Mike Kaluta gives an interesting perspective on the cover for Detective 423 (May 1972), as Frank Robbins, Bob Brown and Dick Giordano relate this cold war story.
The basic premise of the story is clear enough – protecting a spy being traded for one imprisoned in a foreign nation (pretty obviously Russia). Disgruntled right wing militiamen are trying to kill the spy to prevent that, unaware that the spy being sent back is really a double agent.
While not a really great story, it certainly does show off Batman’s organizational abilities, and his competence compared to the police.
Picking up right where the last issue ended, Barbara Gordon announces her intention to run for congress, and her dad willingly cedes his campaign to her, in this tale by Robbins and Heck.
She runs a populist campaign, promising to boot the fat cats out of Washington, and gains the nickname Boots Gordon. Jason Bard works on her campaign, as does another man, who brings in a lot of donations, although he then turns around and steals them.
It’s probably a good thing he did, as it gives Barbara a chance to get into action as Batgirl for a few panels. Otherwise, this is a Barbara Gordon tale, more than a Batgirl one.