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    Detective Comics #417

    Detective Comics » Detective Comics #417 - Batman for a Night; A Bullet for Gordon! released by DC Comics on November 1971.

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    Batman for a Night; A Bullet for Gordon! last edited by pikahyper on 02/07/19 09:31PM View full history

    A writer’s attempt to play Batman for a day becomes serious when his sister is murdered by a bank robber. James Gordon reveals that he knows Batgirl’s identity.

    In the opening story, Batman is impressed by the fighting skills of a local boxer, who tells him that someday he dreams of being a fighter like the Caped Crusader. Batman joins him in the ring and points out his deficiencies. Later in the tale, the fighter's sister is killed, and Batman invites the grieving man to join him in the search for her killer. When they do find him, both Batman and the boxer are wearing Batman costumes, and as one Batman knocks the other out in order to catch the killer, which one catches him - and which is out cold?

    In the Batgirl story, the real Batgirl returns to the scene just in time to assist Commissioner Gordon as he is confronted by a gang of police killers, which includes a fake Batgirl. In the ensuing melee, Batgirl absent mindedly calls Commissioner Gordon "dad" and when she is later wounded in the battle, he accompanies her to the hospital. In the final panel the reader is left in no doubt that Jim Gordon knows the secret identity of Batgirl and has done so for some time.

    1. "Batman for a Night" written by Frank Robbins, penciled by Bob Brown and inked by Dick Giordano.
    2. "A Bullet for Gordon!" written by Frank Robbins, penciled and inked by Don Heck.
    3. "Alfred, Armchair Detective!" "A DC Extra" reprinted from Batman #31.
    4. "The Mystery That Edgar Allan Poe Solved" reprinted from Gang Busters #49.

    Note: Letter to the editor from Clem ("Hairy Freak") Robins of Sheffield, Massachusetts.

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