Batman (1985 mini-series) #1-5 [SET] — Shadow of the Batman


Shadow of the Batman is a five-issue limited series published under DC's Deluxe format. 

The series reprinted the Classic Steve Englehart / Marshall Rogers stories originally printed in Detective Comics #469-479.

The series also reprinted the "Tales of the Great Disaster" vignettes that were originally published in issues #51-52 of Weird War Tales.



Collecting the five-issue mini-series.



Shadow of The Batman (1985 mini-series) #1 (of 5)
By Steve Englehart & Walter Simonson / Al Milgrom. 
"By Death's Eerie Light!", "The Origin of Doctor Phosphorus" and "The Master Plan of Doctor Phosphorus!"
Gotham City’s water supply is poisoned, and Batman tracks down the cause of the problem, a villain named Dr. Phosphorus with an “X-ray skeleton”  The Fist Appearance of Dr. Phosphorus.  Then, Dr. Phosphorus breaks into the home of Gotham City Council member Dr. Bell and reveals his origin to him. Phosphorus was once Dr. Alex Sartorius, who was transformed by sand irradiated during a nuclear plant’s meltdown, driven up one element on the chemical table, from silicon to phosphorus.  Next, Batman continues his search for Dr. Phosphorus as the radioactive villain terrorizes Gotham.  Finally,  A Satanist builds a Disneyland-like arena which he calls Hell Park and invites a famous evangelist to attend in an effort to confront the man with the evils within himself.  Reprinting Detective Comics #469-470 (1937), plus "Hell Park" from House of Mystery #274 by J.M. DeMatteis & Marshall Rogers.
Shadow of The Batman (1985 mini-series) #2 (of 5)
By Steve Englehart & Marshal Rodgers / Terry Austin. 
"The Dead Yet Live" and "I Am the Batman!"
Bruce Wayne goes to the “sanitarium” of a Dr. Todhunter to seek treatment from his radiation burns. Soon, the Batman discovers that Dr. Todhunter is his old foe Dr. Hugo Strange, who manages to unmask him and learn his secret identity.  Then, Robin manages to rescue Alfred and Bruce Wayne from Hugo Strange’s clutches. But Strange himself is captured by Rupert Thorne’s men after he attempts to auction off the secret of Batman’s identity.  Reprinting Detective Comics # 471-472 (1937). 
Shadow of The Batman (1985 mini-series) #3 (of 5)
By Steve Englehart & Marshal Rodgers / Terry Austin. 
"The Malay Penguin" and "The Deadshot Ricochet"
Batman and Robin are outlawed by the city council, but continue to operate to foil a grand theft by the Penguin.  Then, when the Penguin is tossed in the same cell as Floyd Lawton, also know as Deadshot, he makes the mistake of providing an escape for Deadshot instead of himself!  Now, Batman will find himself in Deadshot's sights!  Reprinting Detective Comics # 473-474 (1937).
Shadow of The Batman (1985 mini-series) #4 (of 5)
By Steve Englehart & Marshal Rodgers / Terry Austin. 
"The Laughing Fish” and "Sign of the Joker!"
As Batman struggles with the Decision to Reveal his identity to Silver St. Cloud, a new Menace appears at the Gotham Docks... All of the Fish have the Face of The Joker!  Then, The Joker wants to Copyright his New Jokerfish, and He'll Kill anyone who stands in his way!  Reprinting Detective Comics # 475-476 (1937).
Shadow of The Batman (1985 mini-series) #5 (of 5)
By Steve Englehart & Marshal Rodgers / Dick Giordano. 
"The Coming of... Clayface III!" and "If a Man be Made of Clay" 
As Batman struggles to find Balance between his Duties and a Personal Life for Bruce Wayne, a mysterious hooded figure breaks into the Gotham branch of S.T.A.R. Labs and tries to steal an experimental device. The night watchman, tries to stop the thief, but the cowled criminal turns on him, using the corrosive touch from his fingers to turn the guard into a mass of protoplasm. Then, Batman fights Clayface all over Gotham Citry to defeat him and retrieve the Device.  Reprinting Detective Comics # 478-479 (1937).