I Love Ya But You're Strange - Batman and...Owlman!?!?

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 look at a tale from Batman #107 where Batman gets a new partner...Owlman! But is he really a NEW partner?!?

This story, which was written by Bill Finger and drawn by Sheldon Moldoff and Stan Ksye, opens up in a foolish fashion...

First off, I love that Superman does not want to risk his own life by opening the container but he's cool with Batman and Robin handling. Secondly, why is Robin not wearing any safety gear?!?

In any event, the gas makes Dick Grayson grow to manhood. He now needs a new identity...

TWO Batmen?!!? ThHat idea would never work!

So Owlman debuts...

I love how Batman wishes so badly that he could spank Dick, but Dick is just too big now!

After his inexperience leads to a screw-up, Dick tries to prove himself by single-handedly taking down the bad guys...

(I like that Hal Jordan has some company in the laughable head injury department)

Since Finger later introduced the anti-Batman from the Crime Syndicate as being named Owlman, I presume this story stuck with him.

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