Comic Book Detectives: Why Is Robin in Some Alien's Belly?

This is the Great Comic Book Detectives, where readers send in requests for the names of comic books that they remembered reading years ago and I try to find them for them! Send any future requests to brianc@cbr.com!

Reader Becky D. wrote in to ask:

I was always a big Robin fan. I think it was an Action Comic with Superman and Batman battling an evil tubby alien. But, they couldn't lay a fist on the alien because somehow he had absorbed Robin and every time they hit the alien, Robin felt the pain. Still sends waves of empathy over me today. How did Superman and Batman save Robin? I forget!!!!

The comic in question is World's Finest Comics #110, "The Alien Who Doomed Robin," by Jerry Coleman, Dick Sprang and Charles Paris.

It is worth noting, though, that the alien only APPEARS to have Robin in his belly. In actuality, it is some whole other sort of crazt situation.

To start, an alien shows up and starts shrinking buildings and monuments on Earth and stealing them. Batman, Robin and Superman try to stop him but they fail. They came close enough, though, that the alien is a bit worried, so he decides that he has to break out his greatest power on them...

Yep, when you hit the alien, ROBIN feels pain! This does not go over well with our heroes...

I feel so bad for Batman. He looks so sad!!

Superman tries to capture the alien without harming him, hoping that he will then release Robin in exchange for his freedom. He fails, but when a car drives by, the alien is momentarily weakened for some unexplained reason. So Superman and Batman confer to figure out what to do next. Meanwhile, we learned the alien's INSANE plan. He plans on making a giant intergalactic tourist attraction by convincing people that these are just duplicates of famous things from various planets. That is so, so silly.

What do YOU think the weakness of the alien is?

Yep, people complain about fuel emissions, but they saved the day here!

So there you go, Becky, that's how Robin was saved!

Okay, that's it for this installment of the Great Comic Book Detectives! If anyone else has a story that they'd like me to track down, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com!

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