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My Alibi
My Alibi Club1
General Information
Official name: My Alibi Bar and Grill
Created by: Chuck Dixon
First Appearance: Detective Comics #679

November 1994

Galaxy: Milky Way
Star System: Sol
Planet: Earth
Country: United States of America
State: New Jersey
Locale: Gotham City
"Cute, huh? This place has unraveled more than one felony case. Drinks, snacks, and a dozen people to vouch for your whereabouts during the Morrison Street Massacre."
Dick Grayson[1]

My Alibi Bar and Grill is a seedy underworld bar near the outskirts of Gotham City. It was frequented by small-time hoods, petty criminals, and failed supervillains, who met there to look for work or trade gossip. Regular patrons of My Alibi included Killer Moth, the Polka-Dot Man, and Firefly. Batman often visited the bar in the guise of Matches Malone.

HistoryEdit

My Alibi was first seen briefly during the "Prodigal" story arc, as a bar attended by Two-Face. It was later mentioned by Tim Drake as one of several dive bars in the Robin/Argent Double-Shot, also written by Chuck Dixon.

It was first prominently featured as the usual meeting place for three crooks: Titus, Spinnell, and Leo, who meet there by night for brainstorming future heists. It also hosts a wide variety of other unsavory characters from all over the city, such as Mac MacFindley, who manages illegal lotteries in Gotham's Tricorner district, and "Happy Haskins", a mobster wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Both MacFindley, Haskins, and two of My Alibi's other regulars are missing, having been placed behind bars by Batman. This unsettles Spinnell, who is convinced the Dark Knight has all the patrons under surveillance. Titus and Leo are, however, more skeptical. Spinnell's Batman stories do nothing to dissuade them from their planned hijacking of an outbound electronics shipment leaving Gotham later that night with a half a million dollars' worth of appliances. However, during the hijacking in question, a chain of circumstantial events lead the trio to believe they are being pursued by Batman. Leo knocks himself unconscious, Spinnell flees in their getaway car, and Titus escapes back to My Alibi. He demands assistance from the other crooks there, but once they hear Batman is apparently on his tail they scatter. Titus is picked up by Batman later that night. This results in the enhancement of the Dark Knight's mystique. Before long, dozens of exaggerated Batman stories are being told at My Alibi, and the patrons there drink in fear of being stalked and beaten by the mysterious vigilante. It is revealed that Batman is indeed a regular there himself, eavesdropping on the other crooks in his guise of low-level underworld figure Matches Malone. (Batman: Gotham Knights #19, September 2001)

Killer Moth visited My Alibi after suffering a series of setbacks due to an ill-fated kidnapping attempt on Bruce Wayne, which was foiled by the fledgling heroine Batgirl. His failure to secure a ransom for Wayne led to his being beaten up by loan sharks, as Moth was heavily in debt with local crimelord Anthony Bressi, and his gang deserting him. He intended to drink away his misfortune, but met another unemployed criminal, Garfield Lynns, at the bar. After hearing Moth fantasize about killing Batman and Batgirl, Lynns agreed to become his protégé and help him get his revenge. (Batgirl: Year One #5, June 2003)

Shortly after beginning his career as Nightwing, Dick Grayson introduced Batgirl to several known underworld haunts in Gotham City, including My Alibi. Their arrival sparked a massive brawl which resulted in the Polka-Dot Man being pitched through a window. (Nightwing #104, April 2005)

GalleryEdit

See My Alibi/Gallery

In other mediaEdit

My Alibi is featured prominently in the 2013 video game Batman: Arkham Origins. This depiction of the nightclub has it located in Gotham's northern Coventry district. Batman breaks into the establishment's lounge to confront one of Bane's henchmen, Bird.

FootnotesEdit

  1. Nightwing #104, April 2005 by Dixon & Beatty

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