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This story got brought up in the comments to my "A Date With Batgirl" post: Batman tries to help his bro Superman hook-up, with disappointing results.
"Wild Week-End in Washington", Superman #268, 1973 (4 pages from a 14-page story).

Batman hopes that Babs will help Clark "loosen up". When BATMAN is telling you you're too uptight, you probably ought to listen.

(The comment about Batman not using the Batcave anymore refers to the fact that after Robin left for college, he and Alfred moved base from Wayne Manor to a penthouse apartment in the Wayne Foundation building.)

(Curt Swan draws a super-cute Babs. I really love that green stripey dress.)

The goons are actually agents of MAZE, a freelance spy organization that steals top secret information and sells it to the highest bidder. They overheard Clark's outburst and are very interested in this whole "Solar Disintegrator" stuff. Clark can't fight back without giving away his secret identity, so he lets himself be captured.

When Babs hears that Clark has disappeared, she digs out her old Batgirl costume and gets to work tracking him down. She finds the hidden MAZE base and breaks in, which distracts the guards long enough for Clark to slip out of sight and go into action as Superman. Supes and BG mop the place up, and Superman quickly grabs the unconscious MAZE boss (who happens to be wearing a similar blue suit) and pretends he's rushing "Clark" to the hospital, so Batgirl won't suspect anything.

So, not much in the way of romantic sparks, but at least they part on good terms.

Superman realizes that Batman accidentally activated the Golden Eye while he was handling it, causing his remark about Senator Cleary to become a post-hypnotic suggestion. So it's a big EPIC FAIL for Batman all around, I guess. Stick to posing dramatically on rooftops, Bats, and leave magic and matchmaking to the experts...

Date: 2012-02-14 12:12 am (UTC)
shadowpsykie: Terra is Scared (TerraTerror)
From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
.... ican't ship these two... i can't..... but there they are... being all cute and shiz....

Date: 2012-02-16 01:17 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gerardotejada
Your Comment+Your Avater= too much epic awsome win

Date: 2012-02-16 01:18 am (UTC)
shadowpsykie: (Happy Willow)
From: [personal profile] shadowpsykie
teehee thanks :D

Date: 2012-02-14 12:29 am (UTC)
icon_uk: (Default)
From: [personal profile] icon_uk
Clark and Babs... I'm glad there weren't sparks because I really couldn't see that one lasting.

I admit I got confused as to who knew whose identity for a good chunk of the 1970's and 1980's, especially once you factored in that Jimmy Olsen knew the IDS of Batman and Robin but not Superman.

Date: 2012-02-14 02:02 am (UTC)
citygod: (Default)
From: [personal profile] citygod
I rather like this chummy version of Batman - can we have him back?
And Babs green mini-dress and white collar and cuffs? Awesome. Curt Swan, fashionista ftw.

Date: 2012-02-14 08:01 am (UTC)
lbd_nytetrayn: Star Force Dragonzord Power! (Default)
From: [personal profile] lbd_nytetrayn
The idea of moving the Bat-operations to Wayne Enterprises is a neat one, and sort of like what they did in The Dark Knight, isn't it?

Anything else of interest happen there?

And how did Barbara become a Senator, anyway?

Date: 2012-02-14 06:03 pm (UTC)
kenn_el: Northstar_Hmm (Default)
From: [personal profile] kenn_el
Also, Babs wasn't in the Senate, but was rather a Representative. She lost her bid for re-election after the Bat Family/Detective run. I'm assuming we didn't get to read about her ethics violations, what with dating lobbyists and bedding pages!

Date: 2012-02-14 01:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nyadnar17
I really love the idea of Batman trying to do Commissioner Gordon a solid by setting up his daughter on a date with Superman. Would really like to see more of that.

Date: 2012-02-16 01:24 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gerardotejada
He also set up Superman to Batgirl (geez you think that him activating that device was a "fail"?)

Batman set up Clark for two diferent dates! (He still didnt know Babs was batgirl)

Date: 2012-02-14 02:13 pm (UTC)
lieut_kettch: (Default)
From: [personal profile] lieut_kettch
If these two ever ended up together, The Killing Joke would've been a really short book.


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