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"My City Burns at Both Ends -- It Will Not Last the Night!"
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General Information
Series: Batman
Issue Number: 318
First Published: December 1979
Previous Issue: Batman #317
Next Issue: Batman #319


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"My City Burns at Both Ends -- It Will Not Last the Night!"Edit

Batman rescues a girl from a burning tenement and notices a costumed figure atop the building. He swings back up to make contact with the villain, who introduces himself as the Firebug and shoots napalm from his fingertips to keep Batman at a distance. The Firebug thanks Batman for saving the girl and says, "That damned building has done enough killing!" By the time Batman can staunch the fire with a foam pellet, the Firebug is gone. Later, while Bruce Wayne is dancing with Selina Kyle, who suffers a strange headache, the Firebug, in his civilian identity of Joey Rigger, reviews the fate of his father, mother, and sister. All had been killed by defects in the tenement buildings they lived in. Joey himself went to Vietnam, where he was trained as a demolitions expert. He thus gained the know-how to fashion the weaponry of the Firebug, which he uses to burn down the buildings which took his family's lives. Checking with Commissioner Gordon, Batman runs down correlations on the two buildings the Firebug has torched, guesses that he is Joey Rigger, and finds from a magazine page in his deserted apartment that his next target will be the Gotham State Building. Batman confronts the Firebug there, disarming a bomb and fending off his napalm with a fireproofed costume. The battle carries them up to the observation deck, where the Firebug, in a suicidal frenzy, deactivates his costume's safety devices and lunges at Batman. The caped hero sidesteps, and the Firebug burns through the observation deck restraining fence, falling off the building. His napalm tanks explode seconds before he would have hit the pavement. Elsewhere, Lucius Fox considers Gregorian Falstaff's offer of employment, and two English crooks break into a rich man's tomb in Gotham's Eternal Gate Cemetery, looking for a buried treasure and finding the Gentleman Ghost.

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