Jim Starlin’s cover is easily the best thing about Detective 504 (July 1981).
Gerry Conway and Don Newton are the creative team on this story, which sees the Joker commit some crimes and send some clues, all to lead the Batman to a rumpus room of death.
Olivia Ortega, a reporter, makes her first appearance in Detective. Usually she reports on the Hamilton Hill/Arthur Reeves mayoral race, but in this one she interrupts that to broadcast some clues the Joker sent to her. Very obliging.
The rumpus room does not live up to the way it appears on the cover, and it’s just not a big enough threat, not fun enough,to warrant being the payoff for the story.
Batman buries the Joker in ice cream. Ha ha. Sigh.
Paul Kupperberg, Jose Delbo and Joe Giella give another starring role to Commissioner Gordon in this chapter of Tales of Gotham City.
After a drug bust at a known location turns out nothing, Gordon realizes there must be a cop on the take, and the evidence points to one he has known all his life, the son of a cop Gordon used to work with.
The boy tries to turn his back on the mob, but that just puts the two of them in deadly peril. Gordon just keeps guilting him until he gets them out of it.
Commisioner Gordon, with the super-power of guilt.