The Bat-Murderer storyline continues in Detective 446 (April 1975), with a Len Wein/Jim Aparo tale that introduces a new villain for Batman.
Sterling Silversmith has dreams of conquering the silver market, and a belief that gold will lose it’s value, and silver become the more precious metal. His economic theories aside, Silversmith is extremely callous, and cares nothing about killing anyone who gets in his way, or using any means possible to acquire his silver.
Only the beginning and ending of this issue reflect the larger storyline. Otherwise, Batman’s battle with Silversmith could have occurred in any other issue. While I like the fact that they extended the storyline by showing how it affects Batman’s other cases, I wish they had showed a bit more of an effect.
Still, the ending, with the cop unable to shoot Batman after he drops off Silversmith, is a good scene.
Hawkman returns to the pages of Detective with this E Nelson Bridwell story, with art by Rich Buckler and Klaus Janson. Between this story and his last appearance in these pages, Hawkman had resigned from the Justice League, and returned to Thanagar with Shayera. The equalizer plague struck the planet, and Hawkman returned, bringing Shayera, now both exiled from their world until a cure could be found.
The story here is a simple one, dealing with thieves that possess a remote control that can send a car, or Hawkman, hurtling into the sky. They had made the mistake of storing their stolen loot in Carter Hall’s apparently abandoned car.