When I first saw the cover for Detective 501 (April 1981), I thought it was silly. Alfred had been around forever, Lucius Fox had only been introduced a year earlier. But Gerry Conway and Don Newton took the story somewhere I never expected.
Both men receive letters that leave them shocked – and both when Bruce Wayne is there to see it. Making lame excuses, both men leave and fly off to France, with Batman following.
We discover that both Alfred and Lucius were involved with the French underground, Alfred through British intelligence, and Lucius as an American soldier. They both worked with Mademoiselle Marie.
A French resistance fighter, Mademoiselle Marie had had a short-lived series in Star-Spangled War Stories in the late 50s, and from then on was a regular guest star in the various DC war books.
Marie had died towards the end of the war, betrayed to the Germans.
Julia Remarque leads the group of aging fighters and their children, who accuse Alfred of being the traitor.
Dr. Voodoo returns in this Cary Burkett/Jose Delbo/Joe Giella tale, and it’s much better than his first outing against Batgirl.
Dr. Voodoo is out for revenge against Batgirl, and uses magic, as well as physical violence, to mess with those close to her. He blows up (but does not kill) poor Jeff from the garage where she stores her bike.
He also uses his magic to make Jim be difficult and insulting to Barbara on the phone. Finally, after stressing her to the max, Voodoo attacks Batgirl.