Detective Comics #359 January 1967 "The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!"

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Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City police commissioner, James Gordon, prepares to attend a policeman's charity masquerade ball. She designs a costume in the style of Batman and names herself, Batgirl.

As she arrives at the country club, she finds a villain named Killer Moth and his Moth-Men attacking one of the guests, Bruce Wayne. Batgirl dives into them, giving Wayne a chance to escape. Bruce takes this opportunity to change into Batman, then returns to the spot to give Batgirl a hand. Killer Moth uses his silk gun to web Batgirl to the side of Bruce's car, and then escapes with his underlings. Batman pulls Batgirl free and introductions are made between the two.

The following day, Bruce Wayne receives a letter in the mail. Killer Moth wants him to pay 100,000 or else he will murder him. Bruce consults with Dick Grayson and the two lay a trap for Killer Moth.

That evening, Barbara Gordon leaves the library where she works. She has acquired a rare book that she intends on selling to Bruce Wayne. As she arrives at Wayne Manor, she finds Bruce lying dead in his study, with Killer Moth and his goons hovering above him. She hurriedly changes into Batgirl and leaps into the study. She fights off all three men at once, but once again, they succeed in escaping. Batman and Robin appear and tell her that the body of Bruce Wayne is actually just a dummy. They were laying a trap for Killer Moth in the hopes of tracking him back to his lair, but Batgirl spoiled their plans. Fortunately, Batgirl had planted a tracer on the Mothmobile so they can easily trail their foes back to Moth Mansion.

Batman and Robin arrive at the mansion first and enter through the front foyer. They suddenly discover that the room is in fact a gravity-well and they begin floating towards the ceiling. Batgirl follows in behind them and uses magnetic boots to keep herself on the floor. She disables the gravity-well, setting the caped crusaders free.

Batgirl manages to find the secret closet panel where Killer Moth is hiding. Batman and Robin each knock him out with one solid punch. After taking the villain to prison, they say goodbye to Batgirl wondering when, or if, they will ever meet her again. - DC Comics


"The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!"

Script: Gardner Fox
Pencils: Carmine Infantino
Inks: Sid Greene

"Riddle of the Sleepytime Taxi!"

Script: Gardner Fox
Pencils: Murphy Anderson
Inks: Murphy Anderson

Price Guide Value: 2.0 = $24 to 9.2 = $750

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