Batman 68 – Alfred gets fired, and the second Two-Face debuts

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Paul Sloan gets introduced on the cover of Batman 68 (Dec/Jan 51/52).

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Alfred gets fired for no discernible reason in a story by Finger, Schwartz and Paris.

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Alfred is mystified, and thinks about all the ways he has been an aid to Batman and Robin.  So this story actually plays out along the lines of a weapon story.  We see the many ways Alfred helps them.

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And we see flashbacks to stories in which Alfred played a significant role, some real and some written just for this tale.

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The Alfred gets kidnapped by goons who suspect that Bruce Wayne is Batman.  They tie him to a lie detector, and ask him if he is Batman’s butler.

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But because he has been fired, he can honestly say no.  And that was Batman’s plan all along.  Alfred gets re-hired, and only then does Batman actually explain why he did this.

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Harvey Dent gets a cameo, but this Two-Face story, by Finger, Schwartz and Paris, gives a completely different person that identity.

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Paul Sloan is an actor hired to play Harvey Dent in a movie about Two-Face.  The prop acid gets replaced by real acid, and Sloan gets scarred the same way Two-Face did.

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Sloan’s mind snaps, and he becomes Two-Face.

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He looks and acts exactly the way Dent did, so this feels like a genuine Two-Face story.  Harvey appears on tv, making an appeal to Sloan to turn himself in, and get surgery to repair his face.

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In the end, Batman has to trick him into doing this, by replacing his coin with one that will only land on end.

Harvey Dent is back in a couple of years, but Paul Sloan is not seen again until the 80s.

 

 

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