Batman in “Mystery of the Scarecrow Corpse” (Book/Record Set)
Thanks very much to a generous reader of SherlockComics.com, I have now acquired a copy of the 1976 Batman Book/Record Set that contains two stories, “Gorilla City” and (the reason I have it) “Mystery of the Scarecrow Corpse”. (All pictures below taken by me, as you can see from the slight wonkiness.)
That eight-page story, by Elliot S! Maggin and Cary Bates, features Batman, visiting England, summoned to help with a murder case, working with an inspector from Scotland Yard. (I love the way he’s drawn just sitting on the coffee table taking a call in that last panel, cape tucked under him!)
After going undercover in the pub (and doing amazing things with darts, cause he’s Batman), he meets Inspector Derek Holmes.
(Batman’s too tan to be English!)
Someone tries to run them over with a van, only for the airbag Batman carries in his utility belt to save them.
Inspector Holmes is no slouch!
Some wonderfully drawn Batman action! The best part about 70s superhero comics. Accompanied by epic monologuing, of course.
And a surprise dun-dun-DAAA ending, also in keeping with the 70s.
Just for funsies, here’s the back cover.
Hope you enjoyed this ramble through an odd little piece of pop culture! Someday I’ll find a turntable and listen to the record that tells the story.