Batman 352 – Colonel Blimp’s blimps

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Gerry Conway, Paul Kupperberg, Don Newton and John Calnan begin a two-part story in Batman 352 (Oct. 82) which is also based on a very early Batman story, with a destructive master of zeppelins.

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Colonel Blimp may not be the most impressive villain on his own, but both chapters of this tale feature some astounding art, with the zeppelin able to suck a submarine right out of the water and take it captive.

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The Human Target has a very small role, concluding his involvement impersonating Bruce Wayne, after serving as a decoy for Deadshot in the previous issue.  He bids farewell to Bruce, Dick and Alfred, who have done a good enough job covering Bruce’s secret that Christopher Chance is left thinking that Bruce is barely worthy of having his life saved.

The Human Target next appears toward the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths.

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Jason Bard and former Commissioner Gordon have a scene as they track down the man who took the faked Batman photos given to Arthur Reeves, while Vicki Vale confronts her editor about stealing her real ones.  The editor, having been threatened by Boss Thorne, kills himself.

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There is more blimp action at the climax of the issue, as Batman boards the ship piloted by Colonel Blimp, setting up the second half of this tale, in the next issue of Detective Comics.

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