Man-Bat returns in Detective 402 (Aug. 70), although it’s Frank Robbins scripting Neal Adams and Dick Giordano’s art.
Batman responds to an alarm at a laboratory, and finds Man-Bat already there, having taken down the men trying to rob the place. Batman and Man-Bat fight after Man-Bat tries to take a serum, and Batman discovers that his appearance is real, not a costume.
There’s a good shot of the 1970 Batmobile, and just below that, the introduction of Francine Lee, Kirk’s fiancee. She doesn’t do much besides weep in this story, but she does give Batman the needed background on Kirk Langstrom.
Batman chases, and Man-Bat runs, until the spectacular sequence in which he gains wings. He makes the mistake of fleeing into the Batcave though.
It’s a great fight, as Batman tries to help the poor man, who is simply freaking out due to his animal nature.
Batman finally takes Man-Bat down with the Batmobile. He doesn’t look in great shape as the story ends, but Batman is determined to cure him.
It’s a few more months before the final chapter of this introduction to the character appears.
Speedy guest stars in this Mike Freidrich story, with art by Kane and Colletta. The story takes place just after Robin rejoins the Teen Titans, after briefly leaving. Roy and Dick discuss these recent events as the story opens.
The story sets up the next issue, introducing us to a program at Hudson U. to help out kids who had wound up in reform schools and such, in the hopes of making university available to them.
Roy is pretty subdued through the story, which culminates in Dick pondering changing his name from Robin to something more adult. But his Nightwing days were a decade away, and he proudly stays as Robin.