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Ace the Bat-Hound (DC)(Earth-2 - Pre Crisis)
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When would-be counterfeiters kidnapped engraver John Wilker, Batman and Robin launched an investigation. They saved Wilker's abandoned German shepherd, Ace, from drowning in a river, and used the dog's innate tracking abilities to help locate his master. During the search, Bruce Wayne also placed an ad for Ace's master. Given the distinctive diamond-shaped mark on Ace's forehead, Wayne hoped someone would recognize the dog and provide some useful information. Sure enough, one of Wilker's neighbors gave Bruce a vital clue.

Wayne was also concerned that people might associate Ace and his distinctive diamond mark with Batman and his true identity; as a result, he quickly fashioned a black hood and bat-symbol collar, and Ace joined the Dynamic Duo. A criminal tracked by the cowled canine soon dubbed him Ace the Bat-Hound.
Wilker's kidnappers were attempting to steal ink from the Eastern Printing -Ink Company when the crime fighters caught up to them, only to be subdued during the fight. Fashioning a crude Bat-Signal from cloth and a flashlight, Batman managed to summon Ace, who gnawed through Robin's bonds, freeing the heroes and allowing them to defeat the counterfeiters.

Wilker loaned Ace to Batman for numerous cases over the next few months. When Wilker took a new job that required him to travel frequently, Wayne finally adopted the dog. By then Batman had added a receiver to Ace's collar that used an ultra-high-frequency sound to summon the canine. Ace went on frequent adventures with the Dynamic Duo, and worked alongside Batwoman as well. Bat-Mite, the magical imp from another dimension, once bequeathed Ace temporary superpowers, with disastrous results.


First Appearance: Star Spangled Comics (1941) #100

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Issue Appearances:
Ambush Bug (1985)
Animal Man (1988)
Batman (1940)
Batman In The Fifties (2002)
Batman In The Sixties (1999)
Batman: The Black Casebook (2009)
Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told (2005)
DC Comics Classics Library (2009)
Detective Comics (1937)
Robin, The Boy Wonder: A Celebration of 75 Years (2015)
Showcase Presents: Ambush Bug (2009)
Star Spangled Comics (1941)
The Batman Family (1975)

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