Retro Comic Book Flashback: December 1967

From View Obscura Comics

Batman #197 - December 1967 Issue - DC Comics

4th Silver Age appearance of Catwoman in book-length story, "Catwoman Sets Her Claws for Batman!"

Script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Frank Springer, inks by Sid Greene.

Vowing to win Batman's heart over a conception that Batgirl is competition to these ends, Catwoman begins prowling the city capturing crooks and helping out Batman in order to make Batgirl look bad. Batgirl, using her detective skills figures the next robbery would be a eastern treasure known as the Catafalque, and rushes to the museum to find that Catwoman is already there. During the fight with the thieves, Catwoman secretly causes Batgirl to botch her attempt to stop the crooks, allowing Catwoman to do the honors to make Batgirl look bad when Batman and Robin ultimately arrive.

Later, Batman, Robin, Batgirl and Catwoman all appear at the Gotham Coin Chateau to stop crooks from robbing the place. In the middle of the fight, it turns out to be a trap orchestrated by Catwoman in order to knock Batman out and learn his secret identity, however this is foiled by a special paint that Batman placed under his mask to protect his identity still. The heroes eventually revive themselves and Batgirl has the honors of defeating Catwoman. With Catwoman in custody, Batgirl explains how Catwoman orchestrated events before leaving the Dynamic Duo to take Catwoman to jail.

The Flash #175 - December 1967 - DC Comics

Cover pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Mike Esposito. The Race to the End of the Universe, script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Ross Andru, inks by Mike Esposito.

Two villains who appear to be the interplanetary gamblers Rokk and Sorban hold the Justice League hostage and force Superman and Flash to run a race, with the loser’s home city to be destroyed.

Amazing Spider-Man #55 - December 1967 Issue - Marvel Comics

"Doc Ock Wins." Script by Stan Lee, pencils by John Romita Sr., inks by Mike Esposito as "Mickey Demeo." Romita cover.

Wanting to get revenge on Dr. Octopus for putting his Aunt May in the hospital, Spider-Man begins tracking down the various lairs of his henchmen to try and locate his enemy. Dr. Octopus appears on a monitor screen and taunts Spider-Man that he will not be caught before he launches his latest scheme. Returning to his civilian guise, Peter visits his Aunt May in the hospital, then goes with Mary Jane to his aunts home to assess the damage, when they're joined by Gwen Stacy. Later that night, Dr. Octopus attacks a shipment of a new weapon nullifier device being transported by the military. When Parker is nowhere to be found, Jameson has his home called even though it's 3:00 in the morning, the call is not received very well by Harry Osborn. When Peter tries to stop Dr. Octopus from stealing the device, they fight across a lab owned by Stark Industries. The fight is ultimately ended when Dr. Octopus uses the device on Spider-Man, causing him to be struck with amnesia. Deciding to capitalize on this good fortune, Dr. Octopus convinces Spider-Man that he is a criminal in the employ of Dr. Octopus.

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