Batman 239 – the guy who attacked Santa Claus, and Robin gets a vision of Terri

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A nice Adams Christmas cover, although its connection to the story in Batman 239 (Feb. 72) is pretty loose.

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The story, by O’Neil, Novick and Giordano begins as Batman comes to the aid of a streetcorner Santa Claus who gets mugged and robbed.  Batman gets on the track of the thief, who is raising an ailing girl, and works for a miser.  The story bears clear inspiration from A Christmas Carol.

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While the 70s did a lot to return Batman to the Dark Knight image, it was never hard for people to knock him out from behind.  It’s the one thing that seems so strange in these tales now.

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Batman tracks the thief to the miser’s home, and thinks that he has attacked the old man, but in fact he has been touched by compassion, and is bringing the dying old man to a hospital.

God bless us, everyone.

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Friedrich, Rich Buckler and Giordano have Robin escorting Dick’s college friends, who clearly need better glasses than they are wearing, through Bleeker Street, the more Bohemian part of Gotham, in this story.

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The story deals with some really pushy Christians, who team up on people and beat the crap out of them if they won’t join in.  But the whole thing is played more like cultists than like rednecks.

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Robin checks the group out, and finds something strangely supernatural going on.  He get a vision of Terri Bergstrom, and through that, of a boy being beaten by his father.

The story continues in the next issue.

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