Mike Fleisher and Don Newton bring back a villain not seen in over thirty years as Basil Karlo makes a comeback in Detective 496 (Nov. 80).
The story deals with a horror exposition about a yacht, hosted by John Carlinger, clearly intended to be John Carpenter.
Basil Karlo reads of the exposition in his hospital room, and, furious at not being included, kills his nurse and breaks out.
Some of Karlo’s scenes certainly do feel like a Carpenter horror film.
Karlo makes it aboard the yacht. Carlinger has a duplicate of his dressing room as one of the exhibits, and they confront each other there.
Clayface begins a reign of terror on the boat, killing some of the actors, as Batman fights to save them.
But Batman figures out that Clayface is not Karlo, and reveals him to be Car;inger. He had murdered Karlo, then adopted the Clayface guise to kill the actors who wanted his finances audited.
The death of Basil Karlo was undone by Crisis on Infinite Earths, and the character returns in the Mudpack storyline. Perhaps because of this, no one ever seems to recall this story, or number Carlinger among the Clayfaces.
Batgirl gets an original costumed villain of her very own in this Burkett and Delbo story. Dr. Voodoo. And he looks about as corny as his name.
Barbara is getting hot and heavy with the dad of the hostage girl. I really ought to start using their names. Henceforth, hostage girl is Tracy, and her dad is Jim.
Dr. Voodoo and his men confront Batgirl as they try to rob a diamond exchange. He appears to be able to put people into a zombie like trance, but Batgirl figures out it’s sonics.
She gets garage guy Jeff to blast some Beethoven, which messes up Voodoo’s sonics, and she rounds up the Loa wannabes.