World’s Finest 113 – the first Bat-Mite/Mr. Mxyzptlk team-up, Miss Arrowette debuts, and Tommy Tomorrow comes to 1960

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World’s Finest 113 (Nov. 60) is a treat from cover to cover.

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Jerry Coleman, Dick Sprang and Sheldon Moldoff open the story with the first meeting of Bat-Mite and Mr. Mxyzptlk.  Bat-Mite shows up first, causing problems for Superman so that he can watch his heroes, Batman and Robin, in action.

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Mr. Mxyzptlk then show up, irked that someone else is pestering Superman.  The fact that Bat-Mite does not in any way view himself as a pest or a problem contrasts the two other-dimensional imps nicely.  They argue over which hero is superior.

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Mr. Mxyzptlk enjoys goading Bat-Mite, who hurls Batman and Robin into the path of a fire “breathing” monster, just to prove that they can beat him.  You really have to feel sorry for Batman and Robin.

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It’s Mr. Mxyzptlk’s repetition of the word pest that gives Bat-Mite his brilliant idea. He uses his magic to mess up everything that Mxyzptlk does, and the heroes keep laughing, which just annoys Superman’s foe even more.

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Mr. Mxyzptlk gets so mad that he ups and leaves, returning to his dimension.  Bat-Mite feels that he has helped the heroes win, but their stern expressions let him know there is no gratitude coming to him, and he leaves as well.

Too great a story not to have a follow-up, and this would be a “villain” team that would return many times over the years.

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Dave Wood and Lee Elias introduce champion archer Bonnie King, who adopts the identity of Miss Arrowette in this story.  She apparently feels no need for a mask, or any form of disguise, and later continuity would ascribe this to her lust for fame.

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She is cut from much the same cloth as Batwoman. She has a quiver of trick arrows, largely with a feminine “bent,” like a handkerchief arrow, and a needle and thread arrow.

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At the climax of the action she sits back, as Green Arrow commands.  But he does use her hairnet arrow to capture the bad guys.  She insists that she will not become Miss Arrowette again, agreeing with Green Arrow that it is too dangerous.  He has his doubts about her sincerity.  These are merited, as she returns to action the following year.

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Tommy Tomorrow pursues a felon back in time to the “present” in this story by Jack Miller and Jim Mooney.

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Tommy encounters a young boy on a toy fire engine a couple of times during the course of the tale.  He briefly gets tossed into prison, assumed to be insane, but escapes with ease, thanks to his future tech.

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As the story ends, Tommy learns that the boy has the same name he does, probably making him an ancestor of Tommy.

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