A better cover, and a better Joker story than the one a couple issues earlier, Detective 118 (Dec. 46) does feature Howard Sherman art on the Batman and Robin story.
The Joker decides to base a series of crimes on making a royal flush in diamonds, going after a people who correspond to the concept – like a dime store tycoon for the 10, and the winner of a beauty pageant for the Queen.
It’s not bad, not great. Some nice art.
The narrative informs us that radio contact with the Moon was recently achieved, and is the basis for this story. Two goons somehow transport weird creatures from the Moon to Earth. It’s totally not clear how this happened. Maybe the creatures came on their own, they do have a rocket ship at the end, but the hoods were watching them first.
Anyway, Air Wave’s costume has changed, not for the better. He no longer has the cape, and I have no idea what the new symbol on his chest is meant to represent.
Static is still around from time to time, and he still skates on telephone wires. At the end of this story, he somehow manages to make guns jump out of men’s hands with “broadcast power.”
Continuing the story from last issue, Curt Swan makes this almost Brooklyn solo story, as we follow him in his quest to stop being invisible.
He falls into the hands of gangsters, who con him into thinking they can fix him, and then use him to deliver bombs. Really dumb move on Brooklyn’s part, but perhaps the invisibility serum is messing with his brain.
He winds up cured after falling into a vat of chemicals. A bit of an easy way out, but overall, not a bad story.