Je n'aime pas dans les vieux films américains quand les conducteurs ne regardent pas la route. Et de ratage en ratage, on s'habitue à ne jamais dépasser le stade du brouillon. La vie n'est que l'interminable répétition d'une représentation qui n'aura jamais lieu.

Batman Chronology: Frenchy Blake's Jewel Gang!



Frenchy Blake’s Jewel Gang

Detective Comics, #28 (June, 1939)

*This story can be found in The Batman Chronicles, Vol. 1.

*This one begins with a young newsboy selling papers about a ‘fifth sensational robbery.’

*The newsboy is shouting, “Wuxtry!”  He says it twice.  I mean, I guess that’s supposed to be “Extra” and I’ve heard it rendered before as “Extry,” but what the hell is that ‘w’ doing on the front?  Wuxtry?  I mean, that’s a little odd, isn’t it?

*So, Batman catches up to two of the jewel thieves on the next job they pull.  He flings one of them off the roof and knocks the other unconscious. 

*I feel I should mention that in this issue, Batman does not wear gloves. 

*Batman then makes the police think that he was involved in the jewel robbery.  The narrator promises us that we’ll understand why this is shortly.

*So, here’s the explanation.  We catch up to Frenchy in his hideout reading the paper: “One good thing though.  The cops think ‘Bat-Man’ is in on it.  Now that means they’ll be watching for him and that leaves us free to continue our work.”

*The narrator then says, “This is why the Batman wanted to be connected with the robberies . . . so that the jewel thieves would think they weren’t being watched and would continue giving the Batman the opportunity of their capture.”

*What the . . . ?

*Okay, whatever, let ‘s just move on.

*So, Batman ends up capturing Frenchy.  He ties a rope around his waist and throws him out the window and says he’ll drop him unless he writes a confession.

*It seems that this would not hold up in court.  But whatever.

*Brief appearance of Commissioner Gordon reading the note that Batman pinned to Frenchy Blake’s coat when he dropped him at the police station. 

*Once again, it seems that Batman has no real villains to test his mettle against.  It feels a little odd to see Batman fighting simple jewel thieves.  But this is hardly the oddest thing he’s going to fight in his run, I suppose. 

*Also, Body Count: 3.

Bill Finger, Bob Kane

*Next time, The Batman Meets Doctor Death!  Yes, it’s the first SUPERVILLAIN!  This will be spectacular!  I hope.

Batman Chronology!