Bruce Takes in Four New 'Orphans'
In which Batman and Robin break the law and break up the Beatles.
Obligatory out of context panel:
(Just in case?: "Paul is dead" is an urban legend alleging that Paul McCartney of the British rock band The Beatles died in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike and sound-alike.
The legend hinges on supposed hints among the Beatles' many recordings and presumed to be deliberately placed by The Beatles or others. Hundreds have been cited at various times; they include statements heard when a song is played backwards, symbolic interpretations of obscure lyrics, and ambiguous imagery on album covers. Some of these have become well known, such as the fact that on the cover of Abbey Road, McCartney is the only barefooted Beatle and is out of step with the others.)
When it looks like Eden Records' star Saul Cartwright, may be dead (and replaced with a look-alike), Eden stockholder Bruce Wayne invites Saul's group, the 'Orphans' to Wayne Manor. But can Batman and Robin discover the truth, when ... well, problems ensue. And taping. Lots and lots of taping. Illegal taping by Bruce. He bugs everything in the mansion by the end of the story, including all outgoing calls. Dick and Bruce are constantly hiding microphones around the mansion, then running down to the batcave to analyze the recordings on reel to reels. This was not at all easy to edit down, but I made sure to include the panels with the floating heads of Batman and Robin.
So, um, Saul keeps a cassette recorder with him at all times, even during dinner. Dick decides to steal it.
It's nice that they dress for dinner together.
Some great other things happen, like some actual detective work and a visit to a recording studio.
Then Bruce admits they never needed to go to the recording studio, because he's been taping all the outgoing calls.
Odd, huh? Batman and Robin v. Urban Legend. Or something. Thank you, Mr. Frank Robbins. But especially Mr. Irv Novick.