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Detective 451 – Molly Post returns, and Robin ends

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A great Giordano cover for Detective 451 (Sept. 75), although not really connected to the Denny O’Neil/Ernie Chan story.

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Molly Post, the professional skier who aided Batman against Ra’s Al Ghul and the League of Assassins in the pages of Batman a few years earlier returns. Her experiences have left her traumatized, and incapable of handling violence – which manifests by having her whack Batman over the head with a champagne bottle while he is fighting with an actual criminal.  It’s really a shame.  Molly was a strong character reduced to a whimperer in this tale, champagne bottle notwithstanding.

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As it turns out, she is also the intended victim in the criminal plot. Good thing she didn’t hit Batman too hard, cause he’s the one who saves her.

This is Molly’s last appearance, which is probably a good thing.

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Bob Rozakis, Al Milgrom and Terry Austin conclude Robin’s series, and the Parking Lot Bandit story, in this issue.  Robin and McDonald lay a trap for the bandit.

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And he falls into it.  With him out of the way, Robin nails the man who framed him, having his own secretary robbed, so that he could steal money from his company’s safe.

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The case solved, Dick Grayson and Lori Elton ride off on his bike.  She asks what he wants to do that evening.  And the last panel is an inset close-up of Dick’s face.  Now seriously, there is really only one thing Dick is thinking about, right?  And are we meant to read this ending as just sexual frustration?  No, this is included, therefore significant.

Which means, as far as I am concerned, that Dick Grayson loses his virginity (aside from some likely fooling around with Betty Kane) to Lori Elton following this story.

His series also moves to Batman Family, bringing Lori and Chief McDonald with him.  Dick and Lori’s relationship would last the duration of that book, and they would return to the pages of Detective when the two series merged after the DC Implosion.

Detective 450 – Batman gets waxed, and Robin chases the Parking Lot Bandit

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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