Posts tagged ‘Lew Moxon’

Detective 235 – Thomas Wayne as Batman, and Roy Raymond’s ratings slide

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Batman learns secrets behind his father’s murder in Detective 235 (Sept. 56), in a Bill Finger/Sheldon Moldoff tale.

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Poking around the Manor, Bruce and Dick discover a box containing a variation on the Batman costume, as well as a roll of film.  The home movie spurs Bruce’s memory, of his father and the gangster Lew Moxon, whom his father humiliated at a costume ball.

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Bruce realizes that Moxon hired Joe Chill to kill his father, the attack was not random. Batman confronts Moxon, who has prospered over the years, but also sustained an injury that has left him with amnesia about his early days.  He is still a mobster, though, and Batman’s interest is not welcome.

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Batman gains evidence of Moxon’s current wrongdoings, but his costume got wrecked in a fight.  He dons his father’s costume to confront Moxon, whose memory is restored by the sight of it.  Rushing out in terror, he gets hit by a truck.

Much, much later, around the millenium, Moxon was brought back into the comics, as having survived the accident, but been in prison for years.

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Roy Raymond’s standards seem to vanish when it comes to choosing guests, and Karen Duncan is mystified in this Ruben Moreira tale.

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Karen is more in focus in this story than usual, as she cannot fathom why Roy keeps allowing obvious frauds to appear on an upcoming broadcast.  She discovers a ratings sheet that does not look good, and figures that Roy has become desperate to draw an audience.

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The actual explanation is incredibly complex.  A cover story about giving air time to people who usually fail, and a plot to foil a foreign spy by using airwaves to mess up a missile launch.

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