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Batman has gotten involved with many strange women over the years. But none has been as delightfully strange as Patricia Powell, Policewoman...


Some notes before I begin. This is my first Scans_Daily post on dreamwidth--I originally posted these scans on the first version of Scans_Daily, back when it was on livejournal (you may remember me as Senordildo, named in honor of the Earl of Rochester). I have rechecked the scans to make sure they fall under the 1/3 rule (various bits and pieces that add to up about 4 pages from a 13 page story, and 2.5 pages from another 13 pager). Now, on with the show!

Patricia Powell first appeared in Batman #165 (August 1964), in "The Dilemma of the Detective's Daughter!", written by Ed "France" Herron and penciled by Sheldon Moldoff, with inks by Joe Giella.

Batman is giving the graduation speech at Gotham City's Police Academy ("I want to stress the value of your physical fitness training, which I can best do by recounting one of my own cases!"). Eventually he finishes yakking...




And now lots of boring plot gets in the way...too bad, since this kooky little love story is the sort of thing a surrealist might come up with on his day off. Professor Smedley, an expert in explosives, gets kidnapped by some gangsters. But have no fear, Policeman Powell is on the case, along with Batman!

"'ll notice there's not a single ashtray or pipe in the room! Smedley obviously doesn't smoke--so why should he have a can of tobacco? Let's see what's inside," says Batman.
"That's what I get for thinking of Bruce Wayne--I overlooked the obvious!" says Pat.

Everything turns out hunky-dory, and the professor is rescued by the Bat-Pat team.


The Patricia Powell saga resumes in Batman #166, by the same team. Join us for "A Rendezvous with Robbery!"

Of course, just when Bruce and Pat are about to finally meet, someone tries to rob the ball with land-mines (ain't that always the way!):

Pat naturally gets onto the robbers' trail lickety-split:
"...everything he wore was expensive, and imported and sold only at a couple of exclusive Gotham City stores!" (So she tracks him down through his tailor.)
"Terrific deduction, Pat!" says Batman. "But now the big question--how can you be following the crooks? They didn't leave a marked trail!"
"No time for that Batman," says Pat. "We're almost here!"

The robbers are swiftly foiled, and we move to the end...

So what happens next? We'll never know, because there was no follow-up story! In the best surrealist tradition of continually frustrating desire in increasingly maddening ways, Patricia Powell never appeared again!! AAAAAAARRRGGGHHHH!! Though Ed "Why the fuck was he called France?" Herron wrote a couple of later Bat-stories, he never again returned to his most tantalizing creator. So let the word go forth to a new generation of Bat-writers: bring back Patricia Powell! Don't leave us hanging for another 47 years!!! Continue the craziness!!!

Ah well. And now here's a clip from Lipstick on Your Collar that tells the moral of the story:

Date: 2011-01-18 01:49 am (UTC)
golden_orange: trust me, i'm wearing a vegetable. (Default)
From: [personal profile] golden_orange
Oh, those crazy women and their inexplicable crush-lapses.

Date: 2011-01-18 02:35 am (UTC)
halloweenjack: (Default)
From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
I think that that's the only time I've seen Bats with a circular (or nearly-circular; it seems to vary throughout the strip) logo.

Date: 2011-01-18 03:05 am (UTC)
aaron_bourque: default (Default)
From: [personal profile] aaron_bourque
Crazy wimmins?

Date: 2011-01-18 05:52 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] darkknightjrk
Quick! Send these comics to Morrison--STAT! :D

Date: 2011-01-18 06:13 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Yeah, I own that collection, and that's one of the more inexplicable things in it - there's this big wind-up to something that never pays off! It's a shame, too, because Pat Powell is arguably one of the few non-superheroic women Bats knows who could potentially deal with his being Batman - after all, she's a crimefighter, too, and a good one. (Probably not a great idea to team her up with her dad like that, though - I could be wrong, but I'm fairly certain there are regulations forbidding that sort of thing.)
Also - man, I've gotta look up 'Lipstick on your Collar' after that clip - until the end, I was thinking it was just a really nifty music video, but no, it's a miniseries! Is it any good?

Date: 2011-01-18 06:29 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
Probably not available for me, then. Damn. Still, it might be on Netflix - I'll check.

Date: 2011-01-18 06:58 am (UTC)
perletwo: batman (batman - stars)
From: [personal profile] perletwo
So, Pat Powell is the female Shawn Spencer?

Date: 2011-01-18 08:38 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] whitesycamore
I love the way everyone speaks in this. Maybe the world would be a better place if we all spoke in precise expository statements that briefly outlined our feelings and motivations?

Date: 2011-01-18 10:36 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
You mean you don't?

Date: 2011-01-18 02:33 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] whitesycamore
No; I confabulate, prevaricate, bloviate and lie! You can't just use simple language to clearly state your feelings and intentions. That's cheating.

And to use a real life example, "I'm concerned about something - I have unexpected lapses where I can think of nothing but sandwiches/sex/Jason Todd" is honest, but probably better left unsaid.

Date: 2011-01-18 03:59 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Robin oh THIS is going to end well)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
And I'm sure that there was absolutely NOTHING Freudian in your use of "Jason Todd sex sandwich" as a comparison.

Date: 2011-01-18 06:07 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] whitesycamore
I'm afraid there's been a misunderstanding - the Jason Todd-sex-sandwich lapses are a completely different matter. For a start, they're not unexpected.

Date: 2011-01-18 09:35 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Of course, just when Bruce and Pat are about to finally meet, someone tries to rob the ball with land-mines

Bet the robbers had nothing to so with the land-mines and just took the credit.... Robin can a jealous little sod at times you know.

Date: 2011-01-18 08:06 pm (UTC)
star_of_airdrie: (Default)
From: [personal profile] star_of_airdrie
I've got to say that the land-mine approach to crime is woefully under utilized... I smell a fanfic coming on...

Date: 2011-01-18 10:45 am (UTC)
sadoeuphemist: (Default)
From: [personal profile] sadoeuphemist
"Right between the eyes! Good shooting!"

Date: 2011-01-18 10:59 am (UTC)
kusonaga: (Batman and Stacy)
From: [personal profile] kusonaga
I love Bats saying "Right between the eyes! Good shooting!".

Date: 2011-01-18 12:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
Inner monologue: It would've been quicker for Mom and Dad if Chill had gotten between the eyes... instead I was forced to watch while they spent their last few minutes on Earth bleeding to death, twitching...

Date: 2011-01-18 12:37 pm (UTC)
greenmask: (Default)
From: [personal profile] greenmask
Batman had her relocated and gave her a new identity because he was sure that she would have already figured out his ID?

Date: 2011-01-18 04:03 pm (UTC)
greenmask: (Default)
From: [personal profile] greenmask
But surely she would have come out of a trance with Batman's head where Bruce's had just been in her memory, which may well have led to exclamations. She's a good detective alright, but it never mentions whether she can keep a secret, or NOT react to what she's just discovered..

Date: 2011-01-18 05:02 pm (UTC)
greenmask: (Default)
From: [personal profile] greenmask
Now that would have been amusing.

Date: 2011-01-18 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thelazyreader
Has Batman been involved with other policewomen? Besides Barbara Gordon from the DCAU?

Date: 2011-01-18 08:23 pm (UTC)
kaete: pixie (Default)
From: [personal profile] kaete
Despite being rather dated, I quite like her!

And it's interesting having a romantic lead who is madly in love with "Clark Kent" instead of Superman, as it were.

Date: 2011-01-18 08:26 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
I think Clark had someone like that too, I just can't recall their name (and no, it wasn't Jimmy, they just lived together for a while)

Date: 2011-01-19 12:32 am (UTC)
perletwo: a man can fly (superman fly)
From: [personal profile] perletwo
I vaguely recall seeing that at one of the previous s_d's. Wasn't there something a bit celebrity-stalkerish about that one, though, or am I confusing two different minor characters?

Date: 2011-01-19 12:41 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Yes, that rings a bell... oh, and it might be worth mentioning Mayson Drake, a DA in "Lois and Clark" who fancied Clark, but had no time for Superman.

Date: 2016-05-18 07:46 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jmacq1
IIRC Cat Grant actually had an attraction to Clark Kent in the post-Crisis era.

I believe there have been a couple others albeit not as prevalent/in (Earth) One-offs.

Date: 2011-01-18 08:26 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Robin Don Newton)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Hmmm... so, after recounting one of the stories highlighting his superb physique and physical prowess, Batman receives "A round of lusty applause"? From an almost entirely male audience?

Good thing he didn't tell the story about the time he and Robin infiltrated a nudist colony to hunt down a criminal Greco-Roman wrestler, there might have been a riot!

Date: 2011-01-18 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thelazyreader
Issue number, NOW.

Date: 2011-01-18 10:36 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Now do you honestly think that ANY actual picture could be better than the mental images running through your head right now?

Batman and Robin slowly and carefully taking their clothes off in the sauna... before gently but firmly massaging oil into their beautifully defined pectorals... and sliding careful yet manly hands up and down those lithe, muscular legs before happily engaging in some healthy, virile masculine wrestling, seeking inquisitively with their strong yet tender fingers for some new hold on their opponent?

Date: 2011-01-18 10:36 pm (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Oh, all right, there is THIS from Batman 38

Date: 2011-01-19 05:24 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] thelazyreader
Is it just me or did Batman comics of that era ooze gay overtones?


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