An enjoyable Joker cover on Batman 163 (May 1964).
Finger, Chic Stone and Paris have Alfred write one final tale of the second Batman/Robin team in this issue.
Betty Kane is the central character in this story, now grown up, but still coming to see her aunt Kathy. The sparks are flying between her and Dick Grayson once again.
Batman goes into action against a gang that has a giant flying hand. Betty adopts the identity of Batwoman II in order to help him, and is there when his mask falls off. She sees that he is Bruce Wayne, and realizes that Dick must have been the original Robin.
The second Batman and Robin team then go into action, with Batman and the new Batwoman, and catch the bad guys.
The story ends with Betty and Dick now a couple, a happy ending to their storyline.
This is the final story of the second Batman/Robin team, and their final appearance, aside from a cameo in Hypertime in The Kingdom.
Finger, Moldoff and Paris also spin a good Joker story in this issue.
The Joker uses a giant vacuum in his latest crime spree, and sucks up Robin along with his loot. Batman follows, but falls into a trap, with the giant Joker plants from the splash page.
The best part of the story is the trial that the Joker holds, with duplicates in every single position in the court. It’s almost Kafka-esque.