nature, and that he has come to Earth to bring Batman and Robin to his planet to stop a criminal, Sax Gola, who has proved beyond the aliens ability to stop.

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The story is played very straight, and the aliens and their world look far better than they would in later interplanetary outings. Not a bad story in and of itself, only a scary hint of what was to come.

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