|First Published:||September 1980|
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Batman records from the sedative, frees himself from his strait-jacket, picks the lock of his cell door, and prowls about the halls of Arkham Asylum. He can find no clue as to who is responsible for the prisoner-escaping racket, not knowing that Milo is a criminal and an old foe of his. He returns to his cell, having been monitored on closed-circuit television by Milo, who now knows him to be the Batman in disguise. Milo later has Batman, disguised as Shank Taylor, brought to him and explains that the real director is now in a padded cell.
Milo's current scheme is to release certain Arkham inmates, have them rob for him using their specialized talents, and readmit them to the asylum after the jobs are done. When he offers "Taylor" the chance to commit jewel robberies for him, Batman refuses, but collapses later from a secretly-administered drug. Batman awakens to find himself in costume and confined in a new strait-jacket from which he cannot escape. Milo and the other inmates surround him and try to convince him he is a madman who thinks he is really Batman.
The ploy almost works until Batman notices in a mirror that his pupils are dilated, and deduces that he is still drugged. Batman takes out two of Milo's guards even while bound, convinces "Joan of Arc", another inmate, to cut him free, and goes after Milo. The villain emerges from his office in a protective suit and helmet, and smashes a vial of insanity-producing gas. Batman backs off. The other inmates surround and beat Milo, breaking his helmet. When the gas dissipates, Batman finds that Milo is a victim of his own formula, now hopelessly insane.
"Express to Nowhere"Edit
Bruce Wayne meets Dick Grayson, home for a college break, at Gotham's train depot, and both are offered a drink or two by John Taggart, vice-president of Taggart Train Lines, which is suffering from the economic recession. Bruce declines, seeing two crooks, "Shark" Armstrong and "Frankie" Franconi, boarding another train. He and Dick become Batman and Robin, hitching a ride on the train. They note the train is pulling out a half-hour early, which is unlikely, since the trains are routed by computer. Batman tells Robin the computer must have been tampered with.
The thugs are in search of Joe "the Canary" Carson, a stool pigeon scheduled to testify before a Gotham grand jury on the next day. Batman and Robin rescue Carson and defeat the hoods, and Batman manages to slow the train to a stop by puncturing its fuel tank. They later confront John Taggart at Gotham Depot, accuse him of selling out to hoods who wanted Carson silenced and of tampering with the computer himself, and capture him.