Year Twenty-One

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–Batman #126, Part 1
January 1959. Alaska has just become the 49th US state! Alaskan mining tycoon Chalmers was set to gift the Alaskan government a diamond studded American flag, but the forty-nine priceless diamonds get lifted by the notorious Brady Brothers, prompting him to call Batman for help. Batman and Robin fly to Alaska where they take down each Brady Bro, fight a kodiak bear, meet some Eskimos. After recovering forty-eight star diamonds from the Brady Bros, Batman gets the final star diamond from the guard who was originally mugged by the Bradys.

–REFERENCE: In Batman #121, Part 3. Batman invents the one-man Whirly-Bat copters. The Whirly-Bat first appeared in Detective Comics #257. However, since ‘tec #257 is only canon on Earth-1, Part 3 of Batman #121 becomes the first official reference to the Whirly-Bat in the Golden Age.

–Batman #121, Part 3
When ice-themed newcomer Mr. Zero—who can only survive in freezing temperatures or with the assistance of a special helmeted costume—robs a jewelry store, Batman and Robin are immediately summoned via Batsignal to nab him. Mr. Zero uses his patented freeze gun to escape. The next day, Batman and Robin chase Mr. Zero to his mountain hideout only to get frozen in blocks of ice. Batman is able to tip his block ever so slightly that it moves in front of a steam pipe, thawing he and Robin out. Hot steam fills the cavernous hideout of Mr. Zero, both curing him of his icy affliction and causing his downfall as well.

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–Batman #122, Part 1
Batman and Robin are called-in to end the crime-spree of a bunch of submarine pirates led by the notorious Blackjack. After chasing them into the middle of the Atlantic, an intense and seemingly supernatural electric storm lights up the night sky, forcing Batman to perform and emergency water landing in the Batplane. Batman and Robin float towards a mysterious uncharted swampy landmass filled with lost ships from all eras of time. Our heroes have wound up in the fabled Sargasso Sea! Through the fog of the sea, Batman and Robin are greeted by an ancient buccaneer, viking, and Roman seaman. The trio explains the magick nature of the Sargasso—they have been there for hundreds of years, never aging, nor wanting for food, and unable to leave yet having no desire to do so. Suddenly, Blackjack, also having had his submarine sucked into the Sargasso, appears and captures Batman and Robin. Before long, the sailors of the Sargasso free the Dynamic Duo and begin a war against Blackjack and his submarine crew. After Blackjack’s defeat, Batman repairs the Batplane and builds a makeshift runway. Thankfully, sky is apparently the only route to escape the Sargasso Sea and Batman and Robin head home.

–Batman #122, Part 2
A new playing card-themed super-villain named Hijack has been hijacking Cross-Country Trucking Company shipments for weeks. Commissioner Gordon calls in Batman and Robin to put a stop to the costumed villain. After trailing a platinum shipment the next night via Batplane, sure enough, Hijack strikes. The platinum is saved, but Hijack escapes. Later in the same night, Hijack has his men perform a decoy robbery. The decoy distracts Batman and Robin, allowing Hijack to steal the platinum. Later, Batman deduces that Hijack is recently paroled criminal Jack Spade. Batman further deduces that Spade, being deaf, must be using binoculars to lip-read shipment details as the president of Cross-Country talks about them. With this in mind, Batman meets with the president of the company and they discuss a fake plan to set-up Spade. The next night, Hijack thinks he’s got the jump on Batman, but Batman is one step ahead. Before he knows what has happened, Hijack is behind bars.

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–Detective Comics #264
Benevolent millionaire Charles Barden has recently purchased Pete Conn’s struggling beachfront carnival and rebuilt it as Playland Isle, an amusement part that will have free admission for kids! With Playland set to open in a few days, Batman, Robin, Conn, Barden’s family, and a businessman named Carter are Barden’s personal guests to explore the new park. However, when Barden winds up murdered, Batman puts playtime at the back of his mind and goes into sleuth mode. After being attacked by a masked man in a pirate costume, Batman questions everyone on the island. And in typical Agatha Christie fashion, everyone had a motive to want Barden dead. After another encounter with the masked man, Batman suspects Conn. After Batman shakes down Conn, Conn reveals that he and Barden had found a diamond necklace in the park and were keeping it a secret when Barden was killed. Before Conn can reveal the hidden location of the jewelry he drops dead of a heart attack! After getting captured by the masked man and escaping, the Dynamic Duo quickly exposes Carter as the leader of a gang of robbers that had been terrorizing Gotham as of late. Carter had stolen and hidden the jewels in Conn’s old carnival and gained entry to the new Playland in order to get the jewels back. Carter then murdered Barden.

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–REFERENCE: In Batman #123, Part 3. Batman is called in to tackle the latest incarnation of the Red Mask Gang (now going by “the Red Mask Mob”). The Dark Knight Detective believes Nifty Blake is the new leader of the gang, but there isn’t enough evidence to prove it, so Blake walks. Tangentially, John Wilker departs for Europe and leaves Ace the Bat-Hound with Bruce and Dick.

–Batman #123, Part 3
A few days have passed since Nifty Blake walked free. Batman, Robin, and the GCPD come up with an insane plan to entrap Blake. Commissioner Gordon leaks info and a photo to the press about a wanted fugitive named Frank Tyler on the loose in Gotham. Tyler is a real person, but his criminal record and recent actions have been invented by Batman and Gordon. A day later, Gordon alerts the public that Batman himself has committed a horrific crime and evaded a police dragnet. Of course, none of this is true. Robin (with Ace the Bat-Hound) then chases after Batman very publicly, putting on a dazzling show across Gotham to make the Red Mask Gang think that Batman really is a crook now. (Robin makes mention to the press that Batman uses abandoned buildings as secret crime labs sometimes. This has never been the case, so this dialogue must be part of the elaborate ruse). Batman is soon granted an audience with Blake. During their meeting, Batman unmasks but displays a Tyler false face underneath to make Blake think that Batman and Tyler are one and the same. Blake then takes Batman to the real Red Mask Gang boss, Lucky Lane. With everyone exposed, Batman ka-pows them all and brings them into police HQ. There, the crooks are booked and the press is told about all that went down. Afterward, John Wilker presumably returns from Europe and collects Ace.

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–Detective Comics #266
When a “UFO” steals some electronic guidance equipment from a warehouse, Batman and Robin are called in on the case. Batman and Robin go on “special patrol” to scour the city limits for the mysterious flying orb. At the airport, Batman and Robin take their Whirly-Bats into action against the low flying satellite, which spews out napalm while gangsters commit another robbery. The drone flies off but Batman nabs the baddies. After Batman and the police deal with the drone again, which zaps an electric current into the ground creating a fracking-esque fissure, Batman is able to lower onto it from the Batplane and go inside its metal shell. The Caped Crusader rides the drone to its final destination, the lair of its creator, super-science villain Astro. Batman rigs the drone’s cameras to broadcast on a commercial frequency before popping out to confront Astro and his men. Within minutes, Robin and the cops show up, having seen the TV broadcast, and bust Astro.

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–Batman #124, Part 2
Signalman escapes from Gotham Prison and challenges Batman with a series of new crime clues. Batman and Robin fight Signalman aboard a steamboat playhouse and on a Robin Hood movie set. The next day, at a police exhibition, Signalman disguises himself as a reporter and scopes out the dozens of honorary badges that have been awarded to Batman (given to the GCPD in Batman’s name). Signalman tries to steal the badges, but gets knocked out by Batman, who hangs him out to dry on giant Scales of Justice.

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–Detective Comics #125, Part 2
In one of the most charming Bill Finger tales of the late 50s, Batman and Robin travel via the Carter Nichols method to 1642 Venice, Italy. There, they complete their mission to save the reputation of the Gotham Art Museum’s John Kirk, who has been falsely accused of forging a painting by Verillo. When lightning strikes Nichols’ time equipment, Batman is brought back to the present, but Robin is accidentally brought back to three days in the future. There, Robin spots a news headline that says Batman has been killed in Bay City by super-villain El Bolo. Before Robin can investigate more, he is sucked back to the present, three days earlier. Not wanting to spook Batman, Robin keeps the information to himself, but begs Batman to go on a vacation for three days. Just then, Commissioner Gordon summons them about the debut of El Bolo. El Bolo bests Batman in Gotham, prompting the Dark Knight to chase him to Bay City. The next night, El Bolo beats Batman again. The day after that, Robin confronts El Bolo on his own, trying to alter fate. Batman swings in, saves Robin, and busts El Bolo. Turns out, an overzealous news reporter saw the fight and sent in a bogus cable that Batman had been killed, which spawned the newspaper article that Robin saw.

–Batman #125, Part 3
Batman and Robin chase wanted gangster Gurney into an underground cave where all three get sucked into a “time warp” that shoots them to Plaxius, a distant planet that exists in another dimension. There, Batman winds up entering a global athletic contest against the vile strongman Rakk. Once Rakk is defeated, Batman unmasks—a mistake since Gurney learns his secret ID—and is shocked to learn that the champion of the contest becomes the King of the Planet! But an angry Rakk reminds his people that aliens cannot be king and must also be imprisoned. Batman is immediately dethroned and put in the slammer with Robin. Ray gun-wielding superhero Selina frees the Dynamic Duo and escorts them to Rakk’s orbiting “satellite castle,” where her husband Vol is imprisoned. Vol, being Rakk’s biggest rival, is the only one who stands a chance of defeating him. Batman, Robin, and Selina crash a meteor into the satellite, defeat Rakk, and free Vol, who then binds Gurney with sci-fi handcuffs. Our heroes take their prisoner back through the time warp, which brings the trio back home but erases their memories of visiting Plaxius. With Gurney jailed, Batman and Robin put the mysterious handcuffs on display in the Hall of Trophies, although neither have any recollection of where they came from.

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–REFERENCE: In Batman #120, Part 1. August 1959. Batman and Robin turn out for the Annual Batman Day celebration in Gotham. I should mention, this is the final Batman Day that Batman will attend in person since he will have gone into a more serious phase of his retirement by this time next year. It is possible that Robin will continue to be a prominent feature of the annual celebrations.

–Detective Comics #270-271
Batman and Robin are summoned to Gotham City Prison where they encounter a 250 foot tall aquatic humanoid alien kicking in the walls of the penitentiary. Batman manages to corral the escaping prisoners back into the building, but the towering green-scaled monster man snaps the wings off the Batplane and wades deep into the sea. The next day, the creature is sighted in Ocean City, New Jersey. Without their Batplane, the Dynamic Duo debuts the brand new Bat-Missile, basically a sub-orbital rocket that allows them to travel hundreds of miles in mere minutes. In Ocean City, the giant fish-man continues to commit crimes and is then seen cavorting with the vile Bart Travers and his gang. After some fighting, a Whirly-Bat chase, and some spying, Batman learns that Travers has tricked the visiting alien into thinking that he (Travers) is good and that everyone else is bad. After getting captured briefly, Batman escapes and knocks down the massive alien with a gas grenade before Robin and the US Air Force can bomb the duped big man. Without alien assistance, Travers and his mob are easily busted. Afterward, the angry alien rockets home via a beam of energy light from his home planet.

Commissioner Gordon calls Batman and Robin to his office and tasks them with protecting the Liberty Train, a rolling exhibition of the United States’ most famous historical documents that is set to travel the country in one month’s time. During the meeting, Gordon gets a report of a nearby bank robbery by Dick Lyons’ gang. After a long chase, the gangster are about to escape when newcomer Crimson Knight appears in a white Horsemobile. The new superhero, wearing a red suit of medieval armor and wielding an electrified sword, easily busts the baddies. The next day, the Crimson Knight delivers a message to the GCPD that Lyons’ gang will be attempting to steal an anti-aging pill from a medical demonstration. Batman, Robin, and the Crimson Knight get the jump on the crooks and put them in jail. Immediately, with Batman in semi-retirement, the Crimson Knight becomes Gotham’s primary guardian, patrolling and working cases every day for a month straight. When the day of the Liberty Train gig comes, Batman, Robin, and the Crimson Knight are on hand. When Dick Lyons’ gang strikes, the heroes easily stop them. However, the Crimson Knight is caught red-handed (no pun intended) stealing the precious documents. Unmasked and defeated, the Crimson Knight is revealed as none other than gang leader Dick Lyons himself! Lyons had become a legitimate hero for a month just to fool the public in order to gain access to the documents aboard the train.

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–Batman #126, Part 2
Batman and Robin are sent after crook Hack Jorgens on behalf of the GCPD. After busting Jorgens’ gang, Jorgens himself escapes. Batman and Robin boat around Gotham Bay, in which stands the brand new Batman Beacon Statue—a gigantic Statue of Liberty analogue, but instead of a toga-wearing lady, we have a colossal Dark Knight that also functions as a lighthouse. Warehouse nightwatchman Dan Grady signals Batman when harbor bandits strike. Batman detours and busts them with ease. Later, Batman gets detoured again and prevents some European agents of chaos from stealing precious documents that expose their leader, a brutal dictator, of corruption. Back on track, Batman battles Jorgens atop the Batman Lighthouse and sends him to jail.

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–REFERENCE: In Batman #127, Part 1. Superman finishes a case in outer space and gives Bruce a large alien crystal as a present, which Bruce puts into the Hall of Trophies.

–Batman #127, Part 1
Joker escapes from jail and robs a book fair that Batman and Robin are guest speakers at. During the fight, an eagle-helmeted and caped superhero with similar powers to Superman debuts to assist the Dynamic Duo. Despite his awesome display of powers, Joker escapes. Back in the Batcave, “The Eagle” appears and unmasks as none other than Alfred! Alfred has gotten powers thanks to a reaction between Doc Cranium’s weird machine and Superman’s alien crystal in the Trophy Room. The next day, Batman, Robin, and the Eagle go after Joker again, but Alfred’s inexperience as a superhero allows Joker to lam yet again. Another day later, Alfred attempts to redeem himself and goes one-on-one with Joker. Unfortunately, Alfie’s powers disappear during the brouhaha and Joker punches him out. The scuffle with the Eagle is enough of a distraction for Batman and Robin to nab Joker and put him back in the clink.

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–Detective Comics #272
Batman and Robin are summoned by Commissioner Gordon to take on a humanoid creature made entirely of crystal that devours metal, which causes it to grow in size. Batman battles the shiny sci-fi creature on Carlson Island, but it escapes. The next day, scientists reveal that the creature is a mutated fish born out of radioactivity from atomic testing in the Atlantic. When the creature is spotted at a Gotham Museum robbery, but no metals have been consumed, Batman becomes suspicious. The Dynamic Duo tracks the creature to the lair of gangster Black Patch. There, they easily bust Black Patch and the creature, which is merely one of Black Patch’s men wearing an elaborate costume. However, Black Patch was simply capitalizing on the topical news event, having his goon pretend to be the creature to scare off guards. The real creature is still at large. Later, the real creature eats the entire Gotham Bridge, a bunch of cars, and the US Army cannons sent to stop it, thus growing to immense size. Now about thirty feet tall, the creature backs Batman into a corner, but Batman has an ace up his sleeve. Using a high-pitched radio transmission frequency, the Dark Knight shatters the creature into a million tiny pieces, ending the threat.

–World’s Finest Comics #105
WFC #105 is in the running for “most insane (not necessarily in a good way) story of the 1950s.” Where do I even begin? Superman assists Batman and Robin as they fight against gangsters in a high-tech sci-fi vehicle. During the fight, a meteor slams into the countryside. After rounding up the baddies, our heroes examine the meteor. Apparently harmless, Batman takes the meteor as a Batcave trophy. Unknown to our heroes, a demonic super-powered alien from a distant planet, named Khalex, has arrived on Earth with the meteor. Unfortunately for Khalex, the meteor is made of Galgolex, which renders him powerless if he is even on the same planet as the stuff. Khalex joins up with gangster Midge Martin, who hatches a plan to get into the Batcave and destroy the Galgolex. A few days later, the plan goes into motion. Superman is ambushed with Kryptonite and held captive in a cave. Meanwhile, one of Martin’s henchmen dresses up as Superman and attends an awards ceremony where Superman, Batman, and Robin receive a plaque. Afterward, “Superman” publicly goes into a cocoon (thanks to an elaborate hidden loom device). Another of Martin’s henchmen then appears, playing the role of an archeologist that has found an ancient Kryptonian text in Kansas. He tells everyone that going into a cocoon and coming out of it looking just like Khalex is a part of the Kryptonian life cycle. Sure enough, when a demonic green-skinned Superman (the Martin henchmen wearing a Khalex mask) hatches from the chrysalis, the world thinks that the Man of Steel has undergone a bizarre change. But before the fake Superman can gain access to the Batcave in order to get rid of the Galgolex, the real Superman frees himself and busts him. However, being the cheeky guy he is, Superman puts on the Khalex mask and pretends to be Khalex for a bit. Superman then tosses the Galgolex into Earth’s orbit, which allows Khalex’s powers to return. Batman, Robin, and Superman then battle Khalex in downtown Gotham, which results in the destruction of a couple buildings. The Galgolex then falls back to Earth, draining Khalex of his abilities. The heroes then easily bust him and Superman returns him to his home planet. I love how the Man of Steel’s antics in this issue result in massive collateral damage, just so he can have a bit of fun. Later, Superman gives Batman a signed picture of the police chief of Khalex’s planet, which Batman hangs in the Batcave.

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–Detective Comics #274
Four top gang leaders—Nails Lewin, Lew Gadge, Joe Keno, and Ed Mapes—steal a million dollars from a bank. Batman and Robin, on the behalf of the GCPD and an anonymous tipster, track the fiends to a deserted island off the Atlantic Coast. There, Batman, Robin, and the fearsome foursome are accosted by a strange gun-wielding hermit that claims to have magick powers. The hermit puts a curse on all four men, detailing how they will each be defeated, and also tells Batman that we will soon never wear the Bat-costume again. Sure enough, Lewin tries to bail but crashes his boat to an apparent fiery death. Later, Batman confronts Gadge, but Gadge slips on marbles and knocks himself out on a lion statue. Similar fates occur to Keno—who gets bopped on the head by a movie star mannequin—and Mapes—who gets stopped in his tracks by a falling arrow sign. Thinking something is fishy, Batman and Robin return to the island. Sure enough, Lewin, alive and well, is waiting for them with his accomplice, “the hermit,” who is actually one of his men. Lewin had faked his own death and scared off his partners to get a bigger cut of the loot. The hermit attempts to complete his prophecy of doom, but Batman takes him down along with Lewin.

–World’s Finest Comics #106
Batman and Robin are guests at a science exhibit when a new super-villain known as The Duplicate Man strikes. Using technology that allows him to literally split into two separate people, the Duplicate Man easily robs the joint and makes a clean getaway. The next day, the Duplicate Man steals a light-absorbing ray and gets away from Batman, Robin, and Superman. Our heroes then arrange to have separate new inventions on display for the first time in both Gotham and Metropolis in an attempt to split up the two halves of Duplicate Man. The Duplicate Man gets caught in Metropolis, but his other half escapes from Batman yet again, allowing him to phase into his Gotham half and get away yet again. A day later, our trio of heroes enact another half-baked plan to catch Duplicate Man. Superman disguises himself as a wacky scientist that has built a teleportation machine. In reality, Superman just whizzes around at super speed to make it look legit. Sure enough, the Duplicate Man takes the bait and straps himself into the machine. This time they’ve got him dead to rights. The machine is actually a hypnotizer that puts the Duplicate Man into a daze, allowing Batman and Robin to get the jump on him. With the Duplicate Man in jail, Batman, Robin, and Superman destroy all of his duplicating devices, blueprints, and notes.

 

 

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  1. [1]COLLIN COLSHER: Remember, just like last year, Batman is in semi-retirement, so he won’t go on routine patrols and will only go on “special cases” this Bat Year. If you are wondering what that looks like in Batman’s scheduler or if you are keeping count, the Dark Detective will only go on 18 cases this Bat Year.
  2. [2]COLLIN COLSHER: Detective Comics #261 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because it refers to Bruce as a socialite. This issue is canon on Earth-1.
  3. [3]COLLIN COLSHER: Detective Comics #262, which originally took place here, is non-canon on Earth-2 because it violates Batman’s retconned semi-retirement. In this issue, Batman and Robin are shown going on their routine patrol, which Batman certainly wouldn’t be doing in semi-retirement. Detective Comics #262 is canon on Earth-1.
  4. [4]COLLIN COLSHER: Batman #121, Part 3, which originally took place here, is non-canon on Earth-2 because in it a single Bruce goes on a date with a single Kathy Kane and Dick has a dream that Batman marries Batwoman. Both Bruce and Kathy are married at this point. Batman #121, Part 3 is canon on Earth-1.
  5. [5]COLLIN COLSHER: Detective Comics #263, which originally took place here, is non-canon on Earth-2 because it violates Batman’s retconned semi-retirement. In this issue, Batman and Robin are shown going on patrol, which Batman certainly wouldn’t be doing in semi-retirement. Detective Comics #263 is canon on Earth-1.
  6. [6]COLLIN COLSHER: World’s Finest Comics #99, which would have taken place here, is non-canon because it features Superman’s Arctic Fortress of Solitude. In this issue, the Fortress of Solitude is referred to as such by name, but also referred to as “the Secret Citadel” too. Therefore, it is arguable as to whether we are dealing with Earth-1 or Earth-2 here. I’d lean toward Earth-1 since it looks visually as though the Fortress is the Arctic one. Also, while not directly bearing upon the placement of this tale, Robin appears to be a definitive boy (rather than adult) in this tale, yearning for a new bicycle.
  7. [7]COLLIN COLSHER: Batman #123, Part 2, which originally took place here, is non-canon on Earth-2 because it violates Batman’s retconned semi-retirement. In this part of the issue, Batman and Robin are shown already out-and-about in costume when they are summoned by the Bat-signal. While we could assume that they were already out on another special case, the implication seems to be that they are on routine night patrol when the signal lights up the Gotham sky. Since Batman no longer goes on routine patrols in semi-retirement, this part of Batman #123 is non-canon. Batman #123, Part 2 is canon on Earth-1.
  8. [8]COLLIN COLSHER: World’s Finest Comics #100 originally took place here, but is non-canon because it features Superman’s Arctic Fortress of Solitude. The Fortress of Solitude, thanks to late 1970s retcons, never existed on Earth-2. WFC #100 is canon on Earth-1.
  9. [9]COLLIN COLSHER: Detective Comics #267 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because it refers to Bruce as a socialite and it refers to Batman and Robin going on patrol. This issue is canon on Earth-1.
  10. [10]COLLIN COLSHER: World’s Finest Comics #101 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because it ignores Lois Lane’s marriage to Clark Kent. This issue is canon on Earth-1.
  11. [11]COLLIN COLSHER: Batman #124, Part 1 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because it starts out with Batman and Robin on routine patrol. Batman #124, Part 1 is canon on Earth-1.
  12. [12]COLLIN COLSHER: Batman #124, Part 3 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because it refers to Bruce as a playboy. Batman #124, Part 3 is canon on Earth-1.
  13. [13]COLLIN COLSHER: Detective Comics #268 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because in it Batman and Robin going on routine patrol. This issue is canon on Earth-1.
  14. [14]COLLIN COLSHER: World’s Finest Comics #102 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because in it Batman and Robin going on routine patrol. This issue is canon on Earth-1.
  15. [15]COLLIN COLSHER: Batman #125, Part 1 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because it features Batwoman. This issue also refers to the entire Wayne household as being comprised solely of just Bruce, Dick, and Alfred, uninformed of the fact that Selina and Helena should also be there too. Batman #125, Part 1 is canon on Earth-1.
  16. [16]COLLIN COLSHER: Detective Comics #269 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because in it Batman and Robin going on routine patrol. This issue is canon on Earth-1.
  17. [17]COLLIN COLSHER: World’s Finest Comics #103 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because it starts out with Batman and Robin on routine patrol. We aren’t explicitly told they are on routine patrol, but it sure seems like they are. WFC #103 is canon on Earth-1.
  18. [18]COLLIN COLSHER: Batman #126, Part 3 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because it features Batwoman. Batman #126, Part 3 is canon on Earth-1.
  19. [19]COLLIN COLSHER: World’s Finest Comics #104 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because it features Batwoman. World’s Finest Comics #104 is canon on Earth-1.
  20. [20]COLLIN COLSHER: Batman #127, Part 2 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because it refers to Bruce as a socialite. This part of the issue is canon on Earth-1.
  21. [21]COLLIN COLSHER: Batman #127, Part 3 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because it refers to Batman and Robin going on patrol. This part of the issue is canon on Earth-1.
  22. [22]COLLIN COLSHER: Batman #128, Part 1 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because it appears as if Batman and Robin are on routine patrol at the outset of the tale. Of course, one could make the argument that they are heading home from a special case, but I’m hesitant to add speculative notes into the semi-retirement portion of Batman’s timeline—so, non-canon. This part of the issue is canon on Earth-1.
  23. [23]COLLIN COLSHER: Batman #128, Part 2 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because in it Batman and Robin are shown going on routine patrol. This part of the issue is canon on Earth-1.
  24. [24]COLLIN COLSHER: Batman #128, Part 3 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because it features Batwoman. Batman #128, Part 3 is canon on Earth-1.
  25. [25]COLLIN COLSHER: Detective Comics #273 originally took place here, but is non-canon on Earth-2 because it refers to Batman and Robin as going on routine patrol. Detective Comics #273 is canon on Earth-1.

One Response to Year Twenty-One

  1. BatfanReborn says:

    Bravo, Collin! Great work you’ve done here. Love the markers for E1 and E2 that you’ve identified and think that you could well have come up with the definitive list. I finally read Superman Family 211 a few weeks ago and agree with you that it’s not indicative of Voiles’ ‘dividing line’ theory at all. Congrats

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