Every day this August I’ll be spotlighting strange but ultimately endearing comic stories, one a day (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of past installments of this feature.
Today we take a look at the time that Batman almost ruined his secret identity by not keeping his cowl on during a windy day. Yes, seriously.
It appeared in 1956’s Batman #101 in a story titled “The Great Bat-Cape Hunt!” It was written by Bill Finger and drawn by Sheldon Moldoff and Charles Paris.
Out story begins when Batman telling Alfred to be careful with one trophy in the Bat-Cave, a cape someone sent him with a note saying that he knows Batman is Bruce Wayne (naturally, the fellow died soon afterwards, which is what happens when you learn Batman’s identity).
Despite specifically telling him to be careful with it, Alfred instead mixes it together with Batman’s regular capes and off Batman goes along with a note telling his identity.
Hey Batman, maybe you should pin your cowl down! That never occurred to you? In fact, if it is not pinned down, wouldn’t it spin around on his head constantly, blinding him?
So anyhow, the wind blows the costume around town.
First, it inspires a Frenchman to do a dangerous stunt…
He is stealing our jobs and he doesn’t speak English! Disgraceful!
Luckily, the Frenchman is as careless as Alfred, and the cape heads off to do another good deed…
Next, someone discovers it – but WHO?! Afterwards, this down-on-his-luck guy gets it. I love his inner monologue….
He ends up saving the little girl’s cat and finally Batman and Robin have the cape and cowl, but where is the note?
How randomly convenient! And yes, it is utterly bizarre for Robin to shout out his secret identity right there on the street after Superman was kind enough to help protect THEIR secret identities!
What a charming little story (if very silly) by Finger.