Batman 125 – Bat-Hound tells a story, Robin gets bad news from the future, and Batman becomes king

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Batman gets crowned on the cover of issue 125 (Aug. 59).

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Finger, Moldoff and Paris give the story to Bat-Hound to relate, from a dog’s perspective. He joins up with Batman and Robin against King Midas and his gang, and we see what joy Ace take in this.

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Midas captures Batman and Robin, and we see that Batman has a communicator in his boot for the dog.  Bat-Hound obeys his orders, gets into costume, and then heads over to see Kathy Kane, calling her in as Batwoman to help.

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Bat-Hound get a lot of action in this one.  He figures out to knock over a tree in order to cross a ravine.

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And it’s even Bat-Hound that gets all the romance at the end.

Bat-Hound continues to appear, but this is the only story I recall that he narrates.

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Robin sees some bad news on a trip to the future in this Finger, Moldoff and Paris tale.

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Carter Nichols sends Batman and Robin on a trip to Renaissance Venice, but when he retrieves them, a bolt of lightning messes with the controls.  Batman returns, but Robin gets sent three days into the future.  He sees a newspaper announcing Batman’s death.

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Robin does everything he can to prevent Batman’s coming death, even falling into the hands of the villain.  But the only thing plunging to a death is a dummy of Batman.  A bad reporter sees this and runs off to submit his story.

This would be loosely re-written as a Brave and the Bold story, with Batman and Adam Strange, in the late 60s.

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Finger, Sprang and Moldoff send Batman and Robin to another dimension in this cover story, two whole panels into the story.

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Batman winds up competing in some athletic events on the strange world, and finds himself crowned their king at the end of the competition.

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It’s a fairly lame story.  Batman gets dethroned and imprisoned, and then freed thanks to Robin.

In the end, they come back to Earth, along with a human villain they caught, and forget the entire adventure.  It can work for us as well!

 

 

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