Detective Comics #359 January 1967 “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!”
Barbara Gordon, daughter of Gotham City police commissioner,
James Gordon, prepares to attend a policeman’s charity
masquerade ball. She designs a costume in the style of Batman
and names herself, Batgirl.
As she arrives at the country club, she finds a villain named
Killer Moth and his Moth-Men attacking one of the guests,
Bruce Wayne. Batgirl dives into them, giving Wayne a chance to
escape. Bruce takes this opportunity to change into Batman,
then returns to the spot to give Batgirl a hand. Killer Moth uses
his silk gun to web Batgirl to the side of Bruce’s car, and then
escapes with his underlings. Batman pulls Batgirl free and
introductions are made between the two.
The following day, Bruce Wayne receives a letter in the mail.
Killer Moth wants him to pay 100,000 or else he will murder
him. Bruce consults with Dick Grayson and the two lay a trap
for Killer Moth.
That evening, Barbara Gordon leaves the library where she
works. She has acquired a rare book that she intends on selling
to Bruce Wayne. As she arrives at Wayne Manor, she finds
Bruce lying dead in his study, with Killer Moth and his goons
hovering above him. She hurriedly changes into Batgirl and leaps
into the study. She fights off all three men at once, but once
again, they succeed in escaping. Batman and Robin appear and
tell her that the body of Bruce Wayne is actually just a dummy.
They were laying a trap for Killer Moth in the hopes of tracking
him back to his lair, but Batgirl spoiled their plans. Fortunately,
Batgirl had planted a tracer on the Mothmobile so they can
easily trail their foes back to Moth Mansion.
Batman and Robin arrive at the mansion first and enter through the front
foyer. They suddenly discover that the room is in fact a
gravity-well and they begin floating towards the ceiling. Batgirl follows in
behind them and uses magnetic boots to keep herself on the
floor. She disables the gravity-well, setting the caped crusaders free.
taking the villain to prison, they say goodbye to Batgirl wondering when, or if, they will ever meet her again. – DC Comics
“The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl!”
Script: Gardner Fox
Pencils: Carmine Infantino
Inks: Sid Greene
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