Detective ongoing 1989 (issues 596-609)

Issue #596

Cover Date: January 1989
Subtitle: Video Nasties
Writer(s): Alan Grant, John Wagner
Artists(s): Eduardo Barreto, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Batman stopped three guys from killing a college student and recovered a camcorder that was filming the event. He tracked down the film maker and staked out his video store. At closing time, he swooped down on the camera man, but was attacked from behind.


Issue #597

Cover Date: February 1989
Subtitle: Private Viewing
Writer(s): Alan Grant, John Wagner
Artists(s): Eduardo Barreto, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Before Batman could be thoroughly defeated, two boxing students broke up the fight. With their assistance, Batman survived. The film maker again escaped; Batman was hospitalized and released. The camera man gave his film to the buyer and Batman "convinced" him to turn himself and the buyer in. He awaited a private showing of the film to bust everyone there.


Issue #598

Cover Date: March 1989
Subtitle: Blind Justice part 1
Writer(s): Sam Hamm
Artists(s): Denys Cowan, Dick Giordano, Frank McLaughlin
Storyline: Gordon called Batman in to see a body - it had been completely pulverized - no bone in it still intact. The body had no physical marks on it. Batman staked out a drug shipment on a tip off. It was broken up by a man calling himself the Bonecursher. He used a sonic device to destroy things. He killed himself when cornered by Batman. Bruce Wayne was introduced to Jeannie Bowen, a woman searching for her brother. She believed he'd worked for WayneTech, so he gave her a tour. Dr. Kenneth Harbinger remembered Roy, her brother. Gordon called Batman about another Bonecrusher attack. A homeless man in a mission acted out with exact movement and speech as the Bonecrusher. Cornered again, Bonecrusher killed himself. The bum turned out to be Roy, Jeannie's brother. He had no memories of the last six months. Bruce began researching what might have happened to Roy after a biochip was found implanted in his head. Bonecrusher broke into Wayne Manor; Alfred saved Bruce and his houseguests Jeannie and Roy by shooting him with a tranquilizer dart. Bonecrusher, for a third time, self-destructed. Roy remembered what the project was - they were creating remote controlled soldiers. Bruce found Harbinger dead, but found his log file. In the file, Bruce learned that Harbinger had been the controller of the Bonerushers and that he'd permanently moved into another body. Bruce tried to stop the project, but they set him up as a communist and he was arrested.


Issue #599

Cover Date: April 1989
Subtitle: Blind Justice part 2
Writer(s): Sam Hamm
Artists(s): Denys Cowan, Dick Giordano, Frank McLaughlin
Storyline: Wayne was questioned about the years he spent in Europe and Asia. Gordon offered him what support he could, hinting that he knew more than Wayne realized. Bruce and his two lawyers were shot by a homeless man. Bruce, the only survivor, was in a coma.


Issue #600

Cover Date: May 1989
Subtitle: Blind Justice part 3
Writer(s): Sam Hamm
Artists(s): Denys Cowan, Dick Giordano, Frank McLaughlin
Storyline: Since Batman had not been seen in weeks, Gordon asked one of his men to say that they'd worked a case together. As Bruce was released from the hospital, Roy stumbled into the cave. He offered to let Bruce use his body while he was confined to a wheelchair. A witness against Wayne, the man who taught him detective skills, told the cartel that Wayne was indeed Batman. This theory was shot down when Batman made a bust (Bruce was using Roy's body). Bruce and Alfred played with the biochips until Bruce was in a body near Harbinger and Riordan (the cartel's leaders). He got needed info, including a sketch, to Gordon. Harbinger was force to take another body. Batman (again in Roy's body) was after him. They were both killed in the fight; Gordon and his men recovered the documents Harbinger was carrying and cleared Bruce Wayne. Gordon visited Bruce as he recovered and confronted him about his houseguest being in Batman's costume. The fiasco was finally over, though Jeannie, Ducard (the detective), and possibly Gordon knew Bruce's secret.


Issue #601

Cover Date: June 1989
Subtitle: Tulpa part one: Monster Maker
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Batman stopped a maniacal driver to have him disintegrate in his hands. The river had stolen the car and $5000. The next night, a man broke into Wayne Manor and stole $5000. Alfred confronted him and was able to get a tracking device on the assailant. The man disintegrated upon returning to his master.


Issue #602

Cover Date: July 1989
Subtitle: Tulpa part two: Night Moves
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: The master conjured up a demon to thwart his loansharks. Batman arrived to see it taking on the men. It chased them out; the Tibetan master told Batman what was happening. batman went to Jason Blood for help, but he was denied. Blood's associate, Randu, agreed to accompany Batman. Jason felt the demon Etrigan boiling inside him.


Issue #603

Cover Date: August 1989
Subtitle: Tulpa part three: When Demons Clash
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: After Batman and Randu were unable to stop the demon Mahakala, Jason Blood loosed Etrigan. He was able to vanquish Mahalaka, but turned on Batman afterwards. Etrigan saw himself in the Dark Knight and let him live. Jason Blood awoke in his apartment.


Issue #604

Cover Date: undated
Subtitle: The Mud Pack part one: Men of Clay
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Preston Payne, aka Clayface 3, escaped from Arkham. Clayface 1 (the actor Basil Karlo) was released from prison. Clayface 3 fell from being hit by tranquilizer darts, but was rescued by a beautiful woman. Batman investigated; he found that earlier in the day, Clayface 3 had a visitor who appeared to be Looker (a telekinetic member of the Oustiders group). She turned out to be a forth Clayface (Clayface 4 or Lady Clayface). The Clayfaces (1, 3, & 4 - 2 died in the Crisis) banded together and plotted against Batman.


Issue #605

Cover Date: The Mud Pack part two: Heart of Steel; Feet of Clay?
Subtitle: undated
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Looker told Batman about a female Clayface that the Outsiders once battled. She had the ability to take on the appearance and powers of others. #'s 3 and 4 robbed a bank, 4 posing as the Batman (who was with Gordon while it happened). Batman swooped down on them when they tried to knock over a casino.


Issue #606

Cover Date: undated
Subtitle: The Mud Pack part three: Killer Clay
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Lady Clayface startled Batman by shape-shifting into Robin. #3 knocked him unconscious and the Clayfaces made off with their new captive. Looker sought out Batman; Clayface 1 double-crossed 3 and 4. Payne (3) and Lady Clayface (4) left together after awakening to find that Basil (1) had taken a blood sample from each.


Issue #607

Cover Date: undated
Subtitle: The Mud Pack part four: The China Clay Sindrome
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Clayface 1 took the blood samples and forced a doctor to merge them and inject him with the composite. The experiment gave him Clayface 4's ability to shape-shift, and Clayface 3's lethal touch. Looker and Batman were able to stop "Ultimate Clayface" (or rather he burned down through the earth). 3 and 4 remained on the loose.


Issue #608

Cover Date: undated
Subtitle: Anarky in Gotham City part one: Letters to the Editor
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Batman stopped some drug dealers then busted some rock stars for the same thing. One got away only to be assailed by another vigilante calling himself Anarky. He used letters-to-the-editor to pick his victims.


Issue #609

Cover Date: undated
Subtitle: Anarky in Gotham City part two: Facts about Bats
Writer(s): Alan Grant
Artists(s): Norm Breyfogle, Steve Mitchell
Storyline: Gordon and Batman were on the lookout the next night for another Anarky strike. Batman found him but was hit by a taser and knocked out. He quickly got back on his trail and took him down - Anarky turned out to be a straight-A junior high student. He got the last laugh by "tagging" Batman's cape with his logo.


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