Detective 442 (Aug./Sept. 74) features another Aparo cover, but it’s Alex Toth art on the Archie Goodwin story.
The story is a murder mystery, with a World War 1 biplane used as a weapon. It was viewed as a follow-up to the Batman/Enemy Ace tale from a few years earlier, but has no direct connection.
It’s fairly straightforward, and the villain’s identity is obvious, but it’s the Toth art that carries the tale.
The penultimate chapter, and last solo story, for Goodwin and Simonson’s Manhunter series sees Paul Kirk in Japan, hunting down the man who trained him.
The best page of the story has Christine’s father pulling a gun on her, but unable to use it. She walks out on him, and the lower half of the page is wonderfully evocative as he heads to his doom.
Manhunter battles his master, Asano Nitobe, to a standstill, trying to convince him to join his crusade against the Council, but it’s Christine who flies in with the evidence to convince him.
This marks the end of the Manhunter solo series, as the story concludes next issue in a Batman team-up.