There is one really great moment in the Batman story from Detective 450 (Aug. 75), but despite Walt Simonson’s art, Elliot S! Maggin’s story is not structured as well as it might be.
A professional hit men gets hired to acquire Batman’s cape and cowl, not to kill him, and we follow how he lures Batman to a wax museum and into a pouring chamber.
He explains to Batman that he has no interest in Batman’s identity, he simply wants the cape and cowl and will allow him to leave safely. Remarkably, he gets the garb he wants.
Bringing it back to the man who hired him, he asks what the man wants it for. The man insists he will trade for that, demanding to know how the hit man pulled off a recent murder. After that, we discover, in the best moment of the tale, that Batman was the one who hired the hit man to get his cape and cowl, it was all a big set-up.
But then the story has a few more pages of them fighting, which seems extraneous. The revelation scene was strong enough to be the ending to the story.
Dick Grayson’s girlfriend, Lori Elton, is introduced in this story about a serial thief who prays on people in parking lots, stealing their keys and then robbing their homes.
Bob Rozakis, Al Milgrom and Terry Austin are the creative team on this story, which takes an interesting twist. Robin is working with police chief Frank McDonald on the case, and almost captures the thief, when his wig falls off.
Because the thief was not wearing a wig in an earlier encounter, Robin is inclined to believe the note he receives at the end of the story, from the Parking Lot Bandit, insisting he is being framed for a robbery he did not commit.
The story concludes next issue.