Gerry Conway, Paul Kupperberg, Don Newton and John Calnan are the creative team on the concluding half of this story, loosely based on the Dirigible of Death from early issues, in Detective 519 (Oct. 82).
The villain in this story is Colonel Blimp, but we see much more of his airships than of him in this story.
But then, the airships do far more dramatic things – like explode in pure Hindenburg glory.
Batman and Robin chase Col. Blimp to his base in the arctic. Robin gets a pretty decent snow outfit. Keeps his colours, but looks practical.
It’s not bad – but really, the best thing about this tale, and about the last year or so in general, is simply that Conway is re-telling some of the oldest, classic Batman stories. It could, and would, be done better; but it’s an effort worth commending.
Batgirl’s second run in Detective comes to a close with this issue, as Barbara Randall and Trevor Von Eeden conclude her story with the Velvet Tiger.
Randall gives a fair amount of backstory to the rival siblings and the manipulations of their corporation. Enough that it feels like she was intending this series to continue, and the Velvet Tiger to return.
As it turned out, she would bring Velvet Tiger back, almost ten years down the road, in the pages of Hawk and Dove.
Batgirl gets demoted to being a supporting character, and more often appears as Barbara Gordon than as Batgirl. Her next solo is the Batgirl special in the late 80s, which immediately precedes The Killing Joke.