Batman ongoing 1990 (issues 443-457)

Issue #443

Cover Date: January 1990
Subtitle: The Coming of the Crimesmith
Writer(s): Marv Woflman
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: Alfred took Tim back to his boarding school; Bruce told him that Alfred would be continuing his training on weekends. Bruce met up with Lucious Fox and Dr. Jeffrey Fraser. Wayne hoped that Fraser could help bring some positive publicity to Wayne Tech in lieu of the recent allegations of him being a traitor. Batman stopped one of a series of highly skilled robberies, but the leader of the group burst into flames when he said his boss's name - Crimesmith.


Issue #444

Cover Date: February 1990
Subtitle: Crimesmith and Punishment
Writer(s): Marv Woflman
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: Wayne and Fox met again with Fraser. Bruce let Tim sit in with him in the cave while he did some evidence checking. With the results, Bruce realized that Fraser was the Crimesmith. He went after the scientist, but Fraser's partner double-crossed and killed him.


Issue #445

Cover Date: March 1990
Subtitle: Red Square! Bloody Square! - When the Earth Dies chapter one
Writer(s): Marv Woflman
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: The KGBeast's protege, NKVDemon, was out to kill 10 Soviet "traitors," who were leading his people away from the teachings of Marx and Lenin. Bruce Wayne pursued business in the Soviet Union. By night, he sought out associates of the demon. The demon found him. Batman led him into an ambush, but he still escaped.


Issue #446

Cover Date: April 1990
Subtitle: Underworlds - When the Earth Dies chapter two
Writer(s): Marv Woflman
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: Batman outted the demon at a hockey game, but he forced the American's hand; Batman had to be hospitalized. NKVDemon stuck again at a political dinner. Batman was there and the two combatants battled it out.


Issue #447

Cover Date: May 1990
Subtitle: Earth Day! Demon Night! - When the Earth Dies chapter three
Writer(s): Marv Woflman
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: Seven of the ten on the NKVDemon's list were dead. Numbers eight and nine were quick to follow. Only the Soviet Premier was left. Batman was able to save the leader; the demon was killed by his own people.


Issue #448

Cover Date: early June 1990
Subtitle: Pawns - The Penguin Affair 1
Writer(s): Marv Woflman
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: Penguin picked up a hunchback mute who turned out to be a mechanical genius. He built devices that would allow Penguin to control birds. Thinking of the profit margin, Penguin soon had the birds wreaking havoc all over Gotham City. He also had them kidnap an actress that he had an obsession with.
[continued in Detective 615]


Issue #449

Cover Date: late June 1990
Subtitle: Winged Vengeance - The Penguin Affair 3
Writer(s): Marv Woflman
Artists(s): Mark Bright, Randy Emberlin
Storyline: [continued from Detective 615]
Penguin readied the auction for his new electronics; Batman, Tim, and Alfred monitored possible buyers. They pinpointed Penguin's broadcast location and Batman attacked. Using microwaves, he disrupted the Penguin's signal and took down the crime lord.


Issue #450

Cover Date: early July 1990
Subtitle: Wildcard
Writer(s): Marv Woflman
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: A judge was found hanged, Gordon somehow believed Joker (who was believed dead in a helicopter crash) was the culprit. Bruce Wayne paid for a trip to Tokyo for Tim's class to insure he was out of town while Joker was loose. He attacked at an investment party, stealing cash and jewelry from the rich in attendance. Gordon, who was there, felt something wasn't right about the Joker. It was an impostor - actually the man trying to get investments. The real Joker, still recovering from the crash, decided to get back to his roots and wear the red hood he wore before the accident at the chemical plant. The false-Joker struck again.
[continued in Detective 617]


Issue #451

Cover Date: late July 1990
Subtitle: Judgements
Writer(s): Marv Woflman
Artists(s): Jim Aparo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: [continued from Detective 617] Jim Gordon told his daughter, Barbara, Joker was alive. Batman and Joker both tracked associates of the false-Joker. The two Jokers had a confrontation; it was broken up by Batman and the police. Both Jokers escaped. False-Joker lured Batman and Gordon into the chemical plant where Joker was born. Joker attacked the wannabe. Wanting so bad to be the real Joker, the false one jumped into a chemical vat and was eaten alive by it. Gordon and Batman apprehended the real Joker and placed him in Arkham.


Issue #452

Cover Date: early August 1990
Subtitle: Dark Knight, Dark City
Writer(s): Peter Milligan
Artists(s): Kieron Dwyer, Dennis Janke
Storyline: Batman met Gordon on the rooftop - the Riddler was loose. A girl bearing the first clue fell to her death in front of them. Riddler toyed with him at the first location and escaped while Batman saved a would-be victim. He then kidnapped four newborns and waited for Batman at a blood bank. Riddler again escaped, leaving Batman covered in blood. He recovered the first baby, along with a riddle. It led him to a graveyard where a corpse rose from its grave.


Issue #453

Cover Date: late August 1990
Subtitle: Dark Knight, Dark City part II
Writer(s): Peter Milligan
Artists(s): Kieron Dwyer, Dennis Janke
Storyline: Batman defeated Riddler's "corpses," actually robots and a man in makeup. Riddler passed on an opportunity to kill the Batman, who then recovered the second infant (and another riddle). At the next location, Batman was attacked by three pit bull terriers. Their riddle led him into the sewers where Batman found the third child choking on a ping-pong ball.


Issue #454

Cover Date: September 1990
Subtitle: Dark Knight, Dark City part III
Writer(s): Peter Milligan
Artists(s): Kieron Dwyer, Dennis Janke
Storyline: Batman got the baby to the hospital and went to the next location (he discovered the patter on a question mark over Gotham leading him to the final destinations), an amusement park. Riddler captured him and told him about a journal he'd found. Batman, through the Riddler's actions, had prepared himself for a black magic human sacrifice. Riddler was about to conjure up his very own demon slave. Before the sacrifice could take place, the demon scared Riddler away. Alfred showed up in time to save Batman from his tomb below the burning building.


Issue #455

Cover Date: October 1990
Subtitle: Identity Crisis part one
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Batman stopped an old lady after she blasted away at bystanders for no reason while wearing a skull mask. Bruce and Tim attended his mother's funeral. Tim felt he was ready to suit up, but Batman told him to be patient. Vicki Vale investigated the "whim" killings, where the killers all wore skull masks.


Issue #456

Cover Date: November 1990
Subtitle: Identity Crisis part two: Without Fear of Consequence
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Vale was captured by some men, one wearing a skull mask. Batman went out on patrol; Tim believed he figured out who was behind the whim killings, but could not reach Batman. He phoned Gordon, who played it off. Tim's hunch was right, Scarecrow attacked Batman.


Issue #457

Cover Date: December 1990
Subtitle: Master of Fear
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Scarecrow tortured Batman with his fear gases. Tim disobeyed direct orders and went out to help Batman. He burst into the abandoned warehouse, and got his own dose of fear gas. It momentarily disabled him, but he fought through it and knocked Scarecrow into a shelf of his own mixtures. Crane was neutralized. Tim saved Vicki and Batman. Back at the cave, Bruce gave him the new Robin suit.


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