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Batman #226
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February 17th, 2014 by Rusty

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Batman #226 cover

Batman #226

Date: November 1970
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: 15¢
2014 Price Range: $6 – $80
Stats: 22 color pages plus ads, “Letters to the Batcave” and 4 page backup story
Writer: Frank Robbins
Artists: Irv Novick and Dick Giordano
Notable Notes: Origin of The Man with Ten Eyes!

Blind – But Not Powerless

Would being blind be so bad? I’m not saying I want to try it, just that blind people seem to live incredibly full lives – especially in comic books. I’ve mentioned before that when I was a little kid I would wrap a blindfold around my head and play for long stretches of time while pretending to be blind. And Daredevil doesn’t do too bad does he? In this issue Batman is temporarily blinded, and has a tangle with another blind man – but the other man has a secret that Bats doesn’t know about!

Synopsis:

In Batman #225 we got to see our dark hero solve a couple of murder mysteries. In this book he comes up against two unlikely antagonists! All the fun begins when a group of criminals jump a security guard who stands in their way of robbing a vault. He nearly bests all of them, but they get the final blow when they conk him on the head with a brick! Ouch! The guard temporarily loses his vision, and when he wakes up and makes his way inside he comes upon Batman trying to stop the crime. The guard mistakenly assumes the Bat is the criminal, and the two of them are fighting when the vault is blown up. Both men are stunned and Batman is temporarily blinded while the guard is permanently left without his sight. No problem for Batman, who visits a doctor and has Alfred to help him get around – even in his crime fighting role. The guard, however, is rescued by the true villains and taken to a doctor who does a special operation on him – he hooks the man’s sense of touch directly to his brain, effectively allowing him to “see” with all 10 of his fingers! Creepy! Anyway, he tracks down Batman, the two get into a fight and our hero is nearly defeated before figuring out what the other guy is experiencing. After finally subduing him, Bats retrieves the doctor to help solve the weird situation… but is too late as Gotham’s newest super villain has fled the scene and is now on the loose!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 4 stars – This was actually a pretty cool story, and I really enjoyed the unique idea of “finger seeing!”
  • Art: 4 stars – Overall I consider the art to be average for the time period. There were a few panels, however, that were exceptionally good!
  • Fun Factor: 4 stars – A classically fun Batman story, where our hero is confronted by a strange villain and must use all of his faculties to get the situation under control!

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