World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Batman/Houdini: The Devil's Workshop

Article Id: WHEBN0010077082
Reproduction Date:

Title: Batman/Houdini: The Devil's Workshop  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Tom Mix, List of Elseworlds publications, List of Batman comics, Mark Chiarello, John Francis Moore (comics)
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Batman/Houdini: The Devil's Workshop

Batman/Houdini: The Devil's Workshop
Publisher Elseworlds (DC Comics)
Format One-shot
Genre Template:Plainlist
Number of issues 1
Main character(s) Batman
Houdini
Creative team
Writer(s) Howard Chaykin
John Francis Moore
Artist(s) Mark Chiarello
Letterer(s) Ken Bruzenak
Colorist(s) Mark Chiarello
Editor(s) Dennis O'Neil
Collected editions
Batman/Houdini: The Devil's Workshop ISBN 1-56389-113-1

Batman/Houdini: The Devil's Workshop is a 1993 Elseworlds one-shot, written by Howard Chaykin and John Francis Moore, with full-painted art by Mark Chiarello. The story recounts a fictional encounter between the superhero Batman and famous escape artist Harry Houdini in early 20th century Gotham.

Characters

Plot

In the Winter of 1907 children are going missing from the poorest part of Gotham, known as "the Devil's Workshop". The culprit is a grinning white-faced ghoul named Jack Schadenfreude.

Meanwhile, Harry Houdini is in town for a performance and mingles with Gotham's elite. Amongst them is Bruce Wayne, from an Old Money background, and Elijah Montenegro, the nouveau riche, self-styled "Beef Baron". Also in town are other notables, specifically Tom Mix and Leonora Reinhardt. All the high society events are being documented for the "Gotham Globe" by Victoria Vale.

Vale and Wayne attend Reinhardt’s performance as the lead in Medea, where they meet the Baron again. They are then invited to a séance to be held by Reinhardt. An invitation also extended to Houdini, who has an interest in the paranormal. The séance is apparently a success, leading the three to conclude something genuinely supernatural is going on.

The abductions are traced to Montenegro’s meat factory and it soon becomes apparent that everything is somehow connected.

The story is narrated by Houdini. He contrasts his own poor upbringing with that of Bruce Wayne. It also highlights Batman's comparatively poor lock picking and escapological skills, as he learned a number of his skills from studying Houdini's work.

Publication

The story was published as a 64 page, prestige format one-shot by DC Comics (ISBN 1563891131)

Awards

See also

Notes

References

  • Grand Comics Database
  • "Batman/Houdini: The Devil's Workshop" at the Comic Book DB
Template:Batman publications/Clear
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.