In honor of Mr.Silver Age entering this forum, I offer this topic.
As I was flipping through some "Showcase Presents" volumes, I got to "SP: Batman, Volume 2". With its artwork alternating from Carmine Infantino to *ahem* Bob Kane, it presented such great villains like Poison Ivy, Blockbuster and the Outsider to lame ones like the Eraser, Mister ESPer and the Birdmaster. The stories ranged from thrilling to clever to corny.
However, one story just kicked me in the ...shins. From "Detective" #355 (S'66), we meet the Hooded Hangman. Now we could hope that he was an evil take-off of the MLJ Hangman, but we're not that lucky. No, this Hangman is a professional wrestler and a masked one, at that. Apparently, on the Silver Age Earth-One, pro wrestling is a legitimate sport, viewed by an arena filled by men in suits, including Bruce Wayne. The Hooded Hangman wrestles with one stipulation. If he is defeated, his opponent can unmask him and reveal his true identity which seems to be the greatest mystery in sports. Too bad they didn't have the Internet back then. He has a chokehold called the Hangman's Knot that secures his undefeated streak.
Bruce and Dick actually talk about using their deductive skills to find out who this guy really is!! I guess they already solved the Jugde Crater and Amelia Earhart cases. Anyhow, Batman, solo, finds the Hooded Hangman near a robbery scene, tries to stop him and gets his grandfather-clock-to-the-Batcave cleaned by his opponent's wrestling moves. He didn't even use a steel chair!
Of course, there is a strange and convoluted plot going on that our Caped Crusader figures out and is victorious but it's their second encounter that almost made me choke on a pretzel. Responding to a call for help, Batman enters an alley only to find that the Hooded Hangman is there. Again they fight and after Batman escapes the Hangman's full-nelson and wallops him a couple of good ones, the Hangman darts through a door on the side of the building, locking it behind him and escapes.
Let me repeat this: He gets up, walks through a wooden door and eludes the Dark Knight by locking it. Batman does NOT try to break this wooden door down with a kick or anything. He does NOT use the explosives, acids or laser that are in his fabled utility belt. He doesn't even knock! He just stands there and is stymied by this impenetrable locked door!
Was he having an off day? Maybe he didn't want to damage private property. Maybe he didn't want to stake out the front door to see if the Hangman leaves that way or maybe the front door was locked. too!
Sometimes it seems like the Silver Age writers coast every now and then! Can anyone think of a DC or Marvel comic that has a plotpoint or situation that just makes you scream, "That's so stupid!". Silly ones count too if they're from a serious book. No "Jimmy Olsen", "Lois Lane" or "Ant-Man" examples please!