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SECRET ORIGINS OF SWING WITH SCOOTER - PART 5 of 8
MEET THE NEW NEIGHBORS!

.RECAP: Scooter, a DC comic character inspired by the Beatles' Paul McCartney, was surrounded by a supporting cast based on the Archie gang. We met that cast last issue, and now it's time for Scooter and friends to meet their new neighbors!

And as you know, in the DC Universe, one's neighbors may sometimes be a little... strange. For example, in the DC house ad shown below, Scooter meets the Doom Patrol, Flash, and evil gorilla Monsieur Mallah, plus Batman, Robin, Lois Lane and Superman -- and this was all before a single issue of "Swing With Scooter" had ever hit the stands.

In fact, according to the house ad below, Scooter was set to debut in Showcase #62, May 1966. That never happened. Scooter actually debuted in his OWN title -- "Swing With Scooter" -- and Showcase #62 featured the Inferior Five, a superhero parody also drawn by Scooter artist Joe Orlando.
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Scooter meets... BATMAN!
(IN SWING WITH SCOOTER #3 and #4)
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.The Caped Crusader -- Batman -- showed up again, in "Swing With Scooter" #3, on the front cover (shown left), in a one-page gag story inside the book .(we'll get to that in a minute), and even on the back cover, in an ad for a Batman Aurora model kit (pictured right).

The front cover of this issue (left) shows Scooter and the gang at the beach, one of their favorite hangouts, especially in later issues of the series.

But wait ... Batman isn't on the cover, you say? Oh yes he is! Would Robby lie to you?

Look closely... on the middle-left, Malibu is shown reading an issue of the Batman comic, and on the lower right hand corner, you can see a small, portable television set that just happens to be playing the Batman TV show (which aired at night, but never mind that). See the two blowups of the cover pictured below...
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Batman was all over the front and back of this issue -- but he didn't appear inside the book until the next issue, in a single-page gag starring Sylvester, Scooter's fat, rich-but-miserly friend. From "Swing With Scooter" #4, here's how the big meeting happened, followed by a look at some of Scooter's other encounters with his new, DC Universe neighbors.
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Scooter meets... BOB HOPE and STANLEY AND HIS MONSTER!
(IN A DC HOUSE AD)

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BOB HOPE #3 BOB HOPE #72 BOB HOPE #96

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SAHM #109 SAHM #111 SAHM #112

Scooter mentions... THE SUICIDE SQUAD and THE DOOM PATROL!
(IN SWING WITH SCOOTER #8)
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BB #25 (AUG 1959) BB #26 (OCT 1959) BB #27 (DEC 1959)

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DP #90 (SEPT 1964) DP #94 (MARCH 1965) DP #121 (OCT 1968)
Scooter meets... ALFRED E. NEUMAN!
(IN SWING WITH SCOOTER #9 and #14)
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MAD #105 MAD #138 MAD #243
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Scooter (almost) meets... THE JLA and ADAM STRANGE!
(IN SWING WITH SCOOTER #5)
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BB #67 (AUG 1966) HAWKMAN #18 (FEB 1967) SA #235 (MARCH 1972)
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Although they were disappointed they didn't get the chance to meet Scooter, the JLA decided to go ahead and make him member anyway. Below is Scooter's JLA membership certificate. Luckily, Superman, Batman and Flash persuaded Hawkman to go along. What a swell bunch of guys!
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THE PRELIMINARIES ARE OVER.
It's time to examine "Swing with Scooter" issue by issue!
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