Black Spider’s introductory story concludes in Detective 464 (Oct. 76), in a Gerry Conway story, with art by Chan and McLaughlin.
Batman does not get hit by the airplane, but Black Spider manages to kill one of the deplaning passengers, and get away. Batman hunts the streets looking for information on him, and learns the past of a “friend” of the Spider. A kid who became a junkie and turned to crime to pay for his habit, eventually killing his own father.
It’s hardly a surprise when Batman unmasks Black Spider, and reveals him to be the junkie, now clean, but determined to do away with those who profited from his addiction. Black Spider appears to die at the end of the story, though Batman doubts it. And indeed, he returns a couple years down the road in the pages of Batman.
I should have mentioned that City Councillor Arthur Reeves, who despises Batman, is re-introduced. He has a small role, complaining to Gordon about Batman, at the start of the previous issue, and conclusion to this one.
The Calculator returns, this time in Star City, where he faces off against Black Canary, in a story by Bob Rozakis, Mike Grell and Terry Austin.
His plan is to steal the city’s Founder’s Day, by creating a deadly heat wave – one made worse by Black Canary every time she uses her sonic cry.
She wins by pushing things as far as she can with her cry, which causes the Calculator’s device to melt and short out, but not before he presses his special button!