BATMAN - #202 "GATEWAY TO DEATH!" (1968 - FN/VF)
💥 "GATEWAY TO DEATH!"
Batman and Robin, on patrol, find a downed officer beside a broken diamond emporium store window. The officer, revived, tells them that a load of bricks simply levitated themselves to smash down the store window, and he was struck down by an unseen force. Batman and Robin see that the safe has been cleaned out. Batman says that the "Psychic Plunderer", who has earlier pulled off a bank robbery with a levitated gun and a disembodied voice, has struck again.
When Batman and Robin relate their caper to Alfred in the Batcave, he suffers a mental shock while trying to tell them their opponent's name, and can only gasp out "Eternal gate" before collapsing. After putting Alfred in a doctor's care, the two heroes go to the Eternal Gate cemetery. Following footprints into a mausoleum, they confront three crooks, who battle them with paralyzing sound-screeches, psychokinetic powers, and a vial of perception-slowing gas. Batman and Robin nevertheless manage to defeat their foes, and then head back to the Wayne Manor.
A recovering Alfred tells them that, in the English music halls where he once was an entertainer, there was a "mind-over-matter" magician called the Great Norman who could mentally hurl objects across the stage. Alfred admits he never learned how Norman did it, though he suspected trickery. Norman once saved Alfred's life during World War II, and only days ago, Alfred saw Norman again while visiting his father Jarvis's grave at Eternal Gate Cemetery. The conflict of his loyalty to Norman and his wish to see him captured caused Alfred's breakdown, but he says that a stay in prison may mend Norman's criminal ways
💥 CONDITION: FN/VF
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