Batman 97 – the Joker’s announcements, and Bat-Hound returns

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Ace, the Bat-Hound makes his triumphant return in Batman 97 (Feb. 56).

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But first there’s yet another Joker story, this one by Finger, Moldoff and Paris.  The Joker decides to use public announcements before his crimes in this story.

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It’s not much of a concept, and not much of a story.  One of the kind that are making the Joker the least interesting Batman villain from the era.

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Bat-Hound’s return is far more fun, as Moldoff and Paris introduce Thief-Dog, his criminal counterpart.

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Once Batman and Robin realize that a trained dog is helping the thieves they are pursuing, they head over to John Wilker’s place to pick up Ace.

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Then they take Ace around, for Bat-Hound to check out the various suspect dogs, but get no closer to Thief-Dog.

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We discover that the dog trainer is being forced to work with the thieves, and he is relieved when Batman and Robin show up.

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Batman and Bat-Hound disguise themselves as the trainer and Thief-Dog, and take down the bad guys.  Ace gets returned to Wilkers, but we never get to see Thief-Dog again, which is a real shame.

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