Detective ongoing 1988 (issues 582-595)

Issue #582

Cover Date: January 1988
Subtitle: Sole Survivor
Writer(s): Jo Duffy
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Pablo Marcos
Storyline: Commissioner Gordon was in Louisiana meeting up with some of his former Naval Intelligence agents. Batman tracked him there, told him what was going on, and offered his assistance. A Manhunter killed one of Gordon's agents; Batman stopped it. Batman found a location filled with destroyed Manhunters and freed some captives


Issue #583

Cover Date: February 1988
Subtitle: Fever
Writer(s): John Wagner, Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Kim Demulder
Storyline: Batman swooped in on some doped up kids who'd torched an old man. The man died before he could get help; the cops clued Batman in on the new drug - "fever." Ventriloquist and Scarface were back in action and Batman learned he was the supplier of Fever.


Issue #584

Cover Date: March 1988
Subtitle: Fever Break
Writer(s): John Wagner, Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Batman tracked down Ventriloquist and warned him that he was watching. He bugged Scarface and began listening in. He learned that more dope was being imported from Tijuana in a corpse. Batman attacked while they were cutting open the dead guy. Some packets of the drug were broken and Batman inhaled Fever. He was able to work through it and get the cops on the way. Ventriloquist and Scarface were locked up.


Issue #585

Cover Date: April 1988
Subtitle: The Ratcatcher
Writer(s): John Wagner, Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Ricardo Villagran
Storyline: Batman attacked some arms dealers as the Ratcatcher dealt with one of his captives trying to escape. The escapee almost made it to where Batman was, but he was killed by pursuing rats. Batman watched the rodents flock back to a man; he followed them into the sewer. Ratcatcher set his pets against Batman then flooded the sewer pipe.


Issue #586

Cover Date: May 1988
Subtitle: Rat Trap
Writer(s): John Wagner, Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle
Storyline: Gordon arranged a search party for the sewers. The victim turned out to be a judge that had been missing for five years. Rats attacked the search party; Gordon and his men pieced together what was happening. Batman awakened and continued searching out the Ratcatcher. He rescued the rest of the prisoners, delivered the Ratcatcher to the police, and headed to Dr. Thompkins for treatment.


Issue #587

Cover Date: June 1988
Subtitle: Night People
Writer(s): John Wagner, Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle
Storyline: Derek "Deke" Mitchel escaped from prison. With police in pursuit of him, he was struck by lightning at a chemical plant. Batman took out some smugglers with 10 kilos of coke nearby.


Issue #588

Cover Date: July 1988
Subtitle: The Corrosive Man
Writer(s): John Wagner, Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle
Storyline: Mitchel survived, but appeared to have been somehow mutated by the lightning + chemicals; he burned everything he touched. A hitman reported back to his boss, Mr. Kadaver, but was informed that he got the wrong guy. Batman gave chase to Mitchel, but he was able to get away (Mitchel was after Kadaver for setting him up, causing him to go to prison). The hitman got the right guy the second time. Batman pinned him for it.


Issue #589

Cover Date: August 1988
Subtitle: (1) The Burning Pit; (2) For the Love of Ivy
Writer(s): (1) John Wagner, Alan Grant; (2) Lewis Klahr, Steve Piersall
Artists(s): (1) Norm Breyfogle; (2) Dean Haspiel, Denis Rodier
Storyline: (1) Kadaver attempted to extort Phil Hobart, who'd come by to pay for the hit. Hobart was nephew to the deceased, Dalton "California" Walls, a former millionaire who decided to live on the streets as a bum. Batman arrived at Kadaver's with the killer; Mitchel showed up shortly thereafter. He was forced into a pit of quicklime that Kadaver had threatened Hobart with. The quicklime seemed to neutralize the "Corrosive Man." Batman left the four men there for the police.
(2) Batman happened upon a dying man with ties to Poison Ivy. After seeing Ivy and going to her doctor, he learned that she was dying - the immunities that made her almost involnerable were breaking down. He was able to get to her and convince her of what was going on. The doctor assured them she'd have a complete recovery in time.


Issue #590

Cover Date: September 1988
Subtitle: An American Batman in London
Writer(s): John Wagner, Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle
Storyline: Muslim terrorists attacked a veteran's club killing 7 and injuring 13 before killing themselves. Bruce Wayne took a vacation to London so that Batman could track Abu Hassan, the brains behind the attack. After finding Hassan, Batman learned of an upcoming attack on Parliament. Batman was struck from behind by one of Hassan's associates, and the boss fell through his window dying on impact below. Batman was luckily able to stop the suicide bombing.


Issue #591

Cover Date: October 1988
Subtitle: Aborigine
Writer(s): John Wagner, Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle
Storyline: An aborigine sought out a sacred artifact that had been taken from his homeland. He tracked it to a museum and made off with it after killing two.


Issue #592

Cover Date: November 1988
Subtitle: The Fear
Writer(s): John Wagner, Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle
Storyline: Batman appeared on the scene when a cabbie found a body in his trunk. The only witness said Jesus put it in there. Batman ran a search on recently released murderers and narrowed it down to Cornellius Stirk after another man was killed by Abraham Lincoln.


Issue #593

Cover Date: December 1988
Subtitle: Diary of a Madman
Writer(s): John Wagner, Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Stirk, who apparently had the ability to shape-shift, killed again. Batman broke in on him, but was confused by the shape-shifting; he was captured. Stirk fed on the fear of his victims but had a hard time creating fear in Batman. He finally found something - the death of innocents. Batman broke free from his bindings when Stirk threatened a man in front of him. Stirk was returned to Arkham.


Issue #594

Cover Date: undated
Subtitle: Ecstasy
Writer(s): John Wagner, Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Batman witnessed a man almost run down some kids in a Porche, then he gave the car to them. The man, who was hearing voices from a bad ecstasy trip, detonated the car. All four inside were killed. A tipped off PI gave Batman the details. The second bomb ripped through Ventriloquist's club. Batman and the PI, Joe Potato, tracked the bomber down to his currency trading job, where he blew himself up in the vault with his final bomb.


Issue #595

Cover Date: undated
Subtitle: (1) Our Man in Havana; (2) Cold Cuts
Writer(s): (1) John Wagner, Alan Grant; (2) Jeff O'Hare
Artists(s): (1) Irv Novick, Steve Mitchell; (2) Roderick Delgado, Jerry Acerno
Storyline: (1) The Justice League sent Batman to Cuba when aliens invaded. He uncovered the aliens' gun running operation, exporting the weapons in cigar cases; Batman reported his findings to Commissioner Gordon. Investigating further, Batman was attacked by Thanagarian Aerial Guards - hawkmen. He escaped them and blew up the cigar/gun factory. (2) S.T.A.R. Labs created a perfect artificial diamond which could fire a laser to perfect precision. Mr. Freeze escaped while being transported from Arkham to a prison and went after the laser. Batman was briefly captured by Freeze, but he defeated him.


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