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I really like the cover for Detective 51 (May 1941).  The composition and lighting are well done, and the cape has maximum effect.  But I do wish it had been an image relating to the story inside.

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It’s not a great tale.  Finger, Kane and Robinson were churning out a lot of Batman stories, and this one has a by-the-numbers feel to it.  Bruce and Dick go to a fair, but discover that it is run by scam artists and thieves.  So, you know, carnys.

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And so we get fights scenes scattered throughout the park, making use of the setting.

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The roller coaster is saved for the climax, of course.

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The Crimson Avenger story in this issue is intended as a light-hearted tale, with Lee accompanying a wealthy boy on his birthday, and helping him fend off kidnappers, but the ending shows his darkest side.

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After the bad guys have been caught and tied up, and are merely waiting to be shipped off to jail, Lee dons his costume and beats them up.  Not a very heroic act, but it does perhaps explain why Lee adopted a costume that better concealed his identity.

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