The Penguin toys with Batman and Robin in Detective 473 (Nov. 77), another Englehart/Rogers/Austin collaboration.
The Penguin returns to the theatre for the next round of bidding on Batman’s identity, only to discover that none of the other bidders showed, nor did Strange. He hears the Joker’s laugh, and, unsure of what is happening, decides to write this off.
Bruce is on the mend, and goes to see Silver St. Cloud in the hospital, along with Dick. Although the scene is G rated, it’s still by far the more intense physical relationship that we have ever seen Bruce in at this point.
Boss Thorne, meanwhile, is deriving no pleasure from Hugo Strange’s death, as his ghost begins haunting Thorne.
But the meat of the story is the Penguin. Batman and Robin believe he has plans to steal a silver sculpture, the Malay Penguin. Someone has started backing a musical next door, the sounds of which keep setting off the sensitive alarm system. The Penguin is seem lurking nearby, and though he flees the heroes, he leaves odd clues – such as “never pitch rolls at a bank.”
Dick can’t make head not tail out of the odd clues, but does piece together a viable solution to the Penguin’s plans to steal the statue. And he is completely wrong.
Bruce has figured out that the statue is not the goal at all, that the Penguin intends to hijack an airplane, and stops him.
It’s an entertaining tale of wits and diversions, with the added touch that the Penguin had stolen the Malay Penguin before the story even started. And a pleasant change to see Batman and Robin working together again.